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Theobroma cacao, Chocolate Tree, Cacao, Cocoa Tree

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Theobroma cacao
Family: Malvaceae
Chocolate Tree, Cacao, Cocoa Tree
Origin: Tropical America
Large shrub 5-10 ftSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterPink flowersWhite/off-white flowersYellow/orange flowersEthnomedical plant.
Plants marked as ethnomedical and/or described as medicinal, are not offered as medicine but rather as ornamentals or plant collectibles.
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Varieties: Red , Yellow. Season: October-January. This beautiful tree has large dark green leaves that shade the fruit pods which grow directly from the trunk and branches. The flesh is eaten as a dessert, and the seeds are the raw material of chocolate. Hot chocolate can be made by drying the seeds, roasting, grinding, and adding milk. Chocolate beans were used as money by the Maya Indians of Central America. The red pods are larger and have more abundant flesh. Cocoa is prepared by grinding the beans into a paste between hot rollers and mixing it with sugar and starch, part of the fat being removed. Chocolate is prepared in much the same way, but the fat is retained. Oil of Theobroma or butter is a yellowish white solid, with an odor resembling that of cocoa, taste bland and agreeable; generally extracted by expression. It is used as an ingredient in cosmetic ointments and in pharmacy for coating pills and preparing suppositories. It has excellent emollient properties and is used to soften and protect chapped hands and lips. Theobromine, the alkaloid contained in the beans, resembles caffeine in its action, but its effect on the central nervous system is less powerful. Its action on muscle, the kidneys and the heart is more pronounced. It is used principally for its effect due to stimulation of the renal epithelium; it is especially useful when there is an accumulation of fluid in the body resulting from cardiac failure, when it is often given with digitalis to relieve dilatation. It is also employed in high blood pressure as it dilates the blood-vessels. It is best administered in powders or cachets. See Article about Drink of the Gods.


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Albert Ring
Cocoa, FL
USDA Zone:9
22 Apr 2018
Hello,

