SHADE GROWING OF VANILLA -VANILLA STORIES
VANILLA STORIES SERIES
In the ensuing pages you will find cultivation information from our grower farms located in the following places of vanilla cultivation which becomes our supply backbones.
The cultivation and processing in vanilla happens in these farms. Shown are Farms located in (1) Niligiris Biosphere- Ooty,coonoor , silent valley area-Mannarkad, Gudalur areas (2) Shimoga in Karnataka known as shimoga vanilla farms (3) Trivandrum orchid belts , Trichur and palakkad sectors (4) Pollachi and mettupalayam of coimbatore districts.
In each segment the cultivation methods and micro climate are different and we will see a variety of techniques used for cultivation.
Also shown here are our grower farms located in different countries like Myanmar, Malaysia and Mauritius, Madagascar etc.
Located in the interior Kranataka near to the Jog falls is our place caled shimoga where we cultivate some part of vanilla plants and where our mother plants nursery is located.. In the Areca supari belt most of the arecanut trees are used as trainers for new vanilla and vanilla and areca have great affinity to each other.
In shimoga we grow our vanilla under supari - areca catechu trees or on them as shown here
Mostly vanilla vine support could be out of erythrina and glyricidia plants-trees
Vanilla under bloom in our farms
Vanilla blooms just after pollination
Vanilla pods after a few days of pollination. You can see the beans with the disheveled flowers at the end of the beans
Matured beans after 30 days of flowering
Stressed vanilla plants just back to growth with flowering blooms appearing all over.
Fully clothed with beans this vine looks overloaded.
Canopy of Areca trees where the vanilla is culitvated.
Typical undergrowth of the areca plantations where you can see the micro climate and light levels.
Some of the wild views inside the farms
You can see some cymbidium aloifolium plants growing naturally on the trees
Some of the wild cymbidiums on the trees in our farms
Closeup views of the cymbidum cluster
Areca, banana and orchids as intercrops
Areaca palm in bloom
Young vanilla shoot just emerging...
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