Coffee Arabica

Coffee Arabica Nana

Coffee Arabica Nana.  Seeds purchased from tradewindsfruit.com.  Ordered 8 seeds per pack. Seeds are from a dwarf type of Arabica known also for its high yield of fruits. Similar to Catura Coffee. Trees will grow to about 3-4ft. Makes an attractive and easy to grow house plant.

Coffee can be grown in zones 9-11, which is inclusive of our USDA growing zone.  I'm not sure I want to bother with roasting the beans myself, but when finding out that these are great as house plants that bloom intermittently throughout the year and that the flowers smell like sweet jasmine I decided it is well worth trying just for the indoor aromatic value... In about three or four years...


Let's Get Growing...



Coffee Arabica

2017-05-13 Coffee Updates



We have bunches of little coffee plants.  We ended up giving some away, since we have so many.  

Some clover seeds were added to the planters along with some cottonseed meal, azomite and general fertilizer.  

The little plants seem to be doing okay, getting plenty of new leaves.  They didn't seem to be making all that much progress, but in comparison to the last update, they are doing pretty well.


Coffee arabica seedling

2017-04-02 Coffee Updates



The seeds totally failed and the coffee plants have been hit and miss. They've been moved out into the greenhouse where the humidity should be higher and more like what the coffee plants like.

Whenever we order from Wellspring Gardens,we add the little coffee plants as free add-ons.  We'll have another set showing up within the month with our vanilla orchid.

Some do well, some don't.  It seems transplanting them shortly after receipt is helpful and watering them on a surface that allows for quick drainage is better than watering them on the little seed trays.  This is much easier in the greenhouse.


Coffee arabica seedlings

2016-10-01 Coffee Plants Arrived


The seeds are taking so long to sprout and I am an impatient gardener, I guess.  I ordered some other plants and added on a free coffee arabica offering.  I will have another one coming with another order and they look super cute. Multiple coffee plants are in the little pot, so they may get separated at some time in the future.  I haven't decided yet.

The leaves are really pretty and I'm looking forward to the jasmine scented flowers some time in the future.







Coffee Arabica Beans, Germinated

2016-09-11 Coffee Beans To SIPs


The coffee beans were separated from the rest of the seeds yesterday and then moved into the seed starter SIPs today.

According to instructions, the beans were placed with the split side down, then covered with more lightweight and course potting soil.

Keeping our SIPs on a north facing window sill
Coffee Arabica SIPs
creates some issues with economy of space.  So the coffee beans were put in two each. Hopefully it won't end up being over-crowded.  We did not tamp down the soil on top either.  We kept it loose.

Early September, 2016


Bunches of seeds soaking
We started soaking the seeds for a day or two. Then when the parchment seemed loose, the beans were squeezed a bit and the parchment cracked and easily allowed the bean to slip out.  The beans were returned to the water for additional soaking.

The best instructions for sprouting coffee beans came from sweetmarias.com.  Without the additional information, we probably would not have had much luck sprouting the beans.

The hint was in the parchment covering of the coffee beans.
Coffee Bean, Parchment Removed
 The parchment is a sort of clear, vanilla colored hard coating that prevents much moisture from getting to the plant embryo and makes it also difficult for the first leaves to show.


2016-09-10 Coffee Tails


Coffee Arabica With Tail

Today during seed rinsing and inspections, I noticed a couple of the beans had some little tails sticking out and most others had tail bump forming.  It was time to separate them out, as I didn't want the little tails to get scraped or bumped off during water changes.

Coffee bean collection


The protrusion indicates a nine day mark, which seems about right, but some have been slower to come around.

We have 12 coffee beans, hopefully to get 12 coffee plants.  2 beans look like they may not do much but rot.  We should put these up in the seed SIPs and get them going.  It looks like there won't be much of a wait to see some above ground activities.




August 20, 2016

Coffee arabica nana bean, fresh

The order was placed for the coffee seeds.  I won't receive some fresh cherry beans like the image to the right (kinda looks like little brains inside), but will receive some unroasted beige seeds.

I found some instructions online about getting coffee beans started.  I also read some reviews about people who had trouble and finally was able to start their seeds, which is basically:  "First soak the coffee seeds in water for 24 hours.  Then sow the seeds in damp sand or wet vermiculite in which the excess water has been drained.  Otherwise, you can place the seeds between moist coffee sacks, which should be watered twice a day and drained well.

Once the coffee seed germinates, very carefully remove it from the sand, vermiculite, or burlap bags.  Make a  hole about 1.25 cm deep in a friable loam soil with a high humus content.  Rotted manure, bone meal, and dried blood can also be added.  If this type of soil is not readily available try a light weight and porous soil.  Place the seed flat side down in the hole and sprinkle soil over the hole.  Do not press the soil down firmly.  Placing a 1/2 inch of mulched grass on top will help preserve moisture, but should be removed when the seed has fully germinated.

The seeds should be watered daily.  Too much water or too little water will kill the seed.  The soil should remain well drained, but moist at all times.

After germination, the coffee plant should either be left alone or carefully removed and planted in a soil with a low pH (acidic) and high nitrogen content.  The soil should be porous.  Therefore, course sand or basalt gravel dust can be added.  Manure can also be added.  A fertilizer that is appropriate for orchids can be used sparingly for the coffee plant to maintain mineral levels and a low pH."