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Vanilla Technical Session | Flower Induction – Shade Reduction

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These healthy vanilla vines indicate a gradual reduction of shade

By Piero Bianchessi, Former Owner and Operator of Venui Vanilla

Goal  : to gradually reduce the shade to let the sun penetrate the lines

When : right before the expected dry season

Tool : (1) Bush ladder (2) Pruning Saw


Prune a few branches every week on the shade tree, gradually reducing the shade over a period of 3 to 4 weeks


Do not cut all the shade branches at once to avoid burning the vines and the roots

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