Do Cocoa trees grow good in Florida? - Knowledgebase Question

Name: Mimi Lilly
Port Saint Lucie, Fl
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Question by luxio
February 22, 2010
Hello! I would like to know if Cocao trees grow good in Florida (zone 9B)?Do the have many problems with pests?
Thank you very much.

Answer from NGA
February 22, 2010
Cocoa plants are adapted to and grow best in hot, humid tropical areas with evenly distributed rainfall. Truly tropical areas are characterized by year-round temperatures at or above 68?F and no freezing temperatures. I don't think you'll be terribly successful with a cocoa tree, unless you have a well protected area. They make unique, interesting, challenging, and fun additions to the home landscape.

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