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Chocolate Plant, Theobroma cacao!
    #11577919 - 12/03/09 06:26 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)

Well I've wanted one of these for a very long time, and today I got a package in the mail from a relative.

It was a chocolate plant!!!!

I'm so excited to finally get a hold of one, but as I've never cared for them, are there any members on here (Zaka :wink:) that can lend any insight or tips on caring for this plant?

Pics tomorrow!


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Re: Chocolate Plant, Theobroma cacao! [Re: Cactusdan]
    #11577976 - 12/03/09 06:33 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)

Pics now!!!!


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Re: Chocolate Plant, Theobroma cacao! [Re: KBG1977]
    #11578094 - 12/03/09 06:46 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)

I just tried, the lighting is god awful :sad:

I'll also get pics of the Coleus I snagged as well :yesnod:


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Re: Chocolate Plant, Theobroma cacao! [Re: Cactusdan]
    #11578127 - 12/03/09 06:50 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)

Congrats.  I hooked up a botanical garden with one after theirs died.  I know one thing.  They are VERY sensitive to certain viruses.  The one they had died in 24 hours after they had it for years.

I would try to acclimate them s-l-o-w-l-y from the environment they were in.


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Re: Chocolate Plant, Theobroma cacao! [Re: Mr. Mushrooms]
    #11578186 - 12/03/09 06:57 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)

it came from Puerto Rico, whose environment is slightly more tropical than here.

The instructions that came with it said nothing about acclimating it's rh but I know better!!!

Thanks for the info!


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Re: Chocolate Plant, Theobroma cacao! [Re: Cactusdan]
    #11579307 - 12/03/09 09:13 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)

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I just tried, the lighting is god awful :sad:

I'll also get pics of the Coleus I snagged as well :yesnod:





Nice work sir! I can't wait until Bunnings have their annual Coleus' [Coleii]?? in store! How do you get them to seed when they flower btw?


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Re: Chocolate Plant, Theobroma cacao! [Re: J.T]
    #11580352 - 12/03/09 11:52 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)

they are pretty hardy bro. like said, there are some shit that can knock them out fast, but they are pretty easy otherwise.  they do full sun well, can take some drought and take floods well too :smile:  can also be grown from cuttings, but so far i have had only 40-50% :frown:


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Re: Chocolate Plant, Theobroma cacao! [Re: kadakuda]
    #11580402 - 12/04/09 12:00 AM (11 years, 5 months ago)

Well, we shall give it a try and see how it goes!

Thanks for the advice Kada.


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Re: Chocolate Plant, Theobroma cacao! [Re: Cactusdan]
    #11580425 - 12/04/09 12:07 AM (11 years, 5 months ago)

Dude,Florida isn't close to being tropical.you better grow that plant indoors during the winter:grin:


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Re: Chocolate Plant, Theobroma cacao! [Re: KBG1977]
    #11580461 - 12/04/09 12:13 AM (11 years, 5 months ago)

Not the part you were in :tongue:

I am on the border of plant hardiness zone 10 by maybe a few miles and at most get 1-2 very light freezes a year.

It will be inside this winter however.

EDIT: A diagram :yesnod:



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Re: Chocolate Plant, Theobroma cacao! [Re: Cactusdan]
    #11580469 - 12/04/09 12:14 AM (11 years, 5 months ago)

The one I got was from Florida and moved to the 41 parallel.  The idiots in the nursery killed it through neglect.  Funny though, it don't look anything like a cactus.


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Re: Chocolate Plant, Theobroma cacao! [Re: Mr. Mushrooms]
    #11580485 - 12/04/09 12:16 AM (11 years, 5 months ago)

I grow other things besides cacti :tongue:

That's just what I PREFER growing


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Re: Chocolate Plant, Theobroma cacao! [Re: KBG1977]
    #11580500 - 12/04/09 12:18 AM (11 years, 5 months ago)

oh,ok,so that part I was in was temperate.You're sub tropical.


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Re: Chocolate Plant, Theobroma cacao! [Re: KBG1977]
    #11580515 - 12/04/09 12:20 AM (11 years, 5 months ago)

Yes sir!

Actually, by that map I'm tropical, but sub-tropical would be more fitting I think.

I'm gonna try to get working on a greenhouse this winter and see about keeping her in there next winter.

Also looking at putting together a germination room too!


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Re: Chocolate Plant, Theobroma cacao! [Re: Cactusdan]
    #11580569 - 12/04/09 12:29 AM (11 years, 5 months ago)

Quote:

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I grow other things besides cacti :tongue:

That's just what I PREFER growing




I know.  I was making a joke about the idiots at the nursery because they treated it like a cactus, i.e. they neglected it.

It is the most awesome greenhouse.  It has a tropical and subtropical section, a cactus and succulent section, an orchid section, a fern section, all under glass.  Then there are the outdoor beds.  It is truly magical.  And, almost no one is ever there when I visit.

I'm so happy you have this plant and I can't wait for some pics.  :drooling:


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Re: Chocolate Plant, Theobroma cacao! [Re: Cactusdan]
    #11580572 - 12/04/09 12:29 AM (11 years, 5 months ago)

right on,well you better post pics:grin:


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Re: Chocolate Plant, Theobroma cacao! [Re: KBG1977]
    #11580606 - 12/04/09 12:35 AM (11 years, 5 months ago)

Hehe I will, although it's not much to see yet, but I'll try to get em up tomorrow if weather permits.


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Re: Chocolate Plant, Theobroma cacao! [Re: Cactusdan]
    #11580626 - 12/04/09 12:38 AM (11 years, 5 months ago)

While we wait.



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Re: Chocolate Plant, Theobroma cacao! [Re: Mr. Mushrooms]
    #11581795 - 12/04/09 05:00 AM (11 years, 5 months ago)

Irie Dan,
Nice score!:thumbup:
Full sun at your lat. should be fine, here they use erythrina verna as tall shade trees in the plantation.
Yeah don't treat it like a cactus!
It doesn't need to dry out but over watering could become a problem.
Just keep it warm & give it love.
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Re: Chocolate Plant, Theobroma cacao! [Re: Zaka]
    #11583297 - 12/04/09 01:14 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)

Here they are, some crappy pictures of the plant :sad:

It's gray and drizzly out today so I can't get anything too nice, more to come when it clears up though!



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