How Are Vanilla Beans Grown?

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Vanilla beans are grown as vines, and thus they are planted in rows against a fence, while the seed pods are harvested when they are dry. Turn seed pods into vanilla with help from a sustainable gardener in this free video on vanilla bean gardening and plant care.

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Hi this is Yolanda Vanveen and in this segment we're going to talk about how is a vanilla bean grown. Now vanilla is a wonderful plant and it's actually related to the orchids and it's a vine, it's one of the only orchids that grows as a vine. And so when they're grown, the roots are just planted in rows up against a fence and then the vines come up and they grow all summer long just like grapes in a way. And so then they'll produce wonderful flowers just like a beautiful orchid and they're really pretty flowers and then the flowers will die off and then they produce these wonderful seed pods. Now the seed pods is what the vanilla comes from and so as soon as that seed pod is dry, naturally, it's pulled off the stem and then it's turn around and dried right out in the sun and then it's turn around and ground into French vanilla and used as ice cream. Or vanilla can be used as a spice as well, it really doesn't matter, it's one of the most beautiful plants in the world. So vanilla will grow like an orchid with vines and then it will produce flowers. Once the flowers are done, they'll produce seed pods. Those seed pods are then dried and then that is what is turned into vanilla. And it's really a wonderful plant that's really easy to grow.

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