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Cocoa shell mulch

Posted by fireduck 10a (My Page) on
Sun, May 18, 14 at 17:54

Has anybody used cocoa shells as a mulch? It seems like it would be good. I thought I had read that someone said it grows mold. Not sure if that is right...


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RE: Cocoa shell mulch

I am currently using it in a small test spot. The bag says it will get moldy if it stays wet for long periods of time. I have not had an issue so far, I do live in a fairly dry area though. I am trying it because it is supposed to be less susceptible to being blown aound by the wind, that seems to be true for the most part.


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thanks T..if the bag says it...it must be true. I could see where this would not be a good ingredient for a potting mix. Maybe OK for a mulch...huh?


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I tried it in a potting mix and I had very poor results.


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I tried it in a potting mix and I had very poor results.


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I tried it in 1998. It smelled great and looked nice at first, but did get the white fungus on it, even though we hadn't had what's considered a lot of rain here in Connecticut. It also got crusty looking, needing to be broken up and never looking as attractive as it did when I first put it down.


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Decided to definitely pass on using it for potting mix ingredient. The mold issue sounds like a major problem. Better suited for top mulch...if that. Lots of hype online....mostly from companies selling it.


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Seriously?! "It gets fungus on it!" I can't stop laughing.


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I hope you do not have dogs - cocoa in any from is poisonous for them


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"I hope you do not have dogs - cocoa in any from is poisonous for them"

Yes, no, maybe.

Theobromine is hazardous to dogs (it's also hazardous to us, cats etc) LD50 for humans is 1000mg/kg. Dogs 300mg/kg. Cats 200mg/kg. Cats are much less likely to eat it because they're actually carnivores, where dogs are omnivores.

Cocoa shells have a very high concentration of theobromine, higher than most chocolates. Except when they doesn't - because most of the stuff being sold for landscaping is being stripped chemically (or via heat, etc) to remove the theobromine, because people own dogs.

From Home Depot, via snopes.com:

"The Home Depot does not and will not sell mulch harmful to pets. The mulch sold by The Home Depot containing cocoa shells goes through several cleaning processes, including a high heat system in order to strip the cocoa fat from the shells without the use of any chemicals."


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physically...this stuff looks like a great product for a container ingredient or mulch. Chemically...it sure seems like there are a lot of question marks.


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Any dog owners to check Home Depot pet safety claim?)
Not me...


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