You need very fresh cocoa seeds if you want to grow your own chocolate in your Thai or Lao garden. At Discovery Garden outlets in Pattaya and Nong Khai we have fresh cocoa seeds for sale.
When I first tried to grow cocoa in Pattaya and Nong Khai I first dried my fresh seeds carefully in the sun and thus killed them for good. Once cocoa seeds are out of their protective seed pods, they have to be planted fresh as soon as possible, since they can only germinate within the first 14 days.
After germination the seedlings and plants have to be kept in a shaded location. Coco plants grown from seeds typically bear first fruits after 3 to 4 years.