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Product Description:

Tea drinkers have been growing herbs to make tea for years, and now coffee drinkers can grow their own coffee! The coffee plant is a small, handsome, evergreen tree that can be grown in a large container with filtered sunlight. Although it’s not frost tolerant, it can be brought indoors during the winter months in colder climates. During the winter it prefers high humidity, moist (not soggy) soil, and a sunny, south-facing window. Glossy, dark emerald leaves set off clusters of wonderfully fragrant, white flowers from the second year on. The blooms produce ½ inch berries that begin green, ripen to yellow and finally mature to deep red. Each fruit contains 2 seeds, which are coffee beans that can be roasted and ground for brewing. Plants can reach 10–12 feet but are typically maintained at 2–4 feet. 

Coffee plants ship late April to early May in 3 ½ inch pots. Order early for best availability. Detailed planting information and growing instructions are included with each order and may be obtained below. Available only in the contiguous US.
  • Key Features:




  • Key Features:

Plant height 2-4' (or taller)
Hardiness Zone 10-11
Bearing Age 3-4 years
Ripening Time Fall
Pollinator Required No

Coffea arabica

Initial Instructions
After unpacking your plant, allow a few days for it to gradually acclimate to full light exposure. If planting directly into the ground, choose a location with well-drained, slightly acidic soil. For a container-grown plant re-pot it into a 6-8 inch diameter pot in standard potting soil. The plant will require re-potting to a larger container as it grows. Up-pot when the plant appears root bound or when large roots push out the drainage holes. Finished container size should be approximately 5-8 gallons if the plant is maintained at 2-4 feet.

Water regularly during the growing season and less during the winter. Coffee plants require a 2-3 month period of drier conditions to produce flowers and berries. Fertilize regularly during the growing season with a well-balanced fertilizer.

Size at Maturity
10-12 feet or taller under optimal conditions, but normally maintained at 2-4 feet.

5-15 feet depending on overall height of plant.

Coffee plants are self-fertile.

Pests & Diseases
Fusarium if the plants suffer from frost damage.

Soil Type

Moist (not soggy), well drained, mildly acidic.

Light Requirements

Filtered sun outdoors, or bright light indoors.

Coffee plants are hardy to 28ºF, but we recommend bringing the plant indoors when temperatures dip below 40ºF.

Bloom Time

Variable depending on plant size.

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