Houseplants forum: Coffee plant ?

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Name: Cat or Tabby
Portland OR
Jan 31, 2016 5:23 PM CST
Hello, So I'd mentioned to my husband that I had found a website with a forum that would help me with learning about my house plants and how to better take care of them, *Blush*
So when he went to Home Depot this morning he called me and said he had wandered around in the house plants section for a few minutes and saw a plant he thought was really nice, would I want it?

It didn't have any care instruction tag on it, and he said it was sitting on a shelf marked with Coffee Plants.

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so now I have a Coffee plant! From what I've read, they can be used as houseplants, although if the conditions are right can grow quite large. I hope this is a dwarf.

It's rather pretty, the leaves are glossy.

Name: Sally
central Maryland
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Feb 1, 2016 8:00 AM CST
I've never owned one but it is a fairly common potted plant. Don't worry, it would be a long time to be tree size.
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Name: Lin
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 9b)
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Feb 1, 2016 3:15 PM CST
Hi Cat/Tabby! Lovely little Coffee plant your husband got for you! Coffee (Coffea arabica) can get pretty large but you can always prune it to keep it a manageable size for growing indoors!
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Name: Will Creed
Professional interior landscaper
Feb 6, 2016 8:32 AM CST
For best results, keep it tightly potted and water it thoroughly as soon as the surface of the soil feels dry. Fertilize it very sparingly, no more than once per month at half strength. It does best in an east window where it gets a few hours of direct sunlight each day. Avoid too much direct sun exposure, but make sure it is within a few feet of an uncovered window.

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Name: Alex Junge
MN st paul, (Zone 4a)
Feb 21, 2016 6:45 PM CST
I had bad experiences with coffees you need to separate the plants or the stronger will live also they need alot of water and light
Utah (Zone 7a)
Jun 20, 2016 5:09 PM CST
What type of soil and fertilizer is good.
Name: Laurie Basler
Western Washington (Zone 7b)
Houseplants Region: Pacific Northwest Sedums Orchids
Jul 30, 2016 2:49 AM CST
They want fast draining soil, BUT they also want to stay moist but not soggy, so you may have to water frequently as fast draining soil dries out quickly. They take a balanced fertilizer where all three numbers are the same, on the fertilizer label... 20-20-20, every two to three months. They want bright light but no direct light. They will not tolerate temps below 65 and hate drafts. A girl I work with was given a coffee plant. I find it a difficult plant, but she has it looking really good for months and months. If you also, find your coffee plant easy, you probably need to play out your pruning strategy, or it will get tall. Good luck!

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