Growing Jojoba Plants

Learn about growing jojoba plants. This unique shrub's oil can be used in place of whale oil and is being considered as a viable substitute for petroleum.

| November/December 1977

  • Tips on growing jojoba plants and the benefits of this wonder plant.
    Tips on growing jojoba plants and the benefits of this wonder plant.
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  • Tips on growing jojoba plants and the benefits of this wonder plant.

Tips on growing jojoba plants, including how to profit from growing jojoba and how growing jojoba benefits our planet.

Growing Jojoba Plants

"Jojoba, jojoba, jojoba . . . that's all you talk about," says my wife. And she's right too! I can't help it. Because I know what the jojoba plant means to the sperm whale, the whole balance of nature, and all the peoples of the world!

I didn't always know, of course. It was only in 1973 that I stumbled onto an Arizona Republic article by Maggie Wilson that explained how the endangered sperm whale could be saved by the oil from this desert shrub. And, although I was immediately interested in lending a hand to the whales . . . I have to be honest and confess that what really caught my eye in the piece was the part that said $50 would be paid for each and every two-inch-long jojoba seed that was brought in.

Wow! My home here in Mesa, Arizona just happens to be smack in the middle of the plant's biggest native area. And — since I'm a nature lover, prospector, and at least a for tune seeker — I wasted no time in rushing right out to fill my pockets with those two inch-long seeds.

Well, I didn't find any (although I did find some one-inchers weighing two grams . . . which is far above average). But while I was looking I learned that the jojoba is a very, very unique plant. Not only can it save the sperm whale . . . but it can bring new life to and lands, provide millions of jobs exactly where people need them the most in all parts of the world, and maybe even help get the modern world off its petroleum addiction and onto a saner, renewable-resource way of life.

And it can do all of this while turning barren desert land into what can only be called liquid solar energy farms. Wow! Before I knew what was happening, I had forgotten all about a few piddling little $50 seeds. I wanted to become part of the inevitable Jojoba Revolution! I began to write letters, talk to people, and take everyone I could haul out into the desert to see jojoba plants in their natural habitat.

8/23/2018 2:14:34 PM

What ever happened Tom?

10/2/2017 4:26:13 PM

1977.........So I wonder if Tom S. Janca is still.........Hope so.

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