coffee as a houseplant

Discussion in 'Gardening & Plant Propagation' started by suburbanite, Aug 7, 2006.

  1. suburbanite

    suburbanite Well-Known Member

    Jul 27, 2006
    N. Calif./was USDA 9b before global warming
    I succumbed to the impulse to buy coffee seeds at Walmart. Naturally the package doesn't tell you much about how to grow them other than that they need to be indoors, like shade, and have fragrant white flowers.

    Has anybody grown these? How big do they get and how big a pot should I plant them in?
  2. Mountaineer

    Mountaineer Well-Known Member

    Jan 1, 2006
    They get big- really slowly. Keep potting up as the plant needs it. Don't expect coffee. I have seen them fruit twice (6-8' tall) and they do get red fruits like a cherry. Not something you'd likely want to eat/drink....
    Interesting house plant nonetheless.

  3. via media

    via media Tub-thumper

    Jun 3, 2005
    You may have a different kind but the coffee TREE I saw growing outdoors in Brazil was way too big to be a houseplant. I wonder if the pot will keep it from getting too large? Or maybe keeping it trimmed like a very large bonsai will help?

    That's really neat! Good luck with it and let us know how it does.