Yellow Cacao (Theobroma cacao)
Yellow Cacao (Theobroma cacao)

Yellow Cacao (Theobroma cacao)

Regular price $49.95

Mature and Ready to Produce!

Yellow cacao is the plant world’s golden ticket: Its cultivation famously dates back at least 4,000 years ago, when the indigenous people in Mesoamerica harvested it for use in ceremonies, medicine, and cooking. Today, you would be hard-pressed to find someone who does not believe in the godly powers of Theobroma cacao, even though they may not recognize it as such. Cacao crops are cultivated on a global level to produce the world’s cocoa supply.

Yellow cacao is just one variety of Theobroma cacao that produces uniquely golden fruits. Cacao plants won’t be too fussed if your intentions for its fruit are sacred or sacrilegious, but it does have a few care preferences. Cacao will feel at home in an environment most like tropical rainforests. Long summers and pampered days of tropical-level humidity will get Theobroma cacao to produce fruit prolifically. Embrace the peculiarities of the cacao plant, and prepare to yield success as a powerful shaman, or artisan chocolatier.

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Sow Exotic ships nationwide year-round to the United States.  We use plant-based, plastic-free, reusable, recyclable, biodegradable, AND compostable packaging materials. All of our plants ship ready-to-grow in plantable pots (with the exception of citrus) and range in size.  See the size guide on each plant page to learn more about what to expect upon arrival.

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Shipping cost is calculated at checkout based on your order weight and your distance from the nursery. Shipping is combined for multiple orders with plants, so the more you grow, the more you save!  

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Live plant orders are processed at the beginning of each week and ship on Monday-Thursday via 1-3 Day USPS Priority Mail. Order processing time before shipment averages from 1-14 days. 

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Heat Packs & Weather Holds:

Heat Packs
Shipping tropical plants to a cold climate in the middle of winter? We sell Heat Packs! If it's under 32 degrees in your area, we definitely recommend ordering a Heat Pack! Visit our Heat Packs page to learn more and purchase your heat pack. 

Weather Holds
Waiting for the perfect time to plant? You can order now and request a custom weather hold until your preferred arrival date.  Please email to request a custom hold. 

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Shipping to Hawaii & Puerto Rico:

We ship to Puerto Rico! Almost all of our plants ship (bare root, of course) to Hawaii & Puerto Rico. Due to USDA restrictions, here's the list of a plants that we don't ship. 

Plants that DO NOT ship to Puerto Rico: Coffee, Palm, Banana  

Plants that DO NOT ship to Hawaii: Pineapple, Palm, Papaya, Coffee, Banana, Passion Fruit

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How to Grow Cacao

Plant Type: Tropical Fruit Tree

Harvest Season: May have more than one harvest; End of Summer - early Fall

Mature Size: 12-25 ft.

Soil & Moisture: Well-draining soil that can retain moisture

Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade

Zone Hardiness: 9-11 with frost protection