How do you grow Vanilla Grass?
Posted by Dobies Staff on 16 July 2013 01:47 pm

This tropical plant is grown as a houseplant on a sunny windowsill, a steamy bathroom would be ideal, at a temperature of 18-20°C (64-68°F). Keep the plant well watered and during the summer feed with an ericaceous liquid fertilizer. Mist the plant with water about twice a week to ensure a healthy rosette of leaves throughout the year.

As the Vanilla Grass plant get larger suckers will be produced at its base. These can be removed when about 10cm (4″) in height and potted up to provide new plants.

To harvest remove one of the older leaves, the larger the leaf the more intense the flavour. Vanilla grass will give a pale green colour to any food it is stirred into and the the leaves are often added to rice during cooking. To make a vanilla grass essence put 7 leaves in a food processor with 2 tablespoons of sugar and 45ml of vodka until the leaves are finely chopped. Strain the chopped leaves through a sieve retaining the liquid essence.

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