I received four of your Theobroma cocoa trees. Two red Theobroma and two yellow Theobroma. They are amazing trees and have been growing great in my greenhouse for the past year. Does anyone know if either of these types of trees can be politanted using the pollen from the same tree or do they require cross pollination? Thanks for everything.
Seymour Moss
Karnei Shomron
10 Oct 2017
Do you ship to Israel?
Ed
Orlando FL USA
29 Sep 2012
I put in an order for over 300 dollars worth of plants and was told that morning when we called they would be open i drove 4hours to find my order wasnt ready and they decided to leave early. I had to drive back 4 more hours to orlando for nothing called several times with no reply that day. a week later they called asking if ide like to drive back down to pick up my order! told them after seeing in person how bad the plants in his stock looked and all the inconvenience and inconcideration. he knew where he could stick his plants.
i will never order plants from this place (EVER AGAIN) word of advice if i was you i would spend my money elswhere and save myself the hassles of the pests and diseases that are sure to acompany your purchase from TOP Tropicals.
Ed
Orlando FL USA
29 Sep 2012
I put in an order for over 300 dollars worth of plants and was told that morning when we called they would be open i drove 4hours to find my order wasnt ready and they decided to leave early. I had to drive back 4 more hours to orlando for nothing called several times with no reply that day. a week later they called asking if ide like to drive back down to pick up my order! told them after seeing in person how bad the plants in his stock looked and all the inconvenience and inconcideration. he knew where he could stick his plants.
i will never order plants from this place (EVER AGAIN) word of advice if i was you i would spend my money elswhere and save myself the hassles of the pests and diseases that are sure to acompany your purchase from TOP Tropicals.
Ed
29 Sep 2012
I put in an order for over 300 dollars worth of plants and was told that morning when we called they would be open i drove 4hours to find my order wasnt ready and they decided to leave early. I had to drive back 4 more hours to orlando for nothing called several times with no reply that day. a week later they called asking if ide like to drive back down to pick up my order! told them after seeing in person how bad the plants in his stock looked and all the inconvenience and inconcideration. he knew where he could stick his plants.
i will never order plants from this place (EVER AGAIN) word of advice if i was you i would spend my money elswhere and save myself the hassles of the pests and diseases that are sure to acompany your purchase from TOP Tropicals.
Mrs Amanda Harrison
Godalming, Surrey Uk
31 Aug 2012
Hello, Please can you help us? My Husband Hugh, is a very keen gardener and would love to get hold of the Theobroma cacoa seeds. But we cant seem to get them anywhere in England.Do you know of how we can get hold of a seeds? Thank-you Regards Mrs Amanda Harrison
Ryan Bowlin
savannah, ga, usa
USDA Zone:10b
28 Apr 2012
I just received my red cacao tree from top tropicals. It is an absolutely stunning tree. Top tropicals delivers excellent quality trees. Im very happy with my purchase.
Ed Mckinney
Anniston,Alabama
USDA Zone:7
26 Apr 2011
Recieved my Cocoa Plant in april 2011.The plant was healthy and just as descibed by the sellar.
After a few days I am experiencing some moderate
leaf yellowing as expected,but have some new growth from the plants top.I am keeping the plant in indirect sunlight to avoid shock for a few more days.Had a pleasant buying experience from this company.
Timothy
Gainesville
3 Oct 2010
I want one of those but I live in Florida.
nubar voskanyan
United States
USDA Zone:hot
15 Nov 2009
Hi,
I'm located in Los Angeles, California, USA, and i'm very interested in growing a cacao tree indoor.... Obviously I would be keeping it in a pot, but my question is: How big will the tree grow indoors while keeping it in a pot? Will it grow too big that I will be unable to keep it indoors, which it will force me to plant it outside in my yard?
Thanks
spiros
nicosia,cyprus
22 May 2009
hello.i would like to find cocoa seeds for planting because the import of a cocoa plant is to dificult to cyprus!if someone can help please it would be great!!thnx
michael angel
Australia
USDA Zone:10
10 Apr 2009
Looking for seeds of Cocoa.
Can you help please.
Plants are to difficult to import
to Australia
Than you
Can you send me your seed catalogue?
Michael
Brian Burchfield
Fargo,N,D USA
USDA Zone:4
16 Dec 2007
Ihave my cacao tree for 4-5 years now, asit is my favorite tree. I purchased it on a trip to Florida. It thrives outside in the summers and last summer it was covered in blossoms. I used a small camel hair brush to help pollinate but nothing ever came of it I will try again next summer. In winter a humidifier warm air sits nearby. I like the dry-cleaner bag idea. Grow lights help a lot, two florescent lamp set up a good foot or so away. I use organic fertilizer worm castings, kelp ,fish emulsion. Chemicals are a bit harsh on it's small root system.
David Tabor
Lexington,SC USA
USDA Zone:7
20 May 2006
I bought the 3 gallon Theobroma here 2 years ago and have really enjoyed growing it. During the summer I put it outdoors on my back porch which is shaded, and during the winter I keep it in my living room beside a south facing window. I keep it in a 20 gallon container and water 1 to 2 times a week. After one year it began to bloom so I assume it likes the conditions I am providing. Thanks to TopTropicals for providing healthy larger plants, as I have also tried growing small trees but seem to lose them after a few months.
rob shaver
seattle
USDA Zone:7a
25 Feb 2005
I have grown a variety of Theobroma Cacao plants for the past 7-8 years and Top Tropicals, without a doubt, has some of the hardiest genotypes available in North America.
For those living in cooler climates without a greenhouse, you must bring your plants inside after temps drop below 50F. Wintering over can be successful by bringing inside to an area that gets at least 50% light and has a temp no lower than 55F. Using a simole drycleaner's bag over the plant to retain moisture is a very helpful way to insure shock reduction to the plant. Loosely gather the bottom of the bag and tie off with a twist tie, remisting and opening up for ventilation daily. This method has worked very well for me in the past and insures the needed humidity that Theobroma Cacao requires.
If using any soil other than Top Tropicals, I would reccomend at least 1/3rd sterile sand 1/3 perolite and 1/3 good potting soil. This plant cannot tollerate being planted outdoors in the USA aside from Hawaii and Florida; even in those areas it has to be delicately cared for. It will produce flowers and possibly fruitpods after 3 or 4 years. Can be grown well in containers with a little attention and care.


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