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Old 03-18-2021, 03:56 AM
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Good day everyone!
I'm a new here, I would like to discussed some scenarios and hoping that you could help me on what to do in your kindest respect

I have a 1 year old vanilla orchid plant, though it was said that it will flower 2-3 years after planting, some make their plants flower in a year by means of stressing.

I would like to ask if anyone here encountered this scenario or working on stressing their vines to induce flower. What are the steps that must be done? Should I apply some supplements? and factors that must be considered.
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Old 03-18-2021, 07:35 AM
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I have never heard of stressing a plant to get it to reliably bloom.

My limited experience and observation of vanilla is that it will not bloom until it has reached the top of it's climbing ability (limited by what it's growing on), and starts growing over and down.
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Welcome to the Orchid Board!

Vanilla is a very large plant.
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Old 03-19-2021, 03:05 AM
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I see so its a no for now. Thank you for responding Sir!
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Some people recommend wrapping it around a trellis of whatever height you want it to be before producing flowers...three or four feet. Once the vine gets thick enough and gets to the highest it can climb, it should begin to flower.
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Mine grow in a large pot with a tomato cage. If it is a new (small) plant, let it grow to about 1 1/2 ft above the top ring of the cage. Next, gently bend it down and wire/tie it so it stays that way. DO NOT crimp the stem; bend it carefully. Let it grow above the top ring again, same amount as before. Bend down again and fasten it in place. After the 3rd time, it should be stressed enough to bloom in its season. I've seen vines a little over 10 ft bloom from this treatment. It 'fools' the vine into thinking it is at the top of the canopy. Be careful when moving around a very young vine because the stem is still pretty soft, especially if a fast grower, and may actually break rather than bend.
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Mine grow in a large pot with a tomato cage. If it is a new (small) plant, let it grow to about 1 1/2 ft above the top ring of the cage. Next, gently bend it down and wire/tie it so it stays that way. DO NOT crimp the stem; bend it carefully. Let it grow above the top ring again, same amount as before. Bend down again and fasten it in place. After the 3rd time, it should be stressed enough to bloom in its season. I've seen vines a little over 10 ft bloom from this treatment. It 'fools' the vine into thinking it is at the top of the canopy. Be careful when moving around a very young vine because the stem is still pretty soft, especially if a fast grower, and may actually break rather than bend.
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Edelyn, my cat actually sleeps on my vanilla orchid ---- and the leaves just become flat against the foam box - which get sandwiched between her and the foam box. The orchid is going well by just running along the ground. And when it gets a bit long, i just loop it back on itself. I think one of these days or years ----- it could even produce flowers. But right now, it's an ornament plant. It would be better if my cat didn't keep sleeping on it hehe. But surprisingly - the leaves just become flat, but nothing bad happens to them. The rest of the leaves, which extend further out ---- escape the stresses and pressures of my cat though hehehe
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Edelyn, my cat actually sleeps on my vanilla orchid ---- and the leaves just become flat against the foam box - which get sandwiched between her and the foam box. The orchid is going well by just running along the ground. And when it gets a bit long, i just loop it back on itself. I think one of these days or years ----- it could even produce flowers. But right now, it's an ornament plant. It would be better if my cat didn't keep sleeping on it hehe. But surprisingly - the leaves just become flat, but nothing bad happens to them. The rest of the leaves, which extend further out ---- escape the stresses and pressures of my cat though hehehe
I think your cat is an orchid lover as well Thank you for responding

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But surprisingly - the leaves just become flat, but nothing bad happens to them. The rest of the leaves, which extend further out ---- escape the stresses and pressures of my cat though hehehe
That is hilarious. A truly flat-leaved (planifolia) vanilla.

I have 2 vanillas but I need a cat!
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