Can you really grow a cocoa tree in London?

Back in 2009, Chantal planted some fresh cocoa beans from Grenada. She was astonished at the time to find that they actually grew, because the Theobroma Cacao is a notoriously fickle tree that likes very particular (and tropical) conditions.

Two plants survived, and the one that’s been kept in Chantal’s house under the skylights is making incredible progress and is now well over 6 ft.

Cocoa tree may 13

Cocoa trees take 4 or 5 years to begin to bear fruit in ideal conditions. Ours has developed a crown, which is an important step towards developing flowers and fruit. We expect that from here it will stop growing upwards and start to thicken and then, if we’re really lucky, we might start to see cocoa pods!

Cocoa tree crown

We’ll keep you updated on any progress. If you want to see cocoa trees for yourself in London, they grow in both the Princess of Wales Conservatory and the Palm House at Kew Gardens.

9 Comments

  • Reply May 29, 2013

    Barbie Van Horn

    Amazing! Perhaps I will try in Seattle WA, although it looks like I will need a house with a skylight.

  • Reply May 29, 2013

    Barbie Van Horn

    In a few years I expect you’ll have some chocolate to taste?

    • Reply May 30, 2013

      Charlie

      Well hopefully some fresh beans at least! It’s quite rare to be able to taste cocoa fruit here, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Chantal uses any beans we get to do fresh chocolate-making demos.

  • Reply May 29, 2013

    ROCOCO CHOCOLATES

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  • Reply May 30, 2013

    ROCOCO CHOCOLATES

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  • Reply January 18, 2014

    beaglechase

    how very cool is that!!! at first i though the picture was an avocado….they seem to be the one plant i’m able to grow!!! i have them all over the house!!! where did you get fresh cocoa beans???

  • Reply January 18, 2014

    beaglechase

    oopsie…..i forgot to check the box so i would see your comment back!!! 😉

  • Reply March 26, 2014

    Vastatoris

    I have three cacao trees here in Denmark. I have them in a deep 50 cm pot with a width of 30 cm, It would be a great help if you could tell me the dimensions of your container? Did Chantal root prune it or did you guys do anything special to “dwarf” it?

    Best regards Mathias

  • Reply January 13, 2015

    Chyna whyne

    Amazing Chantal !!

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