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Topic: Coffee Tree (6 msgs / 165 lines)
1) From: Myron Joshua
I have a neighbor who is buying a coffee tree from a nursery. A six foot
model, claimed to by decades old. (I don't know if that is a good point or
not.
At any rate she has about a week to pick the cherrys and get the beans ready
for roasting.
Any of you grow your own?
How should she do it?
What suggestions do you have for using the fruit itself?
Best,
myron

2) From: Myron Joshua
Sorry for replying to my own post...
found a nice summary of the process for homegrower at:http://www.dpi.qld.gov.au/horticulture/5471.htmlAny additions will be appreciated.
best. myron

3) From: Sue
My sister and  her family have been staying with us this past week. They
come up to Traverse City every year for the National Cherry Festival. Today
we went to a local greenhouse/garden store and they bought me a gift. A huge
coffee tree! It is about 4 feet tall and about 3 feet wide and is loaded
with coffee cherries! I'm afraid I'll kill it. It is currently in what I
think is a 14 inch pot. Any suggestions on what I should do, how  I should
care for it? Remember, I'm in northern lower Michigan.
Thanks,
Sue
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4) From: Bob
Parker CO elv 6000' 'high desert'
a dozen or so trees, purchased as seedlings & some grown from
seed:
Mine are in direct light from southern windows & stay between
65 & 75F. I try to keep them fairly watered, they dry out
quickly & get very wilted droopy leaves, but perk up quickly
when watered.
I repotted a couple larger ones last fall into 24" clay pots and
they now have exploded & flowered, also covered with cherries.
The previous pots were almost completely rootbound. Coffee trees
seem to fill roots everywhere.
I would wait until after the cherries ripen to repot and maybe
top the trees, to make them bush out. Again, keep them watered
and use a basic all-around fertilizer. I do a light solution
with every watering.
Bob

5) From: Dave Huddle
The first thing that comes to mind is to move to Hawaii and take your
tree with you.
Other than that - I have no clue!
Dave
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6) From: Sue
Thanks for the tips Bob. I'm a little worried because I was never able to
grow the few small coffee plants I've had in the past. The seeds I got from
Tom some years ago did sprout, but never grew more than 4-6 inches before I
killed them. Same with a few plants I found at Walmart one year. They were
tiny things in a 4 inch pot. Maybe (hopefully) I'll have better luck with
this much more established tree! It does have quite a bit of new growth on
it, but I know it just came out of a greenhouse where it's been since April.
Prior to that who knows, some warm climate I'm sure!
Dave, I simply love your idea!
Sue
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