It’s 2018 now and haven’t noticed any new updates on artificial cacao cultivation. I.E. Greenhouse or indoor. I’ve decided to put my bean to bar plans on hold since there’s some fear mongering in the media about chocolate shortage by 2050. In order to protect any livelihood in this industry I’ve decided it’s best to build a greenhouse and have my own hobby sized cacao garden (its going to take a few years).
I’ve bought some resource books and have looked up on youtube instagram and googled through every free resource I can find. The thing is I’ve only come across a very small handful of greenhouses that have sucessfully kept these trees alive as it is a fairly newer concept. I realize that it is the most difficult and finnickey tree out of any. But have there been any success in getting pods under artificial conditions in recent years?
As a follow up question: When I get my climate controlled greenhouse up and running, should I keep them in pots? I understand they have taproots as tall as the trunk of the tree, but in my northern living condition wouldn’t the ground be too cold to plant into the ground and shock the tree into death or dormitory?
I have never heard that bats are natural pollinators of cacao. I had to look it up. I wonder if bats who are not accustomed to cacao would know what to do.
To the best of my knowledge, there may be only one species of bee that pollinates cacao – melipona, is a small, stingless, bee native to Mexico.
The primary pollinator for cacao is a midge, a small fly. This is because of the size and structure of the cacao flower.
You are correct, and although I know that the articles are completely fear mongering, there is no harm in having an “arc” in case in the next hundred years or so some disease could widespread kill the population of trees :]
There is a garden in Holland where they are growing trees. This year they produced about 50 pods. One of the major issues is pollination. One of the reasons you are having problems finding research is that it’s not a topic anyone has been paying much attention to.
It’s also important to read the research that’s quoted in the articles about chocolate going extinct in 2050. That’s not what the research is saying – it is how it’s being reported, which is a different thing.