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Chocolate Cocoa 'Cacao' Plant

Chocolate Cocoa 'Cacao' Plant

Chocolate Cocoa 'Cacao' Plant

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Chocolate Cocoa 'Cacao' Plant

Grow chocolate right in your yard with the Chocolate Cocoa "Cacao" Plant. You can harvest your very own chocolate right on your property with this amazing plant. It produces chocolate all year for you to enjoy in a variety of recipes and for various uses. This magical plant will make you feel like you have a tropical rainforest right at home.

The chocolate plant has flowers that bloom all year and turn into large cocoa pods. These pods grow in clusters near the trunk of the plant, and their beauty is second only to the cocoa that is hidden inside their delicate shells. What other plant can claim this wondrous transformation? If that weren't enough, the plants provide another natural wonder for their growers to enjoy. The bright green leaves of this plant pivot vertically or horizontally toward the sun, to a full 90 degrees.

Chocolate is a delicious treat that also has many health benefits. This is especially true for pure, unadulterated chocolate, like that which would grow on your chocolate plant. Chocolate is said to aid in lowering blood pressure, which is essential for a healthy heart. Cocoa powder also helps ward off heart disease. Additionally, you can use the cocoa from your chocolate plant to make cocoa butter, which is good for the skin. Of course, there's more to chocolate than health and skin benefits. You can use it in a myriad of snacks, recipes and treats.

The Chocolate Cocoa Plant is ideal for zones 5 through 11 when grown as a patio plant and zones 10 through 11 when planted in the ground. It grows to an impressive 15 to 30 feet high when planted outdoors. This towering wonder will transform your yard into a tropical oasis. This plant grows best in partial shade. It needs a pollinator in order to produce the cocoa beans, so be sure to purchase at least two.

Harvest your own cocoa beans in your yard with the Chocolate Cocoa Plant. Enjoy truly homemade hot cocoa by the fire, or make your own dessert like German chocolate cake. Since this plant produces beans all year, you'll be able to enjoy cocoa in any season. No more buying expensive chocolate at the store. Now you'll have it at your fingertips. Who says you can't have your own veritable wonderland?

Your Growing Compatibility

Growing Zones


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Perfect for container growing in your area.

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Growing Zone 10,11 Botanical Name Theobroma Cacao
Mature Height 30 ft Sun Tolerance Partial Sun, Partial Shade
Wet Soil Tolerance Excellent Shade Tolerance Excellent
Drought Tolerance Very Poor Heat Tolerance Good
Hummididty Tolerance Exellent Pest Resistance Very Good
Disease Resistance Very Good Deer Resistant Poor
Soil Type Very Moist Self Fertile No


Growing Zone 10,11 Botanical Name Theobroma Cacao
Mature Height 30 ft Sun Tolerance Partial Sun, Partial Shade
Wet Soil Tolerance Excellent Shade Tolerance Excellent
Drought Tolerance Very Poor Heat Tolerance Good
Hummididty Tolerance Exellent Pest Resistance Very Good
Disease Resistance Very Good Deer Resistant Poor
Soil Type Very Moist Self Fertile No

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Planting & Care

Planting and caring for your new fruit tree is easy. To get started, find a good spot in your yard or a large container. The location should have good drainage and adequate sunlight. For a container, be sure there are drainage holes in the bottom and that it is large enough for the root ball to fit with some extra room.

In the yard, dig a hole that is a few inches shallower than the height of the root ball and three times as wide. The roots need room to spread outwards, but you don't want it to sit too deep in the hole. If your soil is especially dense and compacted, you may need to go out wider and loosen up the soil.

Before placing the root ball in the hole or container, pull the roots gently to space them out a little and cut off any damaged roots. Place the tree into the hole or container, ensuring that the point at which the roots meet the trunk is going to be an inch or two above the surrounding soil.

Carefully add the soil back into the hole or add your potting mix to the container. It helps to have one person hold the tree upright while you do this. It helps to keep the tree straight. As you fill in the soil, take steps to prevent air pockets from forming by removing large pieces of debris, breaking up large, dense clumps of soil, and water a little at a time. The soil should slope downward from the trunk to prevent water pooling around the roots, but the tops of the largest roots should protrude from the soil.

Water your new tree thoroughly to settle the soil. Water it again when the top two-inch layer of soil dries out. As your tree grows and the roots develop, you can water less often. Your tree will arrive pruned, so you only need to prune it once a year, in early spring, to keep its shape and to promote more fruit development, or to keep it small if you are growing in a container.

Fertilizer is not always necessary. If your tree grows well and looks healthy, it probably doesn't need any feeding. If you are not happy with how fast it is growing, of if you notice any signs of poor nutrition, you can apply an appropriate fertilizer once or twice a year. Our trees are hardy and you should not need to spray for pests or disease.


Most items ship the next business day unless otherwise noted

We take pride in accurate and on-time shipping dates. Of course there are factors that could delay these dates. These are estimates, and we cannot guarantee exact shipping dates. Shipping live products has its challenges and occasionally Mother Nature does not abide by our time frames. On rare occasions we have to delay shipping due to severe weather forecasts in your area or ours. Sometimes the seasons are delayed and plants take longer to reach specifications. Although these types of delays are rare, we try to keep you informed. The health of your plants is our highest concern.

Spring Shipping
Due to the nature of certain cold sensitive plants, it is best to ship them during months with milder temperatures. Spring shipped items are identified on their product page, as well as information on Northern States that ship in spring. Most trees and plants we carry can safely be planted year-round, but you may prefer planting in warmer weather. If you would like to receive a plant earlier than designated or delay its delivery date, we are happy to schedule what’s most convenient. Just call us at 1-888-286-1004.

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What Will I Receive

Will my Trees Look Like the Photographs?

Most trees and plants on the website are pictured in their mature form. Depending on the product and growth rate, mature development can take years for your plant to resemble the photos.

Picture the last time you took a walk in the woods. The young trees were not miniature bonsai versions of mature trees. Instead they were naturally thin and lanky. Young trees are programmed to race toward the light, before the competing vegetation crowds them out. Once established, they start developing a wide canopy and shedding lower limbs.

Expected Yearly Growth

Pruning & Trimming

Most Fruiting Plants Are Pruned Before Shipping... At No Cost To You!

Pruning makes plants appear to be less-full than the ones you may have seen at your local big box garden center. A retailer's goal is to have plants look their best while sitting in the store. Our goal is to have them look the best after you plant them.

Pruned trees and shrubs not only travel better, but become established much quicker. So rather than supporting extra foliage, they put their energy into sending out deep roots. Once that happens, your plants become hardier and quickly explode with new top growth. Above the ground, pruning helps your plants develop a more attractive form.