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Vanilla plants grow in tropical places. Vanilla plants need the perfect temperature to grow. They also need the right amount of sunlight. Each plant must have its own tree. Trees give the vines something to wrap around.

Only certain kinds of bees can pollinate vanilla flowers. These bees live in Mexico. But they do not always pollinate the flowers. So farmers must pollinate by hand. Farmers make sure vanilla pods grow.

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Making Connections


Have you eaten something with vanilla as an ingredient? Did you like the flavor?


Can you think of another food you have read about that takes a long time to grow? How is it like the vanilla plant? How is it different?


Vanilla is grown in tropical places. What are some tropical places that you know of?

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