Chocolate – Theobroma
Theobroma cacao – chocolate – is very easy to germinate as long as you have fresh seeds. Buying the entire pod is a great way to make sure the seeds are still viable as long as the pod is freshly cut off the tree. Buying individual seeds or trading for them is a little more risky. In the event the seeds you receive are dry – or dry out during shipping – they simply will not germinate. Dried seeds are good for one thing – eating.
Today I went out into the garden and removed the last of the spring lettuce from the raised bed. I raked the soil so that it was loose again as it had been this spring then filled the bed to the top with fresh potting soil. After mixing the two soils together I proceeded to plant seeds of Rouge d’Hiver lettuce. I watered them in and am patiently waiting for signs of life.
The Theobroma cacao tree puts out more flowers by the day. I noticed that one of them had finally opened slightly today.