It makes me extremely happy that you decided to plant coffee seeds! Before we start to plant them there is some good news and a little bad news.
The good news is that coffee plants are awesome. They have a fantastic lush foliage and they are easy to grow. They are ready to be your green companion for a long time.
The bad news is that I must disappoint you if you expect to drink coffee from your own harvest. If you love them enough and you are lucky like me, one of your plants might reward you with gorgeous jasmine-like flowers and perhaps even give you a few coffee cherries. That’s not enough for a cup of coffee, but enough to give you an idea about how your favorite beverage grows. And the taste of coffee cherry? That is epic!
Chances are you live outside of the coffee growing belt. Coffee loves warmth (not heat) and hates cold weather. Here in Northern California I keep my plants outside from April to November, but during the winter months they have to come indoors.
Jolie is ready to plant. Are you?
So let’s start. First you need a vital coffee seed. This is a tricky part. If you got seeds from us they are most likely vital. They are still in a protected layer called parchment to extend their vitality.
Once you remove that protective layer, the chance of them germinating rapidly decreases. This is why regular green coffee will almost never germinate.
Once you have your seeds, pre-soak them in a cup of water for 24 hours before planting. If any seeds float to the surface, those have to go. Those will never germinate.
After 24 hours prepare a pot with any potting soil and make a hole 1 inch deep. Put the seed into the hole, cover it with soil and keep it in a warm place. Keep the soil moist. If you are very lucky you get the first signs of germination in 3-5 weeks, but if you don’t see anything after 3 months, the germination will most likely not happen.
It is easy. A child can do this. Literally.
For the best results, plant more seeds. In professional settings they plant 3 seeds per pot and they keep the first or strongest sprout and trim the others. I find this slightly barbaric and I like to plant my coffee seeds one per pot, but I plant multiple pots in order to increase my chances.
WHAT TO EXPECT?
In short — the joy and happiness of a newborn child!
Well, almost. Your love and care will be rewarded with germinating coffee seeds. First you get a skirt-like first leaf and later the real leaves will follow. This is the moment when you can name them.
After 6 months you can start to feed them, and let me tell you, they are hungry. Their favorite food is nitrogen.
We’re in this together for the long term! Have a great time and feel free to send us photos! We want to see your coffee plants. We promise we will share ours.