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Farmers from Bukidon are shifhting to CACAO

At Rosaroso Farm, located in Sirib, Calinan, Davao City, a test site of FullOn by GrowSwitch . Sugarcane, Corn, Vegetables and Abaca (a.k.a. “Manila Hemp”) farmers are shifting to Cacao and Integrated Farming. This farm has already touched the lives of those who visited it and gave an inspiration for farmers who are interested in growing Cacao. I encourage you to give this farm a visit in order to see it personally, and I can assure you that you’ll learn more than what you expect.An example of a well cared W10 pod. You’ll need at least 3-5 pods to get 1 kilogram of wet beans with this variety. After counting the pods of some trees, the visitors were surprised that they counted up to 200+- pods on a single tree.
They’re the grafters here, as you can see they are very good in their work. The recovery rate of the grafted seedlings increased even more when they added FullOn by GrowSwitch to their regimen. It’s almost perfect, seedling mortality is very rare. Beside the fact that the grafters are very experienced, the thickness of the plant’s cell wall is one big factor why water dissipation occurs less likely. If the plant cell can hold water very well, then it’s likely for them to get dehydrated, meaning the greater the chances for the two tissues to bind together. That’s why they’re great in grafting too.Photos were taken on October 1, 2019.

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Rosaroso Farm, Sirib, Calinan, Davao City, Philippines

Cacao Farm in the Philippines. A test site of FullOn by GrowSwitch.
This farm was established 25 years ago by Robert Rosaroso and it is  until now very productive. Due to their age, some of the trees became less productive. With the method of side grafting and replanting the rehabilitation started 2-3 years ago.
After 2-3 years, the new transplanted trees are already expressing full potential in production.
Is it possible for Cacao trees to bear fruit all year long? The answer is “yes”. How did he do it? By using the correct practice in farm management and the right application of inputs.

Now, he is sharing one of his secret to the neighboring farmers. After revealing his methods the other farmers now know, why it’s like peak season all year long on this farm.

This is a 250 ml bottle of FullOn by GrowSwitch, unfortunately it’s not yet for sale, because the product’s registration is still on a processing stage.

But please bear with us, as we are doing everything we can, to the best of our abilities for this product to be legally available in our market as soon as possible.

This is “The Boss” and I made him show us how to harvest some pods using a small very sharp scythe. According to him, the average amount of pods per tree per year that he can harvest is 50.  This farm has 3 hectares with around 4500 trees.  That means, he can harvest at least 225, 000 pods per year. The price of wet beans is around 35-40 Pesos per kilogram. In average, 10 pods are needed to get 1 kilogram of wet beans.

In this case:

225,000 pods per year = 22,500 kg of wet beans

22,500 kg x 35-40 Pesos = 787,500-900,000 Pesos


All this images were taken on the period of Feb-September 2019. And this test is still ongoing.

We’ll give the final data on Feb 2020, for us to all know if FullOn by GrowSwitch can really increase his production and the quality of his produce. If you want to know if he likes the product, you can call or text him on his mobile no. 0949 658 5783.

But we can give our initial assessment now. And this goes something like this, he told us, that he noticed that the average pods per tree is increased into 80-100 pods and some of the farm visitors are trying to count the number of pods in some tree, and they told us it’s more than a hundred, some can reached 150-180 pods.

I know you won’t believe, and I can’t blame you for that. Because of too many scammers, that are selling snake oils, and claiming more than what they can give, no one knows who to trust nowadays. So to be sure “CALL OR TEXT HIM IS THE KEY” . Cheers!!!

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34 month old Cacao trees, Davao City, Philippines

This is our micro Cacao R and D garden. Houses 5 cacao trees, 3 kinds of variety (W10, PG610, PBC123) in just +-15 sqm area. Spacing of the trees are at 2-2.5 meters.

Note: Ideal space/distance between trees is at least 3 meters.

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This garden is 100 % cide free (no pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, etc), although  sometimes I use small amount of synthetic foliar NPK, but at a very minimum rate at less than 50% of the suggested feeding rate. I apply ones per month or sometimes 2-3 months interval, so since I only apply very little amount of synthetic input, it maybe safe to say  it’s more likely organic (at least 90%-95% organic).

