SHADE GROWING OF VANILLA
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.
Vanilla bloom cluster with some dropped vanilla flowers and fertilised ones
Typical budding phenomenon in some vanilla as you can see it with some leaves and buds as it emerges from leaf axils.
In this view you will see the vanilla vines as they are pruned for cultivation and flowering and can make the lenght of the vine in production
Coiled vanilla with enough mulching at the bottom of the plant and see the vanilla bunches in every other leaf axils.
Sun scorching and insect bites that happens in flwoering season of the vanilla plants
Banana intercropping that is done when you start a Areca palm line with a 2 year old Areca plant inbetween.
Typical view of the fruited bananan variety known in this part as Elaichi banana.
Another Banana variety in production
The undergrowth with Mucona plants as a system for weed protection and green manure.
Typical training of mother vines for nursery vanilla on the Areca tree trunk.
Here is another view of the vanilla plants under the same area.
Closeup view of the vanilla bunches
Another view of the vanilla closeup bunches.
In between areas under areaca where density of areca is less gliricidia is used as support plants.
Rich Harvest of green beans from this vine with an average of around 16-20 kgs bunches.
Another view of the green beans clusters in the vine
Some view of the vanilla plants on glyricidia
Closeup view fo the plant where you can makeout the vine lenghts, coil sizes and rooting structures
Bottom pit view fo the vanilla vine
You can view the closeup of the vanilla rooting on the mother tree
Typical vanilla bunch where you can see almost all the beans are of the same size and also you can make out the number of beans on the bunch with each beans around 30 to 40 gms in weight on maturity.
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