Vanilla in Dutch Greenhouses: a Discovery – from Research to Production
Filip van Noort, Crop Specialist
Wageningen University and Research, Business Unit Greenhouse Horticulture
Wagenigen, The Netherlands
Vanilla is one of the most well-known spices in the world: This orchid grows as a vine, climbing up an existing tree, pole, or other form of support. It is mostly grown in the open, in (semi-)tropical countries, but is also grown in shaded houses with some technical support to increase vanilla cultivation.
In the Netherlands a lot of (semi-)tropical crops are grown under glass and after many years of research and growing of these crops it is now possible to achieve higher production than ever before. These higher levels have been achieved by being in control of as much (growing) parameters as possible, including year-round growth, light, temperature, watering, fertilization, CO2, etc.
This presentation will cover the following topics:
Start of discovery –Literature and First Growing Experiences
Climate, Temperature, and Humidity
Water and Fertilizer
The Growing System
Control of Flowering
Production of Beans
Filip van Noort, 14-10-1966
Crop specialist for crops grown protected (mostly glass)
Worked on vegetables (1991-1994), cutflowers (1991-2001), ornamentals (1991-till now), Spices and crops for ingredients(2012 – till now). I have done research on all the basic growth parameters of plants such as light, temperature, water, fertilization, CO2 etc. and always try to make cultivation protocols for the crops I work on.