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Vanilla Planifolia 5pc Cuttings

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Grow your own vanilla beans!

One pack is containing 5pcs freshly cut stem of 12inch Vanilla Planifolia. You can grow this in your garden together with other Ornamental Orchids species or in a plantation for commercial propagation. Caring is the same way with an ordinary orchids.

Planting Instructions:

  1. Unpack the vanilla cuttings package after receiving delivery from courier.
  2. Plant your cuttings in an orchid pot using substrate, coconut fiber or coco peat as medium. Do not expose to sunlight.
  3. Or this can be transplanted to the field using live kakawate tree as trellis support, cover with coco peat the bottom of the plants. Don’t bury the plants under the soil.
  4. The plants must be kept moist and fertilized at least once a month with a balanced granular N-P-K fertilizer (10-10-10).
  5. Plants provided with water can grow rapidly in temperatures of 23–27°C. At lower temperatures (15–22°C), growth will be slower.
  6. Moderate rainfall occurring throughout the year for the first 1.5–2 years will help cuttings to establish and thrive. New growth is regularly secured to the trellis support and kept at a convenient height for hand pollination.

Description

Vanilla is a spice derived from orchids of the genus Vanilla, primarily obtained from pods of the Planifolia species, flat-leaves vanilla. The word vanilla, derived from vainilla, the diminutive of the Spanish word vaina.

USES AND PRODUCTS

The highly aromatic, cured pod (or “bean”) of the vanilla orchid (Vanilla planifolia) is the primary product. Vanilla owes its properties to vanillin, a compound that is formed during pod maturation and in the curing process. Vanillin is believed to be one of most popular scents in the world. Natural vanillin is expensive by weight, but when used as a flavoring it is affordable.

Vanilla is used extensively to flavor ice cream, chocolate, beverages, candies, cakes, puddings, custards, and many other confections. In Hawai‘i, chefs add it to seafood dishes and other non-dessert dishes. Commercial products include:

  • Whole cured vanilla beans
  • Extractions (usually in a minimum 35% alcohol)
  • Powder of ground, cured beans
  • Paste (minimum 12.5% ground cured beans with sugar syrup, starch, or other ingredients)
  • Seeds

As an aromatic, vanilla is included in products such as perfumes, cosmetics, lotions, detergents, fabric softeners, air fresheners, aroma therapy, and many others. It is also widely used in rubber manufacture and in the fabrication of other items with unpleasant odors.

While the traditions surrounding vanilla are filled with references of the ritualistic and healing powers of this spice, there are few well documented studies to verify these characteristics. Recently, some evidence of anticarcinogenic (interference with cancer formation) and anticlastogenic (promotion of chromosome repair) activity of vanillin has been found. The anticlastogenic effect of vanillin has been documented in the protection that it provides to cells that are exposed to ultraviolet (UV) radiation and X-rays. When vanillin was added to cell cultures, mutation was significantly reduced following exposure to radiation. This study clearly provides evidence that there are antimutagenic properties of vanillin.