Photo by Melody

Tropical Fruits: Cocoa Tree Help

Communities > Forums > Tropical Fruits
Forum: Tropical FruitsReplies: 2, Views: 60
Add to Bookmarks
Saint Petersburg, FL

July 29, 2009
11:47 AM

Post #6879175

Is anyone here growing cocoa? If so, do you have any experience getting it to set fruit?

Mine has one bloom on it, and more on the way. I'm thinking hand pollination is the way to go, but I'm wondering if there's any tips or tricks specific to Cocoa anyone can share?


Keaau, HI

August 2, 2009
5:17 AM

Post #6896553

Theobroma cacao is naturally pollinated by small flies known as Midges.

To attract small fruit flies and such around your Cacao trees they should be surrounded by mulch and not a lawn.

I mulch my trees and toss Banana peels, Citrus rinds, and other fruit waste around them to help attract pollinators.

Also give your trees lots of potassium.

Thumbnail by Metrosideros
Click the image for an enlarged view.

Saint Petersburg, FL

August 3, 2009
1:02 AM

Post #6899584

Thank you!

I've got very little lawn, and plenty of mulch, but I think I'll take your suggestion and feed it some Orange rinds and banana peels.

You cannot post until you register, login and subscribe.

Other Tropical Fruits Threads you might be interested in:

SubjectThread StarterRepliesLast Post
Tropicals: Dwarf Pomegranate Calalily 44 Jun 14, 2008 3:00 PM
My Ice Cream banana tree halo 27 Jun 7, 2007 2:41 AM
It just ain't so! :) Vee8ch 29 Sep 1, 2008 5:55 AM
Strawberry guava tropicalaria 58 Aug 21, 2011 8:27 PM
Passion Fruit dwallace59 5 Aug 24, 2007 5:40 AM

Overwhelmed? There's a lot to see here. Try starting at our homepage.

[ Home | About | Advertise | Media Kit | Mission | Featured Companies | Terms of Use | Tour | Rules | Privacy Policy | Cookie Policy | Contact Us ]

Back to the top

Copyright © 2000-2015 Dave's Garden, an Internet Brands company. All Rights Reserved.

Hope for America