How to Plant Cocoa Beans in Minecraft: A Beginners Guide!

Minecraft is primarily a game with no rules. However, to get the best of the game and grow cocoa beans, you need to follow some guidelines. 

Below, I will discuss how to grow cocoa beans in Minecraft and, in turn, how to make a cocoa bean farm.

How to grow cocoa beans in Minecraft

When you intend to grow cocoa beans on your own as a player, you should have all of the necessary materials. You’ll need jungle logs, cocoa beans, and an axe to get started.

To grow cocoa beans, you should first enter a jungle biome. Growing jungle woodlands with cocoa pods should be found within the rainforest.

Harvest as much jungle wood as you can while in the biome. Cocoa beans can only grow on jungle wood, and a lot of it is essential for a high yield.

All you need to do to cultivate cocoa beans is lay a cocoa bean on the edge of rainforest wood.

This way you grow a new cocoa pod. Place a cocoa pod on jungle logs, jungle wood, stripped jungle logs or stripped jungle wood.

A single log can sustain up to four pods. Each side of the log can have one pod. When you plant the cocoa beans on the wood, the pod will begin to grow. In Minecraft, cocoa pods grow as little green pods.

What are the stages of growing cocoa beans in Minecraft?

In Minecraft, there are three stages to cultivating cocoa. The pod begins as a tiny green pod in its first stage. As it develops to the second stage, it becomes more of a light brown or tan and orange color; nevertheless, by the third or final stage, the pod has grown to be much larger, orange-brown, and slightly red in color. You can use bone meal to accelerate the growth of the cocoa pod by one stage.

You can harvest a cocoa pod in Minecraft after it reaches the third and final stage of growth. To collect the cocoa beans, you can use anything, including your hands.

You can, however, use an axe to speed up the mining process. You’ll need to plant the beans in their spot every time you break the pods. A single pod can contain up to three cocoa beans. To grow a new pod, players just need one bean.

When swept by running water, forced by a piston, or their log is destroyed in any way, cocoa pods can explode and drop their beans.

Here is a summary and a video of how to grow cocoa beans in Minecraft.

  1. Start by placing the jungle log in an open area, preferably somewhere without any blocks next to it that could hinder its growth.
  2. Then plant the cocoa pod on the side of the jungle log and wait for it to grow. You can also hasten its growth rate by using bone meal on the cocoa pod. As a cocoa bean has 3 stages of growth, you might need to use two bone meals or more to fully form a single cocoa pod.
  3. Once the cocoa bean is fully grown, you can break it down with any tool in your inventory, but using an axe is the quickest way.
  4. Also, since the cocoa bean has three growth stages, it is best to break it only when it is in its final stage or its fully grown stage.
  5. A fully grown cocoa pod will drop 2 to 3 cocoa beans, which you can replant to produce more. Destroying a cocoa pod before it has reached its last stage will only drop 1 cocoa bean, which means it is futile to harvest it at any stage before the final one.

How To Make A Cocoa Bean Farm in Minecraft

Once you have learned how to grow cocoa beans, it is time to make a cocoa bean farm for your base. Understand that the jungle logs on which the cocoa beans will grow do not need to be attached to a living jungle tree in order to thrive; only a harvested jungle log is required.

You can build your own farm by strategically placing jungle logs to increase growing space. As a result, it is quite simple to construct large cocoa bean farms and, if necessary, mass-produce them.

  • To create an optimal non-automated cocoa bean farm,
  • Start by clearing a 6×6 wide area free from any blocks or hindrances.
  • Then using four jungle logs, place them one by one in a specific location.
  • The first jungle log must be placed on the fourth column of the second row, and the second jungle log should be placed on the second column of the third row.
  •  Then place the third jungle log on the fifth column of the fourth row.
  •  And lastly, place the fourth and final jungle log on the third column of the fifth row.

Once the four jungle logs are in position, you can repeat the pattern vertically and horizontally by overlaying one square laterally or horizontally to build larger cocoa bean farms.

The jungle logs can also be extended vertically to increase yield and free up room for other farms. However, as they get taller, harvesting and replanting become more challenging. As a result, an ideal cocoa bean field should not be taller than six blocks from the ground.

When planning your cocoa bean farm, keep in mind that cocoa beans are fragile and will break if you strike them or the rainforest wood on which they are growing, or if the growing cocoa beans become drenched in water.

You can then use this technique to set up an automatic cocoa bean farm, breaking or harvesting fully grown cocoa beans mechanically.

Although establishing big cocoa bean farms appears to be a fascinating idea, it is also unfeasible given the rate at which cocoa pods grow and the number of cocoa beans that a single fully grown cocoa pod can generate.

However, because each cocoa pod must be replanted, there are currently no designs available to establish a fully autonomous cocoa bean farm.

Various designs, however, are dedicated to semi-automatic cocoa bean farms, which can be used to mechanically harvest all fully grown cocoa beans with the push of a button.

Most automated farms, including cocoa bean growing, use methods such as piston harvesting and waterlogging.

You can harvest cocoa beans using any method available to save time and effort rather than harvesting them all by hand and replanting them one by one.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can you grow cocoa in Minecraft?

Cocoa beans come from cocoa pods, which are found on the trunks of normal-sized naturally-generated jungle trees in jungle biomes. Placing a cocoa bean on the side of a jungle log plants a new cocoa pod. The log does not need to be attached to a tree.

How do you grow Cocoa Beans in Minecraft?

Start by placing the jungle log in an open area, preferably somewhere without any blocks next to it which could hinder its growth. Then plant the cocoa pod on the side of the jungle log and wait for it to grow.

Can cocoa beans spawn on planted jungle trees?

Cocoa pods spawn naturally on jungle trees, which only spawn in jungle biomes. They can be placed on jungle logs, which means that a quick farm can be created, provided there is some jungle wood.

How can I get cocoa beans without a jungle?

If you can’t find cocoa pods hanging from jungle logs or jungle trees, you have to hit the tree blocks with an axe to break them. As a result, you’ll be able to find cocoa pods in the trees for sure (although it’ll take 5 to 10 minutes).

What wood do cocoa beans grow on?

Jungle wood. Harvest as much jungle wood as you can. Cocoa beans can only grow on jungle wood and you will need quite a bit of it if you want a high yield. Make your way back to your farm and begin placing your jungle wood.

Do cocoa beans need light to grow Minecraft?

Cocoa beans can grow on the sides of any jungle log, regardless of light level, requiring 1 empty air block in the space it will occupy.

How do you speed up crop growth in Minecraft?

By using bone meal on an immature crop, players have a chance to accelerate its growth to a random growth stage. This allows the plant to be harvested faster.

Now it’s your turn

Now that you know how to grow cocoa beans in Minecraft, you should try the process out. Don’t you agree with me?

It’s easier to grow a cocoa bean farm when you make efforts to practically do what you read. With that said, I look forward to reading about your progress.

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