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Coffee arabica

You can grow a coffee plant either indoors or outside and enjoy a harvest of tasty Arabica coffee beans. Before those beans are ready to use, the Coffea arabica plant will grow numerous clusters of fruit that change from green to red. From those berries come the famous coffee beans that so many people use to start their mornings. Coffee plants also have broad green leaves in which they store caffeine, which they use to deter pests. 

  • Produces Arabica coffee beans that you can roast, grind, and brew.
  • Caffeine present in this plant's leaves helps deter pests.
  • Holds broad, dark green leaves and many clusters of color-changing berries.
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  • 1-Year Warranty Eligible
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Plant Care

Sunlight

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Full or partial sunlight. Filtered light works well too.

Watering

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Water needs are high. Water weekly all year long.

Fertilizing

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Fertilize multiple times through the growing season with a formula that is rich in nitrogen.

Planting instructions

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by John Haryasz | Horticulture Writer and Landscape Designer – last update on March 7, 2022
Coffee plants can grow outdoors in zones 9 through 11. In colder regions, you can plant this species in a container and grow it in an indoor setting. If you do, find an area that receives filtered or indirect light. Coffee plants also enjoy a warm environment. So whether you grow one inside or outside, make sure it is in a location that is consistently above 65 degrees Fahrenheit. Additional humidity in the form of misting can also help this plant.

Watering and nutrients

Coffee plants need more water than most plants. Keep their soil moist, but not wet, at all times. Weekly waterings will often do the trick. But remember that this plant grows all year long, so you’ll need to keep up with watering during all seasons. Fertilize your coffee plant about three to five times per year. When you do, use a fertilizer that has a lot of nitrogen. Interestingly, coffee grounds make an ideal fertilizer for this plant.

Pollination

Unlike other popular coffee plant varieties, Coffea arabica is a self-fertile plant. When it grows outdoors, this species does not need any assistance from pollinator species like bees. Instead, the coffee plant spreads its pollen via the wind. When you grow a coffee plant indoors, the chances are that you’ll need to aid in the pollination process. Using hand pollination is a great way to take care of the job that the wind would do in a natural setting.

Pests, diseases, and animals

The caffeine that is present in the leaves of a coffee plant often does a fantastic job of discouraging insects from feeding on them. However, that does not mean that this plant is entirely pest and disease-free. Coffee plants can have fungal and bacterial infections. They can also experience infestations, including coffee berry borer. Nematodes, mealybugs, and coffee leaf miners can also arrive. In some cases, despite loving moist soil, coffee plants can also experience root rot.

Harvesting

It can take as long as four years before your coffee plant is ready to harvest. When it reaches that age, it will begin to form flowers that eventually develop into coffee cherries. These cherries start out green and then transition to yellow and finally red. That red color signifies that your coffee plant is ready for harvest. At that time, you can pick the cherries off the plant by hand. Then open them to reveal the two coffee beans that each fruit contains.

Achieving maximum results

Before growing a coffee plant indoors, know that this plant is toxic to nearly all common household pets. In indoor settings, you can also expect a smaller harvest. At times, a coffee plant that grows inside may not produce enough beans for you to make a cup of coffee. The key to encouraging fruit production is to give this plant the best possible conditions. Keep its soil moist and locate this plant where it won’t get too cold. Extra humidity and regular fertilization will also help.

FAQs

What are the different types of coffee plants?

There are two primary types of coffee plants that people sell often. One is Coffea arabica, and the other is called Coffea canephora, also known as robusta coffee. These two coffee plants are very popular and have different characteristics. They vary from each other in taste and caffeine content. These plants also have some different growth characteristics. For example, robusta coffee often grows faster and has higher yields.

How large does a coffee plant grow?

Coffee plants can grow up to 6 feet tall but often take a while to mature. At times, it may take more than five years before one of these plants can develop flowers and fruit. The best way to speed up this growth is with a nitrogen-rich fertilizer, which will promote faster leaf development. In the right conditions, you can expect your coffee plant to grow a few inches every few months.

Where are coffee plants native to?

The two types of coffee plants that are most popular come from tropical regions of the world. These species are mostly native to areas of Africa near the equator, but they also grow naturally in parts of Asia as well. Today, coffee plants grow in many different parts of the world, including South America and the Caribbean. The popularity of coffee as a drink is what has led to such widespread cultivation.

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Customer Reviews

Anonymous
Verified Buyer April 19, 2021 at 2:06pm
ratingCute little plants

They're nice little patio plants, attractive

Anonymous
Verified Buyer September 3, 2020 at 4:38pm
ratingGreat service and product!

My arrived swiftly and in good shape.

Anonymous
Verified Buyer June 24, 2020 at 1:10pm
ratingArabica Coffee Plant

Beautiful green plant. It seems to be doing well since it arrived.

Anonymous
Verified Buyer June 10, 2020 at 7:11pm
ratingArrived in beautiful shape.

Well packaged and was very healthy looking.

Anonymous
Verified Buyer May 15, 2020 at 5:49pm
ratingplants arrived in great condition

Plants arrived in great condition. Awaiting to see it grown and yield !

Mature height
6 ft.
Mature width
3 ft.
Sunlight requirement
Full-Partial
Growth rate
Moderate
Botanical name
Coffee arabica
Shipping exclusions
AZ
Grows Well In Zones
4-11 patio / 9-11 outdoors
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Growing Zones: 4-11 patio / 9-11 outdoors
(hardy down to -10°F)

Coffee Plants for Sale - Buying & Growing Guide

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