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Vanilla planifolia, or ‘flat-leafed’ vanilla, is the scientific name for the plant referred to as the ‘vanilla vine’, ‘vanilla orchid’ or simply, and most commonly, as vanilla. The genus name Vanilla, comes from the Spanish name for the spice, which is “vainilla”.
'Vainilla' itself is “a diminutive of ‘vaina’, or a sheath, vagina, pod, perhaps motivated by the sheath-like shape of the fruit,” (Katzer, 2003). The specific-epithet (the species-half of the scientific name), ‘planifolia’, alludes to the flat shape of the leaves of the plant.
To accomplish this the plant needs food. Fertilize the orchid every two weeks with a diluted orchid fertilizer. Water the plant consistently to keep it evenly moist but allow the top two to three inches to dry out between watering. Vanilla orchid care does require vigilance for spider mites and mealybugs.
We recommend the Australian Munash Organics soil food and foliage spray to keep you plants happy and healthy!
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