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Topic: No more coffee cherries (12 msgs / 217 lines)
1) From: Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee
Hi All - okay, everyone who sent in a request up to now has coffee 
cherries in the mail! But that's it, I ran out. I was able to make 
about 75 packets, and a few of you will get a peaberry (one seed 
inside, not two). If I knew it was a peaberry in there I sent 5 
cherries. I sent them in labeled plastic bags with the cultivar, the 
farm and the region it came from, and included a couple extra 
stickers that might come in handy to label pots. Ince again, you CAN 
plant the entire cherry as is, but it slows down germination. You can 
a faster result (by faster I mean 45 days as opposed to 90 days) if 
you peel off the outer skin (dark red/brown/black) and then put the 
remainder in the soil. If you remove the parchment layer off the gren 
bean and plant it, you might damage the seed and not get any results. 
I get great results (80% germination - 100%) by leaving the seed in 
the parchment layer. The parchment in this case will be sticky with 
fruit mucilage, in most cases. I get good results in plastic pots but 
you have to be careful not to overwater in those - if it is soaking 
wet all the time the seed can simply rot. I like clay pots because 
they allow the soil to dry out better between waterings, I think. 
Also, don't play super deep. 1/2 inch to 1 inch is good. Anyway, it 
will be interesting to see the results people get, and if anyone has 
seedlings emerge faster, I would be interested in their technique. So 
share those results on the list.
Tom
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2) From: Steve
Tom --
Do you recommend germinating the cherries in soil over, let's say, wet
paper towels?  Also, any fertilization regimes you can offer?
Thanks!
Steve
p.s. with due thanks to my wonderful girlfriend, we have dozens of
house plants that beautify our home, none of which I lay a hand on
(sometimes I'll discourage our cat, Stan, from using the ficus as a
litterbox, but that's about all I do in terms of plant care). 
However, this is one plant I'll be able to get behind!  Thanks again
for your generosity.
On Mon, 25 Oct 2004 12:46:48 -0700, Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee
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3) From: AlChemist John
When I had a 36 seeds to "play" with, I did a bunch of experimenting via a 
matrix.  The best results (fastest germination and survival rate) came from 
a 12 hour soak in water, and "nicking" the seed casing, but leaving them in 
the parchment, being sure not to nick the soft tissue underneath.  YMMV.
Sometime around 12:46 PM 10/25/2004, Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee typed:
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4) From: Steve
John-
By seed casing, do you mean the outermost skin?  Also, did you
germinate your seeds in soil?  Thanks for the info.  I consider this a
golden opportunity and I want to ensure success if at all possible.
-Steve
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5) From: Brett Mason
I am looking forward to some SoCal Surf Coffee - what kind of
environment will these Coffee seeds/plants/trees/redwoods need for
growing?
I'm in sunny Southern California, and definitely don't want to ruin my
chances at growing an orchard!
Thanks for the advice, and TY Tom for the opportunity!
Regards all,
Brett Mason
On Tue, 26 Oct 2004 08:12:49 -0700, Steve  wrote:
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6) From: Michael Vanecek
That would be more accurately described as nicking the parchment 
covering - but being sure not to nick the cotyledon (the green seed) 
within. You know - the seed that we so happily roast into the most 
wonderful of beverages... No touchie that.
My kona parchment usually comes clean from the wet-process. I soak those 
overnight, then pre-germinate them in a mildly damp paper-towel setup 
and get a *very* high percentage ratio of germination in about a month. 
However, with seed hand-harvested from fresh cherry, I would think that 
using soil would be better. In the paper towel, I would think the 
remaining fruit/mucilage would spoil and cause problems where at least 
in the soil it can properly decompose without harming the seed. That's 
how I'll germinate mine...
Thanks Tom! Will document photographically and with notes and post on my 
humble website...
Be well,
Mike
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7) From: Sue
HI Tom, I  just wanted to add my thank you and my appreciation for sending  
the coffee  cherries! What a wonderful treat! It will be fun and
interesting to to see how they develop! I hope mine do!! :)
On Mon, 25 Oct 2004 12:46:48 -0700, Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee
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8) From: Jared Andersson
Thank you for sending the coffee cherries.  I am very excited and a
bit nervous about doing it right.  Jared
On Wed, 27 Oct 2004 00:23:39 -0400, Sue  wrote:
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9) From: AlChemist John
I mean that hard little bugger that often holds onto the leaves as the seed 
is germinating.  And yes, in potting soil with a heating pad 
underneath.  BTW, mine were up in under a month.
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John Nanci 
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Zen Roasting , Blending & Espresso pulling by Gestalthttp://www.dreamsandbones.net/blog/http://www.chocolatealchemy.com/

10) From: Jason Brooks
John - heating pad constant for one month?
Jason
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11) From: AlChemist John
It was the winter (like now) when I sprouted them, and yes, on low.  With 
as much air circulation there was the soil stayed around 80-85 F.
Sometime around 09:10 AM 10/28/2004, Jason Brooks typed:
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John Nanci 
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Zen Roasting , Blending & Espresso pulling by Gestalthttp://www.dreamsandbones.net/blog/http://www.chocolatealchemy.com/

12) From: Sue
Mike,  I just spent some time looking at your website. It's really
great! I wish I a little of your skill. I sure hope I can get my
coffee cherry to grow! I have a pineapple in my window sill in a jar
of water and can't believe the root growth it has. Actually, it has
even had some new leaves emerge from the center!  I was never able to
that before. Now I'm afraid to plant it, it'll probably die then! 
Great site,
I look forward to you adding more!  Sue
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