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It's been a year and two months but today I started hand-pollinating my vanilla orchid again. Missed the first 5 flowers, got one today, hopefully there will be 12 or more after that. I got 19 beans from last year's. Pictures from last year.

Allamanda 8 June 16
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Very cool 😎😎

bobwjr Level 9 June 16, 2020
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Interesting, the vanilla bean looks lie a green bean. I wonder how expensive vanilla is there. It is very expensive here.

JackPedigo Level 9 June 16, 2020

@Allamanda More, I guess this is the typical save the best for export to wealthy countries like the US. Just to help your island I buy artificial.

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A vanilla bean comes from the orchid flower??

freeofgod Level 8 June 16, 2020

@Allamanda Surprising. I don't know where I thought they came from but would have never guessed orchid.

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So that is what they mean on an ice cream container when they call something Vanilla Bean. Enjoy it while you can. I don't think there is anywhere in the continental US where one can grow this. Is there?

MarkWD Level 7 June 16, 2020
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WOW, that seems labor intensive.

@Allamanda What do have to do to them and what is the final product .

@Allamanda That's very time consuming. But worth it I'm sure.

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