The vanilla plant is a member of the orchid family and grows in the form of a vine. In the wild state, it lives in tropical rainforests, where it attaches to supports (tree trunks) through aerial roots put out by the stalk. This orchid grows well in the humus-rich soils of deep, humid valleys.
The vines are propagated by making cuttings in plant compost at the foot of a stake, which serves as a support.
There are two different types of stakes:
The artificial stake
(wooden pole or any other artificial support for the vine).