One for the group - How much organic to inorganic in the soil of a Mature Cocoa tree ?

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One for the group - How much organic to inorganic in the soil of a Mature Cocoa tree ?

Post  Khaimraj Seepersad on Wed Feb 17, 2016 1:18 am

So we have been doing research and my brother-in-law is sharing, so am I.

A 50 to 70 foot fully grown Cocoa tree lives in soil that is 1 part organic and 28.7 parts inorganic.
[ we have to replenish the organic, because the tree bears pods ]

So use the saying -

We grow our tree for Beauty, not fruit or lumber.

The demands on the soil are much lower.

So I want you to take a teaspoon of say peatmoss and add it to 28.7 teaspoons of an inorganic [ preferably spherical ]
see what it looks like.

Now imagine that as a soil mix for finishing a tree [ only branchlets ] or a finished tree.

Can the % organic really block anything - air - water ?

AND the inorganic can be a porous material, so it can hold fertiliser in solution or water, as well as the peat moss [ remember
holds 15 times it's weight in water, so used in small quantities ]
No need for bark chunks, which turn to mush in a few months.

Hopefully this can help settle all those soil mix problems.

Ground growing is for roots, trunk size and the first 6 or so branches.
This requires more food for the tree.

Not to be mixed up with Fine Finishing.

* I was gently reminded - drier climate, porous inorganic, maybe organic and a covering of a type of moss.

Khaimraj Seepersad

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Post  Jeffery Paul on Sun Feb 21, 2016 6:10 am

Those things get that tall?

Jeffery Paul

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