Who doesn't love chocolate ?
Cocoa is tropical plant native to South America, although it is grown in parts of Central America, Africa, India, and the South Pacific. It is a plant that needs a hot and wet environment to flourish. Prefers a protected part shade position for the first few years.
The tiny pinkish flowers appear in cauliflorous clusters at former leaf axils that in previous seasons sprouted leaves. The flowers are rather short-lived, lasting only for a day and their fertility lasts only from sunrise to sunset of that day.The seeds are the most valuable part of the plant as they provide the source material for what eventually is to become chocolate. Mature trees start to produce fruit after about five years.
After the beans are removed from the pod, they are left to ferment for 7 days. Fermentation kills the seeds and enhances the development of the chocolate flavor.
We also have wholesale numbers on cocoa available.
|Growing Conditions||Cocoa is a crop of warm humid climatic conditions requiring a well distributed rainfall of 1250mm – 3000mm per year and an annual precipitation of 1500 – 2000mm per year. However, it can be successfully grown by supplementing rainfall with irrigation during prolonged dry periods.
Prefers a protected part shade position for the first few years.
|Max Size||5 m generally pruned to stay small for harvesting|
|Temperature||deal range of temperatures for cocoa is minimums of 18-21°C and maximums of 30-32°C|
Survived well in the post to KatherineBy: Jamie Craven on 22 March 2017I live in Katherine NT and despite a long journey through Aus Post my 3 Cocoa seedling arrived safely and in great health. Will definitely order more in the future
Talking pointBy: Cherrian on 14 May 2016A great garden tree anyway and unusual and though cocoa needs fermentation why not have a go.. home grown is always taster than commercial..