Coffee Arabica Nana
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...
2017-07-05 Coffee Updates
We have a mess of coffee plants. They are all doing pretty well. They do better clustered together on the ground where the water pools up while watering.
The leaves look pretty lush for the most part. We added azomite and a little acidic fertilizer to help them out a while ago.
So far, so good!
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
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|
Early September, 2016
|Bunches of seeds 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|
2016-09-10 Coffee Tails
|Coffee Arabica With Tail|
|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."