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OUTLINE OF THE VANILLA GROWTH CYCLE

OUTLINE OF THE VANILLA GROWTH CYCLE
For Vanilla Planifolia grown on the east coast of Madagascar
From planting to marketing

 
VINE PLANTING (N)
In Madagascar at the end of the dry season
Cuttings of 100 - 150 cm or longer (300 - 400 cm)
Cuttings should have at least 8 - 10 nodes


+ 36 months
(rapid growth of the vine 0.60 - 120 cm per month)


FIRST FLOWERS (N + 3)
over a period of about 3 months



FLOWER POLLINATION
+ 1 - 2 months: final pod size
+ 7 - 8 months: pod maturity



HARVEST OF THE FIRST MATURE PODS
when the pod measures 14 - 20 cm between June and September over a period of 3 months



POD CURING (N + 4)
Pod killing
Sweating: pods turn chocolate brown
Sun dried for 2 - 4 weeks
Dried in shade for 2 - 3 months
Conditioned in boxes for 2 - 3 months with constant monitoring of the pods

EXPORT (N + 4.5)


RETAIL MARKETING OF THE YEAR'S PODS (N + 5)
from December / January




FOUR TO FIVE YEARS HAVE ELAPSED BETWEEN PLANTING THE VANILLA CUTTINGS AND MARKETING THE VANILLA PODS

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