Friday, December 28, 2018

Repotting Cacao

So I got a new pot to put some of the cacao trees in so the smaller pot doesn't get too overcrowded as they start to grow.  So far they 're doing well.
I'll have to make sure the heat stays on over the weekend though so they won't die from cold.  It's not supposed to freeze but it'll be close.
As you can see the cotyledon have fallen off of two of the plants in the new pot.  The ones remaining in the old pot still have them attached.
I'm using a different potting mix for this pot (actual potting soil from the store rather than dirt from the yard) and see how it affects the plants.  I'm going to assume that they'll do better but so far the plants seem happy either way.  The ones one cubicle over are planted in some sort of dirt from the store and don't seem to be doing any better or worse for the past month or so.

Will be getting some vanilla orchids in next week.  They'll be a good companion to these guys once they get taller and get a trunk on them.

It still amazes me to think about how many people consume chocolate and the single source bean craze that's been going on for some years now and yet I can't find any real information on the trees themselves.  all of these plants came from one pod and yet there are definite differences in the plants that are probably due to genetics.  There's no telling now many different types of cacao trees there really are in any given area.  In the 7 plants I have alone there are differences in the leaves, cotyledon, and stems.  They always talk about how it's the soil that's the main difference in an area or one of three or four types of cacao (depending on who you ask) but I'm seeing what looks like a litter of puppies all with different fathers but in plant form.  What interests me most is the red nodules at the base of some of the leaves and stems.  Two of the plants have this to differing degrees.  We'll see if this trait persists or if they grow out of it.

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