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Topic: Pruning an indoor coffee plant (27 msgs / 747 lines)
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6) From: Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee
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Usually when they sell arabica, it is multiple plants. So thats why I 
believe you have multiple trunks. Robusta is not multi trunked -nor 
is any coffee plant really, unless badly grown.
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They love to be hacked back, but to the point they can recover. Don't 
cut them too low to the soil. Maybe to 18", leaving some leaf and 
secondary branch
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On a farm they start right after harvest, and that would be as the 
plant heads into a more dormant season. Not sure why they do that...
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7) From: Brad Byford
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 I don't have any helpful information, but I'm curious. What elevation are
you at. I want to grow a tree or two in west Tennessee USA, and I don't know
if it's possible. My elevation is here is around 330 ft.
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8) From: Matt Hoffman
I have a tree here (or rather, three trees or so intertwined, kind of like
Paul describes) that has been happy in Virginia and North Carolina, within a
few hundred feet of sea level. They winter indoors, but love it outside in
the summer.
I've never pruned, though, and they're four or five years old now...this
thread has me thinking.
Tom, do they prune every year on the farm?  I should start doing that this
year.  I just got my first harvest (five beans!) this past year.
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9) From: bbyford
Thanks for the elevation info Matt;)
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12) From: Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee
Hi Paul - can you send some pictures of your plants? Or put them on 
the forum? Let me know...
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13) From: Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee
They can definitely handle removing half the leaves. I think that 
will be a very safe way to go. I agree, it is hard to compare them to 
trees outdoors on a farm. They are not really on the same cycle. I 
cut my back at a time during which they have ideal conditions to grow 
more and produce more leaves rapidly (or perhaps just before that 
time. Mine DO produce new nodes/leaves/branches direct from the stem 
but that will depend on the age of the plant and other factors...
By the way, coffee loves worm compost. You can also put worm castings 
by the bag if you don't have your own worm beds...
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14) From: Edward Bourgeois
I need to transplant into bigger pots. What's a good mix? I heard a
little on the sandy side.  Mine came in a small pot with a cluster of
plants together too. I kept 3 that still fit in 1 south facing window
for the winter. A friend adopted an extra. We have had such screwy and
stormy weather this summer I've kept. them in much of the time.  I
don't push them to grow fast because soon only 2 will fit in the
winter window :(  They are 4+ years old and only about 2 1/2 ft tall.
Coffee leaves are really beautiful, looking forward to their first
flowers.
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15) From: Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee
Paul - start a Growing Coffee at Home thread with pictures - I think 
lots of people would enjoy it and we can all post pictures to it.
I have actually never seen Robusta plants at a nursery. They are 
always arabica. And they tend to be cultivated by plunking 2-3 
cherries in soil, meaning 4-6 plants in a clump. I have bought coffea 
arabica plantlets at good local nurseries, Lowes, Home Depot, even 
Ikea! sometimes mislabeled or not identified at all. Anyway, I prefer 
to grow the rare types I bring back from trips...
Tom
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16) From: bbyford
I see. I always thought the higher the elevation the better quality the bean and I'd like to eventually roast a lb of homegrown (coffee) ;). 
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18) From: sci
Is it possible to germinate and sprout the green beans we buy from Sweet
Maria's?
I can try, but if it can't be done, I won't bother. I'd like to grow a few
plants and don't know where I can find seedlings.
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19) From: Jim Gundlach
Nope, once the fruit meat is removed and the seeds cleaned up for roasting they just don't germinate, you can consider them dead seeds.  Tom did make some plantable seeds available a few years ago and I got a few but I was just not a good enough plant caring person to make the sprouts survive.
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20) From: Dennis Parham
Chiming in! lol I have 4 Kona trees ( bought from hawaii as seedlings ) the=
y are about 1ft tall now planted here in my South Florida home under 3 bana=
na trees and Eureka Palms for a shady environment… so far they look great=
 but not really sure how to prune either… a friend of mine from Central A=
merica said they would grow 3 trees a foot apart and let them grow together=
 like one tree…. anyone hear of that?
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21) From: bbyford
I googled a couple of places last night that would ship little 5 inch potted coffea arabica's. They were about 4.69 and 5.99 shipping. There was another place that had konas for like 8.99 and 1.80 shipping.
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22) From: Dennis Parham
Ill got mine from Amazon… it was 4 or 5 little seedlings about 4" tall I =
had to separate them and plant….When arriving I left in pot their shippin=
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23) From: Edward Bourgeois
For those who have to move the plants indoors for the winter what
varietal stays the smallest and most compact?
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24) From: Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee
I will make seeds available again. Maybe after my Sumatra trip in a 
few weeks. Or maybe after my Ethiopia trip in October. Something 
really interesting, from a specific farm or a specific cultivar.
Ed - not sure which is most compact, They all tend to have dwarfism 
from being in pots. The only one this is very rangy and not compact 
at all is Typica.
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25) From: Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee
Sometimes, but not often. Once it is dried below 25% moisture it is 
rarely viable. And green coffee for roasting is 10% to 12% moisture, 
basically.
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26) From: Edward Bourgeois
They don't seem to need much light to look ok. And sunburn stress
easy. I keep mine kinda shade grown with little direct light. Trying
to slow down their size. I think I'll try pruning too but should
probably wait to next mid-spring.
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27) From: Peter Louton
Well I know that I'd like to purchase some coffee plants.  Maybe I'll have  
more luck than I had with my avocados.  15 years and 10 ft tall and 3 inch  
diameter trunk and no flowers.  It accidentally succumbed to frost a few  
years ago when I forgot to cover it.  Oh well it got quite heavy and  
unwieldy so having something of 4 or 5 feet tall would be nice.
Peter
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