Role of nutrients by cocoa growth stage

Find out which nutrients are most important at different growth stages.

Vegetative Growth to Pre-Flowering

  • Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium – to promote growth of new shoots and roots, and promote flowering after harvest 
  • Calcium, Magnesium and Sulfur - boost root and leaf growth to provide a platform for high yields and good fruiting 
  • Micronutrients – to ensure leaf growth is not limited 
  • Boron and Zinc – to maximize flowering and strong fruit set


Post Flowering to Cherelle Formation

  • Nitrogen and Potassium – maintain canopy cover and shoot growth, and maximize pod development 
  • Phosphorus – for new root growth together with new leaf flush 
  • Calcium and Boron – maximize strong growth of healthy tissues and minimize cherelle wilt 
  • Magnesium – boost chlorophyll activity and N-uptake 
  • Micronutrients – maintain growth and fruit set


Pod Expansion

  • Nitrogen and Potassium – to maintain tree growth and bean fill and quality during this critical phase 
  • Calcium and Boron – to maintain pod integrity and minimize pod drop as it expands 
  • Micronutrients – where needed to maintain growth



  • Nitrogen, Potassium and Phosphorus – to build nutrient stocks in the tree and to support new leaf flushes