Close the chocolate factory! We are growing our own chocolate trees! Always wanted to grow your own chocolate tree at home and eat all the chocolate you possible can? It requires some patients, but who says it’s impossible?
Chocolate is loved all around our planet. From chocolate soap, cookies to candy. It is used in a variety of ways. Chocolate comes from cacao beans produced by the cacao tree. The beans are then fermented in the sun, roasted and than get grounded up into powder before being processed in the chocolate factory. So if you wan to grow your own cacao tree than prepare for yourself that it’s a plant that needs to be taken care of. It is a long term relationship. If you provide it everything you need that you will have your first crop of cacao pods in about 3 to 5 years.
How to grow your own chocolate tree?
Well, the cacao trees are tropical plants and therefore they need the combination of heat and moisture. If you place the tree in a temperature lower than 65 degrees fahrenheit (18 °C) it will die. It will need to be placed in the shadow for the beginning 5 years and than it will need filtered light for the rest of it’s life.
How to do this?
It almost seems impossible but you can grow it in a container. I have found a website online where you can order cacao seeds. “Website with Cacao Seeds” Make sure that you have everything setup already because the seeds won’t survive long after they are harvested.
Plant your cacao tree in a large, heavy planter. You have to put plastic around the planter to keep the moisture level high. You can use a adjustable growing lamp with a filter to create the heat and lighting conditions.
As it grows you can keep it protected in the plastic tent. Off course you can also go the greenhouse way and setup a temperature control to arrange the temperature. The tree can grow up to 50 feet tall! (1,5 meter). When the tree grows in three to five years it will produce a white and pinky like colored bloom. It is needed to artificially pollinate them in order to produce the cacao pods. When they are ripe than you can remove the pods, open them up, get the beans out and turn them into chocolate. Now you have your own chocolate tree!