Would you want to grow chocolate in your backyard?
Do I even need to ask?
I’ve been looking all over for an expert on growing cacao, and I found Alex with Tropical Mango Rare & Exotic Fruit Nursery, in Phoenix, AZ who is going to tell us all about it.
I’m so excited that we theoretically can grow chocolate sustainably and on a micro-farming scale (you can probably tell by looking at my face in the interview, LOL).
You’ll find out
– what temperature range Cacao produces in
– what temps the plant can survive
– how much space you need
– what fertility is required
– amount of chocolate per plant
– light requirements
Yes, these plants do need to be babied… But in my mind, this is the whole purpose of having a green house in your backyard 🙂
I am thinking of creating a challenge of building greenhouses and producing chocolate! LOL. Drop me a comment if you are interested. We’re going to be doing a lot more with greenhouses in the future, for sure.
Marjory Wildcraft is an Expedition Leader and Bioneer Blogger with The [Grow] Network, which is an online community that recognizes the wisdom of “homegrown food on every table.” Marjory has been featured as an expert on sustainable living by National Geographic, she is a speaker at Mother Earth News fairs, and is a returning guest on Coast to Coast AM. She is an author of several books, but is best known for her “Grow Your Own Groceries” video series, which is used by more than 300,000 homesteaders, survivalists, universities, and missionary organizations around the world.