Time for a Quiz! Gardeners test your knowledge.

by Rees Cowden on May 30, 2008 · 6 comments

in All Posts,Cool Stuff,Flowers & Trees,Pests & Weeds

Ok all you gardeners out there time for a quiz. Make your best guess as to what this is a photo of.

These copper leaves came out as one whirl, at the tip of the leader, and doubled in size each day. They went from nothing to 14 inches long in one week.

Here is another shot from a bit more distance. Can you guess what it is?

Hints:

  • If you look at the background planting you will see that it is growing in a tropical region.
  • It will only grow within 20 degrees of the equator.
  • It does best as an understory planting.
  • It likes to have daily rain and loves high humidity.
  • I’m not growing it for its fruit but it is edible.

Do you give up yet?

  • Think warm drinks….humm……….no its not coffee.
  • Think cake……..that’s too easy now….any guesses?
  • Think syrup…….no…not maple, silly.

Ok one last hint.

  • What I hope to harvest actually grows directly off of the trunk and branches and can get up to 12 inches long………HA!….no it’s not a banana, sorry.

Okay enough teasing. It’s a Cacao tree, you know, where chocolate comes from. I bought this on one of my trips down to western Miami. I don’t expect it to produce anything for a few years though….Life fantasy 64 is to own a Cacao grove in the islands someday…

  • Craig Rees Cowden
  • p.s. Shortly I’ll be telling you where you can get your hands on a few of the seeds if you want to try making some chocolate yourself.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

deb May 31, 2008 at 12:28 am

What a great tree. Now I want one. Thanks

Deb

Anna May 31, 2008 at 6:16 am

You had me going. I did look at the background first. Knowing you live in steamy Florida made me think it was going to be tropical.

Rees Cowden June 4, 2008 at 2:28 pm

It is really a pretty plant and I’m looking forward to someday when I can harvest some of the nuts…:)
Rees

Eric Bronson July 18, 2008 at 3:32 am

Great challenge for all the northern gardeners! Just checking out all my neighborhood bloggers!!!

sunita October 17, 2008 at 11:42 am

Growing it is fun but processing it to get the cocoa is not.
We used to grow this in our garden here in India. There was some kind of project by the Agriculture Development Board encouraging people to grow cocoa and promising to help with the processing but that fizzled through and that was the end of that! : (
Pretty tree and fruits though.

Dragonfly Lady October 5, 2009 at 9:30 pm

Gardening is fun! I’ve had several volunteer plants grow that still need an identity!!

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