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.

Taxonomy

Theobroma cacao
Theobroma
Malvaceae
Malvales

Also known as

Cocoa Tree

How to care for Cacao Tree

💦 Water

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
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
☀️ Light

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.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Cacao Tree in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

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.

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💡 FAQs
⭐ 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!

Benefits of Growing Cacao Tree →

Common Cacao Tree Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Cacao Tree prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Cacao Tree Water Frequency →

Cacao Tree Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Cacao Tree may have difficulty thriving and will drop leaves 🍃 without ample sunlight. Place it less than 3 feet from a window to maximize the potential for growth. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Cacao Tree Light Requirements →

Cacao Tree Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.

Cacao Tree Toxicity to Cats →

Cacao Tree Toxicity to Dogs →

Cacao Tree Toxicity to Humans →


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Cacao Tree will branch off as it grows. To encourage branching, pinch off the newest growth at the tip and the stem will branch off into two.

How and When to Prune Cacao Tree →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Cacao Tree can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 11a-12b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Cacao Tree Temperature Tolerance →


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Cacao Tree

Cacao Tree

Cacao Tree


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 3ft from a window

Nutrients

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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