Coffee Plant Care

How to Care for Your Coffee Plant – Our Top Tips

A small potted coffee plant (not coffe plant) makes a beautiful addition to your home decor with deep green leaves that have an attractive texture. It’s perfect for beginners or experienced gardeners alike and requires very little care!

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Does A Coffee Plant Grow Harvestable Beans?

First things first, you won’t be harvesting your morning cup of coffee from this houseplant. But you can get coffee flowers.

It takes a few years (up to 3-5) for a Coffee Plant to grow mature enough to produce white flowers, and conditions need to be optimal for the development of berries.

If your plant is pleased, you can pollinate its white flowers by hand and maybe get some beans!

Does it need a lot of light?

Indirect light is vital. Coffee plants thrive when their leaves are in bright light but not direct sunlight. Make sure to keep them near a sunny window for the best result! If they don’t receive adequate sun during the day, they will develop pale yellowish leaves, which may eventually turn brown if left untreated.

Do I Need To Repot My Plant?

You should repot your coffee plant every year as it grows larger. This helps prevent root rot and encourages new growth. You’ll also want to prune off any dead branches so that there aren’t too many competing roots.

What Should I Feed My Coffee Plant?

Indirect light is vital. Coffee plants thrive when their leaves are in bright light but not direct sunlight. Make sure to keep them near a sunny window for the best result! If they don’t receive adequate sun during the day, they will develop pale yellowish leaves, which may eventually turn brown if left untreated.
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Can I Grow My Coffee Plants at Home?

Yes, it’s possible to grow your coffee plants at home if you live somewhere where there isn’t much rain. You’ll want to start with seedlings which will take about 6 months before they’re ready to transplant into larger pots.

Submerge the pot of coffee seeds in a bowl of warm water. Warm water is good for the tree! Just like how we prefer warm showers to cold showers.

Can I Grow Coffee Plants Indoors

Yes, you can grow coffee indoors. They do require more water than other indoor plants because they’re tropical plant species. But they still love filtered water, just like all other plants.

Make sure to place your potted plant on top of the pebbles, making sure the bottom of the pot and the water’s surface don’t touch. 

You won’t see the red coffee fruit unless you ensure that the plant produces fruits in the first place; it is essential to know that they are tended to correctly.

Does The Coffee Plant need a lot of Water?

Coffee plants are just like the average person on a Monday morning. They need their coffee and will droop when they have been under-watered, but perk up within hours of getting some!

To help your plant thrive, make sure you keep it watered regularly and provide them with an environment that is humid so they can stay healthy (just don’t let those roots get waterlogged).

Water your plant regularly throughout the year. Watering once every two weeks is sufficient. You can use either tap water or bottled mineral water as long as it doesn’t contain chlorine. Avoid using distilled water because it contains minerals that could harm your plant.

How about Fertilizer?

Coffee plants are some of the most rewarding houseplants. They come in many shapes and sizes, including tall varieties like ilex crenata variegated or java ferns for a cascading effect!

These trees will need regular fertilizing to stay healthy- which is easier when you can see how much they’ve grown than if you were just guessing from looking at them now and then.

Fertilize these guys with balanced plant fertilizer 2-3 times per year during warmer seasons, but don’t worry about it this fall by skipping winter too!

The following fertilizer recipe works well:

1 part fish emulsion + 2 parts composted manure 1 part fertilizer. Apply around the base of each stem using a watering can.

Thriving Temperature for a Coffee Plant?

Coffee plants need to maintain a specific temperature, so it would be wise for you to keep them warm and humid. They like temperatures above 65F with no drafts or consistent cold temps near their leaves.

Common Coffee Plant problems

If you have trouble keeping your plant alive, try placing it inside a large pot filled with pebbles or gravel. This helps insulate the soil and keeps the heat close to the ground.

Leaf Drop

The leaves on your coffee plants are falling off. This could be due to several things, such as too much water or exposure to direct light for prolonged periods.

Try giving the plant more space from any windows and reduce their watering schedule by 15-20%. These can both cause leaf drop in this species, so you must make these changes if they’re needed!

Root Rot

Root Rot can be prevented by keeping the soil moist and watering when the top inch of soil is dry. This will help prevent excess water, which could lead to a plant’s death if it sits in too much or too little moisture for an extended period of time.

If you notice your plants sitting in water or with soggy roots, try repotting them into well-draining soil so that they may avoid any more damage!

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Moldy Leaves

This problem occurs when the humidity levels inside your house aren’t high enough. If you notice mold growing around your plants’ leaves, it might mean that they haven’t had adequate air circulation. Try moving your plants closer to a vent or opening to increase airflow.

Coffee Leaf Rust

This problem occurs when the humidity levels inside your house aren’t high enough. If you notice mold growing around your plants’ leaves, it might mean that they haven’t had adequate air circulation. Try moving your plants closer to a vent or opening to increase airflow.

Diseases & Pests

Many pests affect coffee plants, including aphids, mealybugs, spider mites, whiteflies, thrips, scale insects, slugs, snails, ants, beetles, caterpillars, birds, rabbits, deer, squirrels, mice, rats, wasp/hornet nests, etc.

arabica coffee plant

There are two main types of Arabica coffee species; Robusta and Caturra. The first type produces higher quality beans, while the second one has less caffeine content. Both have different requirements regarding light, temperature, and other factors.

Robusta Coffee requires lower temperatures and bright lighting conditions, whereas Caturra needs cooler temperatures and indirect lighting.

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FAQS

How big do coffee plants get?

Coffee plants are woody evergreens that can grow up to 10 meters tall when growing in the wild; most of the world’s coffee grows within “The Bean Belt,” an area around the equator between The Tropics of Capricorn and Cancer.

Can a coffee plant go outside?

Coffee plants need to be protected from the heat and sun when outdoors.

Coffee plants require protection from direct sunshine while they’re outside; otherwise, their leaves will burn. 

How many years can a coffee plant live?

Coffee plants can live up to 100 years, but they are generally the most productive between 7 and 20. Proper care will maintain their output over time depending on which variety you planted. The average coffee tree produces 10 pounds of fresh coffee beans or green coffee beans.