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If you noticed that leaves are just left underneath the trees, which in the basic good practice of cacao growing is not ideal, because they say “it can cause pest and diseases”, yet I don’t have any serious problem about it (by far) at all.

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The common term of this practice is  “Permaculture”, but the right term is called biome (microbiome).

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Since this is 100% cide free garden, the insect kingdom here is so dense, meaning it’s very biodiverse. Microbes and fungi help breaking down organic matters more easily. Composting process is much faster than the normal rate. And plants are so healthy, happy and vigorous, one of the reason why pest and diseases are not a big deal here.

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Forest frogs thrives here so well that they’ve even created this area their home. They reproduced so fast that they’ve even attracted so many predators, like stray cats and snakes. Yes, snakes.. Finally saw snakes living or just hunting here. But can’t blame the snakes, it’s a lovely place to be for them. 🙂

Birds also visits the area everyday, every morning they come here like it’s their one stop shop for worms, insects and some more foods that they can eat. I should say that growing organic and not putting salt based NPK directly to the soil, or not using any kind of cide helps nature do its thing efficiently and effectively.   This is a perfect example of nature at its best. Growing your foods (as much as possible) naturally. Making your soil so healthy, once it is, all that lives there will also be so happy and healthy leading to good quality produce.

Remember, “Nature doesn’t need people, but we, the people, need nature” .

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‎Cacao‬ ‪Flowering Like Crazy

‪‎One Cunning Cacao Specialist Friend‬  Peter Paul Cruz  added approximately (more or less than) 8ml ‪#‎FullOn‬ by Grow Switch on his ‪#‎RegularRegimen‬ and then Boom! ‪#‎ThemPlantsGoneCrazy‬InAGoodWay

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Approximately 50-60 pods will mature in this single tree with so many flowers. Yet we’re hoping for more pods, finger’s crossed .
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This one is just starting to bloom

Most of them trees are just starting to bloom/blast and the other dominant one is already in FullOn blast!

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Big credits to Peter Paul Cruz for this one hell of job. #TeamFullOn

This guy is at FullOn blast mode.

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10 Month Old Cocoa Since Planted

This guys were fed with Full On by Grow Switch since they were transplanted on the ground. And seems like they’re growing much faster than the other one that is being planted 5 months earlier than them. They are 100% Cide_Free, meaning no pesti/insecti/fungi/herbi or any kind of cide…

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10 month old Cocoa (CB)
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(CB) @ 3rd month. I hope you noticed it.. 🙂

 

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Cocoa on the left hand side is at 15 month old and on the right hand side (CB) is at 10 month old

By the way , before we proceed, want you to take a look at this comparison between 15 and 10 month old cocoa.. As for me, seems like the 10 month old is growing more faster. The reason is that the older plant was 5 months without Full On, and it started to have the juice at its early 5th month. Anyway, check out some of the 10 months old cocoa I am also referring to …

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10th month and counting (CD)

Beneath this photo was when it’s at its 3rd month.. (Just look into the back of that Picus.. 🙂 )

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@ their 10th month since planted on the ground (CC) (11/13/2015)
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11/15/2015 (CC) 2 days after the above photo. What you’ve noticed is the growth rate within 2 days
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They’re 100% Cide FREE (CB)

Now let’s move back some months ago…

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12/8/2014  The night when this seedlings arrived. *Seedlings Credit: Peter Paul Cruz
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(12/19/2014) Day 1 with Full On by Grow Switch
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This were them (1/7/2015) 19-20 days since Full On/after using “The Juice”
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The flowers, as usual bloomed but can’t yet bear fruits… (CA)
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CA, is more like always dormant, but when it wakes up. It really and always going/gone crazy. It’s either it flashes more shoots, or popping more flowers. This guys don’t seem to cease producing flowers even if they’re still at an early stage. They will only stop flowering for a week or so, and then goes back popping again.

How can I get more growth and more yield, with less fertilizers?

