How to care for a Coffea Arabica plantThe coffee plant is a plant that makes you want to get out of bed in the morning. It brings out the Barista in us! Arabica coffee beans account for almost 75 percent of global coffee consumption but there are about 60 subspecies of Arabica!
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- Once every two years
- Light air purifier
- Bright, no direct sunlight
- Once per month (summer)
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Legend has it, that about 500 years ago, this plant was the root cause of some unrest in a monastery out of Ethiopia. Some goats had caused quite a stir after eating some of the beans from this plant. They were full of energy and the local population took note. The owners of the monastery started making pulp out of the beans and started cooking them in water. The amazing aromas that emanated got everyone hooked on....coffee!
Not the best in class when it comes to air purifying. Makes sense when you've got all those beans to take care of!
The Coffea Arabica leaves and stems are toxic to pets and kids
Coffea Arabica plants do not use that much water. Keep the soil slightly moist at all times and you should be good to go. Water little bits at a time instead of a big splash all at once.
The Coffea Arabica loves a spot that is very bright. Just make sure to keep it away from direct sunlight. Warm works best for this plant! And be careful with drafts! It hates that!
In the summer months you will find your Arabica growing the fastest. If you want to help it along you're best off to give some fertilizer in these months - try every other watering. Make sure to refrain from doing so in winter as your plant is in hibernation mode. ZzzzZzzzZz
Just like most other plants, the Coffea Arabica is best re-potted about once every two years. Make sure to pick a pot that is at least 20% bigger.
Pruning isn't really necessary with this plant. Although it can grow a little out of control, if you want to cut itvback you can prune it wherever you want. The coffee plant can grow to about 2 or 3 metres high at home!
Generally speaking, you won't find diseases on this plant that easily. It is a little more sensitive to drafts than most other plants so make sure to keep it in a warm spot that is not prone to getting drafts. If you see brown leaves, it may be that the plant is having trouble with the dry air in your home. Spritz the leaves of the plant during the dry months. Brown tips on the leaves are usually a sign of over-watering.