Plant Care Flat Leafed Vanilla

Flat Leafed Vanilla

5.0 out of 5 (2 experiences)

Flat Leafed Vanilla has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate
Flat Leafed Vanilla has a Survivor plant personality Survivor

About Flat Leafed Vanilla

Flat Leafed Vanilla is a relatively rare houseplant 🌿 that is a fun challenge to grow and needs lots of water to thrive. They do best in moderate sunlight 🌤 and should be less than 6 feet from a window.

Plant parents describe this plant as easy to propagate and being a survivor with only 41 being grown with Greg around the world. Check out the reviews below for more details!🌟

Flat Leafed Vanilla belongs to the Vanilla genus, and is native to Mexico and Central America.


Vanilla planifolia

Also known as

Flat leaved vanila or West Indian Vanila

How to care for Flat Leafed Vanilla


How often to water your Flat Leafed Vanilla

Water needs for Flat Leafed Vanilla
0.5 cups
every 7

Flat Leafed Vanilla needs 0.5 cups of water every 7 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Flat Leafed Vanilla

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Flat Leafed Vanilla in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Flat Leafed Vanilla: 6ft from a window
6ft or less from
a window

Flat Leafed Vanilla can tolerate being far from a window and light source.

Place it less than 6 feet from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪.

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How to fertilize Flat Leafed Vanilla

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Flat Leafed Vanilla: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Flat Leafed Vanilla after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Flat Leafed Vanilla can be challenging to care for, according to some plant parents. Check out the reviews down below to learn from their experiences!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Flat Leafed Vanilla

Flat Leafed Vanilla

Flat Leafed Vanilla

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 7 days


< 6ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Flat Leafed Vanilla has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 1
Flat Leafed Vanilla has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 1
Megan avatar
leaf-1 94 Plants
xp 14,433 XP
globe Washington, DC

I owned this plant for several months before it clicked that this is what vanilla beans come from! They don’t bloom until they’re fairly mature but I love it still. The leaves are nice and shiny and the roots are amazing - they kind of grab on to the potting medium and you can even see the little grabbing bits.
Not a great plant if you’re looking for something that’s going to be blooming all the time.

Anorn avatar
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 117 XP
globe Prairiewood, New South Wales

Very slow growing at first and has strict watering, temperature and humidity requirements but really worth it

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor

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