Indoor vanilla growing conditions

New Zealand PlantationWhat are the ideal indoor conditions for growing vanilla?

Vanilla is a tropical plant and will only grow well within 20 degrees of the equator. However in a heated glasshouse we grow vanilla commercially in New Zealand at 37 degrees south. We maintain minimum temps of 16 c overnight and 21 c during the day, 50% shade and 80% relative humidity. It would grow well inside providing you can maintain humidity. It also needs a wet and dry season. Growing in a controlled environment makes this easy to replicate. Without a dry season the vines won’t flower. (03/08/2008) By Boggo

Boggo is probably Garth Boggis at Heilala Vanilla in New Zealand.