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VANILLA
Planting, After-care & Harvesting

The cuttings are usually planted about 3 meters apart at the foot of the supporting trees or poles. A spacing of 1.2 - 1.5 meters in rows 2.5 - 3 meters apart is also sometimes recommended. Plants should not be entangled with each other. It is very important to train vines at a reasonable height for pollination and harvesting. Care should be taken to avoid twist of branches, tear or bruise the leaves and roots. From the flowering period to harvest it takes about 6 to 9 months. Only pods showing yellowish colour should be picked.

Every day the vanillery should be inspected and monitored as immature pods may result to inferior products or if they are cut too late they will most probably get split during curing process. All old stems or weak branches should be prunned off and equally the trellis support to be prunned to provide 35 to 45 percent of full sunlight and at the same time removing entangled vines in the correct position.

An excellent vanillery can produce 500 -800 kgs of cured beans per hectare annually. A crop life is about 7 - 9 years.