THE BALANCE BETWEEN VEGETATIVE AND REPRODUCTIVE GROWTH OF VANILLA VINES (VANILLA FRAGRANS (SALISB.) AMES) AND ITS CONTROL IN NATURE AND IN CULTIVATION

C.L.A. Leakey
An adequate understanding of the basic botany of Vanilla fragrans is germane to the adoption of rational cultivation practices. Vanilla is a monocotyledonous genus of the family Orchidaceae and has very little in common with other tropical perennial crops such as coffee, tea, rubber or cocoa. The whole range of botanical features of Vanilla fragrans related to its successful cultivation are reviewed elsewhere (Leakey, 1970) and in an separate paper Vanilla root rot in Uganda is discussed in relation to the normal functions of the roots and their associations with mycorrhiza (Leakey, 1970). The present contribution relates factors determining reproductive and vegetative growth phases under natural conditions to cultural practices that have previously been advocated in the literature but not regularly followed in commercial production.
Leakey, C.L.A. (1971). THE BALANCE BETWEEN VEGETATIVE AND REPRODUCTIVE GROWTH OF VANILLA VINES (VANILLA FRAGRANS (SALISB.) AMES) AND ITS CONTROL IN NATURE AND IN CULTIVATION. Acta Hortic. 21, 151-157
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.1971.21.25
https://doi.org/10.17660/ActaHortic.1971.21.25

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