Plant Care Cacao Tree

Cacao Tree

About Cacao Tree

Cacao Tree is a relatively rare houseplant 🌿 that is isn’t challenging to grow and needs regular watering to thrive. They do best in abundant sunlight ☀ and should be less than 3 feet from a window.

Cacao Tree belongs to the Theobroma genus, and is native to Central America and Northwestern South America.


Theobroma cacao

Also known as

Cocoa Tree

How to care for Cacao Tree


How often to water your Cacao Tree

Water needs for Cacao Tree
0.5 cups
every 9

Cacao Tree needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Cacao Tree

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Cacao Tree in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Cacao Tree: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Cacao Tree may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

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How to fertilize Cacao Tree

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Cacao Tree: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Cacao Tree after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Cacao Tree is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Cacao Tree

Cacao Tree

Cacao Tree

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 3ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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