Did you know growing a coffee plant is almost as enjoyable as drinking a cup of freshly brewed Joe? Don’t worry, I said almost. It’s true, the arabica plant is not only a really beautiful plant, but it’s surprisingly easy to grow as a houseplant.
Coffee plants do really well when positioned in a place with bright, but indirect light. I currently live in USDA zone 9a, so in my experience, I have been able to put them in direct light during late winter and early spring. I usually place them in a south facing window.
As soon as the temperatures start to rise and the sun becomes too harsh for coffee plants, I will move them a few feet away from the window or to a side of the house with a lower amount of direct light. Another way to protect the plant during the height of summer is to install sheer curtains that will diffuse the light.
As with many houseplants, good drainage is very important. This plant needs consistently moist soil, but not overly soggy. Left on it’s own, watering once a week is a good rule of thumb, but if you are able to maintain a good level of humidity, you may be able to get away with a longer interval. That being said, you should strive to keep your relative humidity on the higher side to keep this plant perfectly happy.
One of the most attractive aspects of this plant is not the fruit it could bear, but the foliage, ease of care, and eventual size. As much as I love coffee, a single indoor grown coffee plant is not likely a sustainable source of coffee beans. The reason is because how difficult it can be to get this plant to flower indoors and especially how long it takes to even get to the flowering state. A well-cared for coffee plant can take anywhere from 3 to 5 years to reach maturity and bear fruit.
The eventual size of a coffee plant is where this plant really shines. From a room decoration stand point, people often put high values on the floor plants that get to be quite large. Fiddle leaf figs and (Ficus Lyrata) and weeping ficus’ (Ficus Benjamina) are two examples my mind goes to. These two beautiful plants are easily on my list of top 5 favorite floor plants. Although coffee plants take longer to grow to these levels, I will say they are worth it. These plants get upwards of 6ft tall. In most homes this is right at that height before it becomes too tall for certain homes. As a result, you end up with a perfectly vibrant houseplant that really beautifies your living space. In a lot of ways these plants remind me of the joys of owning a ficus benjamina, but without out all the dropped leaves.
If you want a really hardy houseplant that is relatively easy to grow, but not found in every other home in America, pick yourself up an arabica plant. You won’t regret buying one of these for you home.
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