Ever wondered where your coffee comes from? Meet coffea arabica, the Arabian coffee plant! This bushy foliage plant makes a handsome house plant and a great talking point.
While it’s unlikely to produce a crop of coffee beans in your home, it can still be enjoyed for its dark, deeply corrugated leaves and dense, bushy habit. In spring, it may even produce sweetly scented white flowers.
Coffea enjoys a warm, humid atmosphere in a bright position, well away from scorching, direct sun.
Sowing months: January - December
Flowering months: April - May
Sow at any time of year at 21-24C (70-75F), though best in spring to make the most of the light levels. Soak seed for 48 hours prior to sowing. Set seed on the surface of the compost and gently firm down. Seal in a polythene bag if no propagator is available. Do not exclude light as this aids germination, which can be erratic but usually takes 42-56 days. Aim to keep damp but not overly wet.
When large enough to handle, transplant several seedlings per 10cm (4”) pot, filled with multipurpose compost. Position in a warm room away from cold draughts and radiators, aiming for a constant temperature of 16°C (60°F). Coffee plants prefer a bright spot out of direct sunlight. Can also be grown in a warm greenhouse.
Position: sun or semi shade, dappled shade
Height: up to 120cm (48in)
Spread: up to 90cm (36in)
Hardiness & longevity: tender shrub
Ideal for: greenhouse, conservatory
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