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Idea about trunk fruiting trees (cauliflory trees)

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Hi I'm new hear
What do you think about the following?

Idee about productive improve and helth improve of cacaotrees. Cacao is a intresting shrub becouse unlike most other fruit trees the fruits develop directly on the trunk and the mainbrunches. Wath makes it relatively easy  to harvest. But still, without pruning cacao grows to 15m high so you would have to climbe the tree to harvest the cacao husk. Now a quote on harwesting cacao mad me wonder." Cacao pots ned to be cut carefully so you do not damage the Remaining flowers buds otherwise no new fruits will develop on this spot."
Now my question  can i cut out the cacaopot including a piece of bark with the flower buts. Just to make sure i don't have to climbe again. With time the tree reaches full size. And fruits sould only  form at the base of the trunk. Because this is the only spot wher i carefully cut the pods. This would make harwesting really easily. A other advantage us you hafe a big distance between  leaves and fruits so the fruits  are whel air so fruits sould be less vulnerable to black pod deesese. A other aproche to get the same effect would be to graft a sterile cacao tree in the high of 2m so it is not possible for the tree to form fruits abouth 2m.
It's would completely eliminate the needs for pruning and climbing the tree.I don't know wher to finde a sterile cacaotree but i think ther sould be some somewhere. To test my system im principle i would use Carob Tree (Ceratonia siliqua) instad of a sterile kinde i would just graft a male plant on top  of a female so fruits onli form in the bottom part.
This could work for any plant which flowers from the trunk.
Mabe you know other  cauliflory trees witch aleso dioecious. To test this.

Best regards from switzerland

PS: I apologize for my spelling but dyslexia makes writing in a foreign language not just easier.
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Hello Patrick,
Welcome to Permies! I think your idea for grafting a male specimen atop a female, therefore having the fruit only on the lower portion of the tree, is an interesting idea. I have never tried this or seen it done before, but give it a try. One thing about permacultural methods is that you just have to experiment  and see what works where. Please keep us posted on your project. You may be onto the next best thing here. Good luck!

(No apologies necessary for your post. You did very well explaining your idea. There are many people here who speak different languages. And you are, in no way, the only Permie here with dyslexia. We all have a common interest and goal. That's the same universal "language" everywhere 😉.)
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