How to grow a coffee tree at home – Sharing experience
Three years ago my friends brought me a little cutter and coffee seeds. And my experiment began.
How to grow a coffee tree from the seeds
- Wash the seeds cleaned of pulp in a mild solution of manganese.
- Fill the boxes to a height of 5-8 cm with loose substrate from sod soil, leafy peregnoya and sand.
- Put the seeds flat on top of the soil, water them and cover them with glass.
- Keep the box of seeds at a temperature of +20 … +28°C.
- In 8 weeks the seeds will spring up. When two real leaves appear, plant the plants in separate pots.
How to grow a coffee tree from a cutter
It was harder with the cuttings – root formation lasted 4 months. At first, the cutting edge was held in a root formation stimulator. Then I planted it in a mixture of pearlite and sieved peat, the cutter buried half in the substrate. After planting, I poured it with diluted manganese solution and erected a so-called mini-glass in the pot.
The coffee pot was placed on a light place protected from direct sunlight and maintained a stable high temperature (optimal +25 … +27 ° C). The created mini-plate was regularly ventilated by spraying the coffee stalk.
Coffee tree care
Further care of the coffee tree is little different from standard care of any other potted plant. Coffee likes a lot of light, but not direct beams, but diffuse beams. Another coffee tree prefers humid air. To maintain sufficient humidity, I used a humidifier, a water tray or regular spraying. If there is not enough moisture, the leaf tips begin to dry out and curl up. I also regularly wiped the leaves from dust.
Water the plant as needed. The ground in the pot should always be slightly moist, but not dirty or dry. I watered it more often in summer, with soft water at room temperature. In winter, watering was reduced, but still I periodically moistened the ground so that it did not dry out.
In spring and summer, when there is a period of active growth and flowering, coffee needs feeding. During this period, the plant was fed every 2 weeks, used a complex mineral fertilizer. I stopped doing it from the second half of autumn until next spring.
That’s how to grow a coffee tree.