One of the many ways that FULL ON works is by improving the cationic exchange capacity that dramatically increases yields while decreasing the need for fertilizers. FULL ON is stimulating the electro-magnetic action (cation exchange capacity) of the plants roots, which helps them to more efficiently use vital nutrients and moisture necessary for optimum growth. Consumers report increased growth, BRIX levels and yields, while reducing the quantity and expense of fertilizers and insecticides. Small gardeners and large-scale farmers are excitedly reporting increased growth and astounding yield increases, doubled, tripled and quadrupled profits?

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(CA) @ 7th month 8/9/2015
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CC is obviously doing great, and so as the veggies beneath it…

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Already harvested some of the veggies beneath (CC) (Salad Mix)

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That’s it guys! The next update of them is when they started to bear fruits.  And I am excited and can’t wait the moment it will happen. (Will leave them cocoa plants/crops for awhile so they can have all the time they need for the next stage).

So, I am a first time cocoa grower (newbie), it’s my 1st year in this industry. And obviously my plants are looking great, and it’s more like it’s just easy to grow them and get results like what I’ve had got, but the truth is that, it’s more because of Full On by Grow Switch. I know most of you guys won’t believe me, but it’s cool. I won’t force you to believe me either. It’s just the plants, they will speak for themselves. And will let them tell everyone how “The Juice” makes them happy by showing it to you guys, cause “Plants Don’t Lie”, don’t they?! CHEERS!

 

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This ‪Cacao Seedlings‬ were planted on the field without any fertilizers and ‪‎FullOn‬ for almost 7 months.

Good day guys!  Sharing my experimental ‪‎Cacao_Seedlings‬ at the field with zero pesticides/insecticides/fungicides or any kind of cide, meaning 100% cide_free. They’re planted on the open field last February 2015. And since then no fertilizers and no ‪FullOn‬. But they were FullOn cared while they’re still at the nursery for 4-6 months. To make the story short, just want t know that by just using the juice at their vulnerable stage (seedling), would it be possible that this plants do have some extra vigor compared to plants that were not introduced to FullOn.

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This are pesticide/insecticide/fungicide and any kind of  cide free seedlings. If you noticed, they’re obviously bombarded with pest/insect attacks, but they still grow well and just fine enough, producing more shoots and leaves . Now, imagine combining FullOn with your regular regimen? You’ll for sure will minimize the use of any kind of Cide and lessens the need of synthetic fertilizers. Enjoy!

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Cocoa_Propagation Experiment 101

This is a Cide_Free Experiment. I asked the source of the seeds to make sure and to verify that they weren’t soaked on Fungicide, which is required in this stage of this specific plant.

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This is how it looks when you removed the outer coat of the seed (brain like).
This is how it looks when you removed the outer coat of the seed (brain like).
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The proper way in Cocoa seed sowing

Thanks to ‪‎FullOn‬ by Grow Switch, they’ve still risen even without fungicides, which was required to this stage of growth.  A simple analysis and instinct, though you need to put some extra effort, but it’s all good than using cide.

Some are already up
Some are already up
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This brain like seed cotyledon are now rising. 8 days after sowing (7/30/2015). Thanks to ‪‎FullOn‬ by Grow Switch, using fungicide, (which was required in this stage for this specific plant) is not an option no more!

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Brain like seeds

Added some wood shavings on the top, cause it's always raining, don't want to compress the media.

Looks like a brain
Looks like a brain
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It is starting to open

Added some wood shavings on the top, cause it’s always raining, don’t want to compress the media.

12 days since sown... 100% ‪#‎Cides_Free‬!
12 days since sown… 100% ‪‎Cide_Free‬!

They’ve already spread their brain-like cotyledon. 12 days since sown.

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Common sense is a must! So that you won’t have to depend on cide.

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Does ‪‎Fungus‬ really affect the growth of cocoa seeds/seedlings? Hmmmmm This guys are 12 days from sowing. (Instead of soaking/treating it with ‪cide, I soak/treat it with ‪FullOn‬ by Grow Switch.

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It’s really good to have this seeds from Sir Grover Rosit. This will simply display/show that ‪‎FullOn‬ is ain’t no snake oil. And we’re no sales man who talks bullshit with people/farmers.

