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Have you ever wanted to grow a coffee houseplant?

Have you ever wanted to grow a coffee houseplant?

Yes, it is possible to grow a coffee houseplant!

Coffee plants (Coffea arabica) are native to tropical regions and can be grown as indoor houseplants in areas with suitable growing conditions.

To grow a coffee plant, you will need a pot with drainage holes, high-quality potting soil, and a location that receives bright, indirect sunlight. The ideal temperature range for coffee plants is between 60-70°F (15-21°C), so keep your plant away from drafts or temperature extremes.

Water your coffee plant regularly, keeping the soil moist but not waterlogged. Allow the top inch of soil to dry out before watering again. Coffee plants also benefit from regular fertilization with a balanced houseplant fertilizer.

Coffee plants can take several years to reach maturity and produce fruit, so don't expect a harvest right away. However, the plant's glossy leaves and fragrant flowers make it an attractive addition to any indoor space.

It's more difficult to start with seeds.

Growing coffee plants from seeds can be a bit challenging, as they require specific conditions to germinate. For best results, you may want to consider buying a coffee plant that's already started from a reputable nursery or online retailer.

If you do decide to grow coffee plants from seeds, you'll need to keep them warm and moist while they germinate. Once they sprout, you can transplant the seedlings into small pots filled with well-draining potting soil and care for them as you would a mature coffee plant.

You can get coffee plant seeds from various sources, including online plant nurseries, local plant stores, and specialty seed companies.

When purchasing coffee plant seeds, it's essential to ensure that they are fresh and of good quality. Coffee seeds have a short shelf life and can lose their viability if not stored properly.

Where do I get a coffee plant?

We found a bunch of nurseries near us here in Ft Lauderdale, FL. 

  1. Jesse Durko's Nursery - This nursery in Davie, FL, about 10 miles west of Fort Lauderdale, carries a wide selection of plants, including coffee plants.

  2. Living Color Garden Center - This garden center in Fort Lauderdale carries a variety of tropical plants, including coffee plants.

  3. A Garden To Go - This plant store in Fort Lauderdale offers a variety of houseplants, including coffee plants.

  4. Online plant retailers - If you're unable to find a coffee plant at a local store or nursery, you can also purchase one online. Several reputable online plant retailers offer coffee plants for sale, including Etsy, Amazon, and The Sill.

Before making a purchase, it's always a good idea to call ahead and confirm that the store or nursery has coffee plants in stock. Additionally, be sure to ask about care instructions and any specific needs that coffee plants may have.

Ready to make coffee!

Harvesting and making coffee from a coffee houseplant can be a bit challenging and time-consuming. Coffee plants take several years to mature and produce fruit, so you'll need to be patient and wait until the berries are ripe.

Here are the basic steps for harvesting and making coffee from a coffee houseplant:

  1. Wait for the berries to ripen - Coffee berries are ready to harvest when they turn bright red. It can take several months for the berries to ripen, so be patient.

  2. Pick the berries - Once the berries are ripe, carefully pick them off the plant. Wear gloves, as the berries can stain your hands.

  3. Remove the pulp - Coffee berries have a thick outer layer of pulp. Remove the pulp by crushing the berries and washing them in water.

  4. Ferment the beans - After removing the pulp, the coffee beans (seeds) will be covered in a slimy layer called mucilage. Ferment the beans in water for a few days to remove the mucilage.

  5. Dry the beans - After fermenting, rinse the beans and spread them out in a single layer to dry. It can take several weeks for the beans to dry completely.

  6. Roast the beans - Once the beans are dry, roast them in an oven or on a stovetop until they turn dark brown.

  7. Grind and brew - Once the beans are roasted, grind them and brew the coffee using your preferred method.

Keep in mind that coffee houseplants are typically grown for ornamental purposes and may not produce enough beans to make a significant amount of coffee. Additionally, the coffee produced by a houseplant may not have the same flavor and quality as coffee produced by commercial growers.

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