Vanilla planifolia orchids are native to Central America and are epiphytic climbers that put out aerial roots to capture water and nutrients. One of the easiest orchids to grow, they produce flowers from spring to summer. These blooms slowly form fruits that are long skinny pods commonly referred to as vanilla beans. As they mature, they are harvested and cured for culinary use. Plants usually take 2-3 years to bloom, when they grow to over 10 feet in length. Vanilla orchids prefer humidity, indirect sunlight, and temperatures over 50 degrees. They require a substrate with excellent drainage and constant moisture.