Plant Care Cacao Tree

Cacao Tree

About Cacao Tree

Cacao Tree is a super 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 located in San Diego, California.

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?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

Plant care guide for Cacao Tree in San Diego, California

San Diego, California

56% Medium

Growing Cacao Tree in San Diego right now

Light needs for plant Cacao Tree in San Diego, California

Plant growth potential is currently low 📉

December 9th, 2021

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in San Diego is currently low 📉.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in determi…

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Light needs for plant Cacao Tree in San Diego, California

Sunlight intensity will decrease by 17.4% ☀️

December 9th, 2021

San Diego is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in San Diego is expected to decrease by 17.4% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 10.3 megajoules of energy per m2…

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Light needs for plant Cacao Tree in San Diego, California

Daylight will decrease by 0.7 hours 📉

December 8th, 2021

This month, San Diego is getting an average of 10.3 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 6.2% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 9.8 total hours of da…

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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..️

San Diego, California currently has medium levels of sunlight intensity, you can help this plant grow by treating it to ample light ☀️.

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.

When to repot Cacao Tree

Nutrient needs for plant Cacao Tree in San Diego, California

Is this a good time of year to repot? Yes! 🪴

December 6th, 2021

The growing potential in San Diego is medium 👌.

It's best to repot plants during their active growing periods when they have the energy to re-establish their roots! This is a great time to repot a…

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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!


Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Toxicity
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

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 your location in San Diego, California, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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