8/5/2015 "Fungus amongst us." 14 days after sowing... Thanks to ‪#‎FullOn‬ by Grow Switch, they didn't seem threatened by those fungus. They don't F***** care! 100% ‪#‎Cides_FREE‬ seedlings... Enjoy!

Seedlings‬  are just staring at those fungus beneath them, as if they’re just nothing.

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Some are late bloomers, but we’ll just wait what happen
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Still boosting…
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Note: Dilution rate is at 1ml/liter (FullOn/water)
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Leaves are turning green

24 days and counting!

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Growing media is composed of 50% fine sand, 20% soil/homemade compost, 20% pebbles and 10% wood shavings. (Note: This is only an experimental grow, I am trying to prove/show that FullOn‬, will do its job at its best on a sandy farm/environment) I am not an expert in Cocoa_Propagation‬, but they seem growing just fine, even with obvious marks of disease and insect/pest attacks. Now, imagine if you add FullOn with your regular regimen mixes, the results will sure be amazing. Enjoy!

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Starting to form broad leaf
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It’s starting to get crowded
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“Certain shade of green”

 

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The leaves are getting dense
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Broad new leaf, untouched by any pest insect nor fungus that cause diseases …
Hopefully will stay or get even more broader …
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Shoots are almost everywhere , even underneath of them broad leaves. Also noticed some hitch hikers.
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FullOn is really extra ordinary!!! Giving seedlings a boost and vigor to help them produce more shoots and flashes.
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Now, of all of them Cocoa_Seedlings, this are the late bloomers (2 amongst them all). I won’t loose hope in them, as you can see, they’re already forming a twin trunk pattern.
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The shoots are very near to each other (a very close nodes). That’s 1 of the reason why they still surthrive even without pesticides/insecticides/fungicides or any kind of cide. Because of their growth rate and vigor. “Leaves are one part of the plant that are responsible in processing sugars (through photosynthesis), that the plant need in their growing cycle, so meaning the more leaves, the more sugar”. I hope you guys get my point. Anyway, just enjoy the show then.
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This are them. Though I am not satisfy with the result due to many setbacks, but they’re still growing just fine. Not bad for first time though.

Cocoa_Experiment_Day88 Since Sown_Cide FREE‬ Thanks to FullOn‬ by Grow Switch Cocoa_Propagation‬ is possible without the needs/use of fungicide/pesticide/insecticide. They’re almost 3 months, just right on time and most of them are ready for grafting. And obviously are strong and vigorous!

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Meet the #Alpha
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Let it grow…
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They supposed to go, but I am just curios of some possibilities
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Finally, they’re ready for the next stage…

Note: Base on my personal experience, 1 gallon (4ml of fullon) ready to use mix can cover an area of more or less 100sqm, depending on the size and age of the seedlings. (The cost of a Gallon ready to use mix FullOn is only less than p20)

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Note: This guys only drunk less than 40 ml of #FullOn since Day 1/sown , which cost +-p240.00 only, cost for NPK is p60.00 only for a 200g (10-20g/week) foliar Hi-Nitrate and most especially, cost for Fungicide/Pesticide/Insecticide, is p0 only (zero). There for the total cost of inputs is around +-p300.00 Enjoy!
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 LESS IN, MORE OUT New Organic‬ technology from Grow Switch gives growers the ability to significantly increase yields using less fertilizers and additives. And ‪#‎FullOn‬ greatly reduces the need for NPK’s in all growing environments. This means, that you will be using less resources and getting more bang for your buck for the next growing cycle whether you’re a commercial farmer or indoor garden hobbyist.

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Just broke some of the major/common rules in ‪‎Cocoa_Propagation‬. *1. Is that I didn’t use no Fungicide/Pesticide/Insecticide. *2. Is that I use 50% fine sand, 20% pebbles/gravel, 10% wood shavings (Mahogany) and I only used 20% soil/compost (Note: The 20% soil/compost is made out of 10% clayish soil or locally known as “panas” and 10% compost made out of coco coir x homemade compost using FullOn‬ by Grow Switch as a activators for compost activator) So what do you think of the result?

***Friendly reminder; “Know the rules before you break it”

There! I hope you learn something on this post, and also hope you enjoy!

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Credits to: Vincent for the design…
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