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Theobroma cacao - Plant

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Theobroma cacao is the taxonomic classification for the plant also called the cacao tree and the cocoa tree, which is a small evergreen tree in the family Malvaceae, native to the deep tropical regions of Central and South America.

Common name: cocoa, cocoa tree, chocolate tree, cacao tree
Color: Pink
Bloom time: Seasonal bloomer
Height: 20.00 to 30.00 feet
Difficulty level: easy to grow

Planting & Care
Both can survive in temperate climates if they are planted in a sheltered area. Arabian is a small bush with evergreen leaves. There are many other varieties of plant, of which are best suited for sub-tropical climates. Learning how to grow will add a striking visual and olfactory touch to the garden.

Sunlight: full sun

Soil: well-drained soil

Water: medium

Temprature: 32°C

Fertilizer: apply any organic fertilizer

Care:
  • Always wear safety goggles; branches can whip back when released.
  • Start with pruning shears for smaller growth.
  • Use loppers, which look like giant, long-handle shears, for growth that is more than half an inch thick.
  • A small pruning saw is handy, as it cuts on both the push and the pull.
  • Deadhead religiously and keep beds clean.


Special Feature:
Commercially grown pantropically for its seeds/beans. Interesting small ornamental tree for tropical areas.
Use
Medicinal use:
  • The use of cocoa to treat or prevent magnesium deficiency in humans has not been explored.
  • Cocoa products are used extensively in the food and pharmaceutical industries.
  • Cocoa powder and cocoa butter are often mixed with chocolate liquor (ground cacao seeds), sugar, milk, and other flavors.

Ornamental use:
  • The plant is used for ornamental purpose.


Note:
for medicinal use

Reference:
http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/ http://www.flowersofindia.net/

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