Chocolate Scented Daisy: Tips For Growing Chocolate Flower Plants
The following are some tips for growing chocolate flowers from seed. These are not all the things you need to do but they will give you ideas of what to try first if you want to start your own chocolate garden.
You may find these helpful when trying to decide which type of plants would work best for your needs. Remember, each person’s situation is different so it might take longer or shorter time than others.
1) Choose a sunny location with lots of light.
If possible, choose a spot where there is plenty of room to spread out your plants. A sunny window sill works well too.
2) Plant the seeds in moist peat moss (or other soil).
Do not use potting soil because it will rot before the flowers appear! Make sure the seeds are covered completely with water and then place them into the mixture for at least two weeks until they sprout roots.
3) Water the seeds regularly during their early stages.
When the plants have grown several inches tall, transplant them into larger pots or containers. Once they reach about six inches high, move them outside to enjoy the sunshine and get some sun.
They will continue to grow until they become big enough to be harvested for chocolate flowers.
4) Keep your plants well watered throughout the year and make sure you keep them away from strong winds.
If the sun is very hot in your area, make sure you water them more often than usual. During the winter months they do not all of a sudden stop blooming and growing.
Keep them indoors and enjoy their beauty or move them back outside when the weather has warmed up again.
Tips to Growing Chocolate Flowers from Seed
Before you start trying to grow any plants from seed, you need to understand that they rarely work the first time. It takes practice and patience to get the right mixture of seeds, soil, water and sunlight.
Below you will find some tips that can help you when trying to grow your own chocolate flowers from seed.
1) When planting the seeds, make sure not to bury them too deep or leave them shallower than a 1/4 of an inch.
The goal is for the seed to be in contact with damp soil so keep this in mind when planting.
2) Make sure the soil is moist like a wrung out sponge.
You do not want it to be soggy mush or rocks hard either. While the seeds are starting to sprout, keep the soil damp by watering it regularly.
Once they are a few inches tall, you can water them a little less.
3) Stay on top of weeds.
Do not let them grow or they will take over and your plants will not get enough sunlight. A good tip is to put down some newspaper and spray paint the area around your plants yellow.
This will help you to see any weed growth early.
4) Make sure your seeds get enough sunlight.
You may need to transplant them if they are struggling with this.
5) If you want to start your plants inside, start around 6 weeks before you want to transplant them outside.
This will give them plenty of time to grow before they are put in their permanent location.
6) Fertilize the soil with bone meal, blood meal, or some other type of fertilizer that is high in nitrogen.
This will help them to grow quickly and should provide a good start for your flowers.
7) Deadhead spent flowers.
Do not let them go to seed unless you want a whole new area full of wildflowers in your yard!
Once your plants have grown and you have found a great location in your yard for them, it is time to sit back and relax. They will continue to grow and will provide you with beautiful flowers as long as you water them and keep on top of the weeds.
You can also collect and save the seeds to grow more next year!
Chocolate Flowers – Growing Gourmet
The chocolate flower is a type of wildflower that blooms from mid-spring all the way through fall. It grows in a variety of colors and is a favorite among gardeners and farmers everywhere.
This is because it can thrive in almost any condition and looks absolutely beautiful in a field or along a walkway.
The chocolate flower taste just like its name and can be used in a variety of recipes. Once the flowers have gone to seed it is ready to be harvested.
The best way to do this is to make sure the pods are completely dry and then toss them in a bag. Once you have a good amount, you can throw them in a food processor or simply just remove the seeds from the pod.
The seeds can be thrown into dishes while cooking or ground up and used as a substitute for chocolate in baking. Many people say it tastes much better than the artificial stuff!
Here are a few great chocolate flower recipes to try:
Chocolate Flower Ice Cream
2 qts. Half and Half
4 Eggs, separated
1/2 lb. Sugar
2 tbs. Vanilla
1 tsp. Salt
3 oz. Semisweet Chocolate, grated or chopped (approx.
1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, scald the half and half, or bring it to just before the boiling point (small bubbles will begin to form around the edge of the pan).
2. Meanwhile, place the egg yolks in a large bowl and whisk until they are light in color.
3. Slowly whisk in the sugar, then the vanilla and salt.
4. While continually whisking, very slowly pour in the half and half.
5. Transfer the mixture back into the saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring continuously, until the mixture thickens (it should coat the back of a wooden spoon).
6. Strain the mixture into a bowl and stir in the grated chocolate.
7. Refrigerate the mixture for at least 2 hours.
8. Using a stand mixer or electric beaters, beat the egg whites until soft peaks form.
9. Fold into the chilled mixture and freeze in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s directions.
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