I hate to say this but the cocoa plants aren’t easy to grow that’s why you rarely see them being grown in a garden and getting a hold of a plant to grow is even harder. Believe me this truly pains me because I want to grow one in my yard and I'm not giving up yet.
Another down fall for those of us that are impatient is that it can take up to 5 years before it will bear fruit and it won’t have peek production in approximately 10 years.
These cocoa trees can produce thousands of tiny, waxy pink or white pedaled blossoms that cluster together on the trunk and older branches. These blossoms eventually will mature into fruit but sadly only three to 10 percent of these blossoms will mature into fruit.
This is a plant appropriate for growing plants in a greenhouse because if not in its required environment you can simulate its conditions.
If you live in a semi tropical environment you might be able to grow them in your gardens by faking it out with constant care manipulating its environment with heaters and misters. This is the method I'm going to try.
The cocoa trees require lots if warmth and rainfall to thrive because these trees are usually grown rather close to the equator in South America, Central America, parts of Asia and Africa.
Many forget that most of Africa used to be a tropical rainforest and many awesome plants originated form there.
Being shaded is mandatory and protected from the strong tropical sun and sheltered from the winds.
If you are growing from seedlings start them in a pot until they become established which should take a few months to grow before they are ready to be transplanted into a garden bed.