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Topic: Odd but true - growing coffee from seed (101 lines)
1) From: Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee
you can get them to produce a plant, but the rate is like 1 in 50. if 
you soak them overnight, you will get a brownish water with a few 
that have taproots emerging. but I have found that this doesnt 
actually indicate a viable seed - i think it is more often just the 
swelling of the taproot, not its actual "growth" anyway, if you take 
a bunch of those that do have an emergent taproot, plant them 1/2 to 
1 inch deep in well draining soil you might get results. but be 
warned, it takes a LONG time (4-6 weeks, even more sometimes), so be 
patient and water 2x to 3 x a week. let the soil dry a bit between 
waterings, but dont let it get parched ... also don't keep it soaking 
wet all the time. i had most success with peaberry, for some reason.
tom
I agree with Beth, but i wouldn't add chips to the soil or let them 
soak to long.
sometimes the decomposing bacteria take nutrients out of the soil as 
they eat the wood.
So i've tried sprouting the odd bean but it always goes moldy.  Are 
regular coffee beans
too processed to sprout?  how did you guys get your plants?
Any cherries yet?
zane
From: "Beth Henkels" 
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Subject: RE: +Odd but true
Date: Tue, 12 Jun 2007 17:43:37 -0500
I wood bet (pun intended) that the chips do give off nutrients. Gardeners
(myself included), often use "compost tea"; an infusion of compost left to
soak in water and then that water used for plants. It could be possible
that the wood chips are just acting like compost in its earliest stage.
That's my two cents anyway
Beth


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