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 Washington, District of Columbia.

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 Washington, District of Columbia

Washington, District of Columbia

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Growing Cacao Tree in Washington right now

Light needs for plant Cacao Tree in Washington, District of Columbia

Plant growth potential is currently low 📉

November 28th, 2021

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

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

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Light needs for plant Cacao Tree in Washington, District of Columbia

Sunlight intensity will decrease by 29.4% ☀️

November 28th, 2021

Washington is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Washington is expected to decrease by 29.4% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 7.5 megajoules of energy per m…

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Light needs for plant Cacao Tree in Washington, District of Columbia

Daylight will decrease by 1.2 hours 📉

November 27th, 2021

This month, Washington is getting an average of 9.0 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 11% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 9.3 total hours of day…

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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 keep it happy during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Washington, District of Columbia ⛅.

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 Washington, District of Columbia

Is this a good time of year to repot? No ⏳

November 26th, 2021

The growing potential in Washington is very low 📉.

Repotting in late fall or winter when the day lengths are shorter can be very stressful for a plant and cause it to go into shock.

It's best …

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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 Washington, District of Columbia, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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