Have you ever dreamed of growing and roasting your own coffee? Now is the time to give it a shot with our Coffea arabica plants. Native to Ethiopia, the coffee plant is an evergreen, attractive little shrub with glossy green leaves and a compact growth habit. It grows with a single stem as a young plant and gets more and more bushy when it gets older and is pruned accordingly. It will flower in the spring with small white flowers and then bear 1-2 cm berries that gradually darken from inedible green to blackish pods. Until these berries are ripe, it takes another couple of months. Each of these fruits contains two seeds, which eventually become the coffee beans you use to brew coffee. Under ideal conditions, the first blossom is to be expected after four to eight years. The best environment in which to grow coffee plants is to mimic its natural conditions found on a tropical, mid-elevation mountainside: plenty of water with good drainage, high humidity, relatively cool temperatures, and rich, slightly acidic soil.
- Bright indirect sunlight to semi-shady locations in aery places. Direct sunlight should be avoided, especially around noon, since it could burn the leaves.
- Temperature between 20 to 25 degrees. During winter it can be a little cooler.
- Make sure to keep the plant away from drafts, such as those produced from air conditioning.
- To be perfectly well, the coffee plant also needs high humidity. This can be achieved by a daily spraying.
- The soil should be permeable, airy and mainly slightly sour with a pH-number between 5.5 and 6.5.
- To avoid waterlogging make sure the drainage is good. Additionally, one can add fine cobble or expanded clay.
- Coffee plants are poured plentily from spring to autumn, young plants need more water than older ones. The soil should at any time be slightly moist and never dry out completely. Prior to every pouring, it is recommended to let the upper layer of the soil dry. The plant does not like neither waterlogging nor dryness. During summer it might be sensible to pour a little more often or more plenty. Water in the saucer should be removed after half an hour. Best use chalk free or chalk arm water to pour.
- From March/April to September, the coffee plant wants to be fertilized each fortnight. Newly bought or freshly repotted plants shouldn’t be fertilized in the first year.
- Toxic to pets.
Height of the plant - 15 cm. Diameter of the pot - 7 cm. Sustee size S.