The Company recognises that by virtue of its long history of growing cocoa that there are a number of old trees still flourishing in St Vincent. These originated from Trinidad back in the 1960's/70's and their gene profiles are excellent.
We are very keen to retain this valuable source of genetic material not least because these surviving trees have proven themselves to be suitable to St Vincent's microclimate.
The Company has established its own Clonal Garden at Perseverance with cuttings taken from over 300 of the best of these mother trees. We have augmented these with a range of the most suitable ICS varieties from the International Cocoa Research Station at Reading University.
This Clonal Garden will not not only preserve the priceless cocoa heritage but will also enable us to identify the best and most suitable trees to plant in St Vincent. The most suitable trees are ones which produce maximum yield but do not sacrifice flavour.
Cuttings will be taken and grafted to seeded plantlets.
Andrew inspecting the Clonal Garden at Perseverance