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Growing coffee trees?

Postby jmc on Thu May 04, 2006 11:38 am

Is anyone here growing any coffee trees? I have a bunch of little Caturra plants (From our Tres Santos project actually.)and have been corresponding with some of our growing partners as to how to properly care for them, but I was wondering if any gringos had successfully grown coffee?
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Postby Jason Haeger on Thu May 04, 2006 11:49 am

I'm pretty sure that Tom (of sweetmarias) is growing a tree.

I've thought about it, but I'm not quite sure how to go about doing that. I'm about positive that a processed seed isn't able to sprout.
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Postby jmc on Thu May 04, 2006 11:53 am

I haven't done it, but green (processed) coffee is still a living seed. You should be able to get some of them to sprout, but it would be much harder and less likely than working with some cherries or pulped cherries. (I think that is what I started with.)
I'm checking out the equipment to build a little Intelli nursery here, in 6 years or so, we'll have our first 8lb Chicago microlot!
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Postby Alistair Durie on Thu May 04, 2006 12:09 pm

the m.i.a. aaron de lazzer a.k.a. the coffee missionary tends to a tree that he has said produced 30 red cherries this year in vancouver.

he may be too busy constructing his washing station to sign in.
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Postby Peter G on Thu May 04, 2006 12:10 pm

CCCite daryn has a blog dedicated to his growing a coffee tree. It's called "Quest for Coffee"

check it: http://questforcoffee.blogspot.com/

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Postby onocoffee on Thu May 04, 2006 1:03 pm

alistair wrote: the coffee missionary tends to a tree that he has said produced 30 red cherries this year in vancouver.



That sounds like an excellent reason to purchase a Penagos wet mill!

The Eco Line 400 would be a nice addition.
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Postby Mike Paras on Thu May 04, 2006 1:11 pm

There is a coffee tree in the cupping room in the cupping room in the Superior Coffee plant Chicago (not sure what variety of plant).
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Postby jmc on Thu May 04, 2006 1:22 pm

Peter G wrote:CCCite daryn has a blog dedicated to his growing a coffee tree. It's called "Quest for Coffee"

check it: http://questforcoffee.blogspot.com/

pg

That is a nice looking tree! I had heard about this blog but never seen it...
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Postby Jim Saborio on Thu May 04, 2006 3:29 pm

I planted some processed Sweet Maria's about six years ago when I was living in West Virginia. Two of the six sprouted and died shortly thereafter.

Appalachia Monongalia SLG Finca Maple St.

Much better growing conditions than Chicago. My investors were bummed.
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Postby Jason Haeger on Thu May 04, 2006 8:12 pm

that's pretty damn cool!

I'll have to give this a shot, then..

hrmm.. which coffee to plant..
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Postby James Hoffmann on Fri May 05, 2006 12:03 am

I've just planted an R11 I picked up in Nairobi, two days out of the cherry should be fresh enough I hope?

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Postby Munali on Fri May 05, 2006 12:52 am

We do trials from green beans and they do germinate fine. I would think getting conditions right would be mainproblem growing them inside. Good soil, enough sun and water. And they will need fertilizers to keep going. I saw two meters high tree in hospital in Finland which did produce coffee and I am sure that did get minimum attention. As soon as they get past that first state they should be fine.

I can ask more detailed advise grom our coffee manager.
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Postby Jason Haeger on Fri May 05, 2006 1:13 pm

This is an interesting topic..

I've suddenly really gotten curious about agriculture.

Any info for sprouting green coffee is much appreciated.
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Postby Robert Goble on Fri May 05, 2006 1:16 pm

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4 years and still growing!!!!!
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Postby kim on Sat May 06, 2006 6:32 pm

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Postby homelessroaster on Sat May 06, 2006 9:31 pm

where'd you guys get the hot table?

i could stand a sheep on that table and sell it at auction. hell yeah, freak that table out.

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Postby JavaJ on Sun May 07, 2006 11:06 pm

Dasein wrote:4 years and still growing!!!!!


Aw, man....I tried like seven times to grow a tree. They kept dying. I was using PNG/JBM seeds. In those days, we lived in SF Richmond district. Foggy most days of the week. Damn tropical plants couldn't take it.

-J. the green thumb (of death)

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Postby JavaJ on Wed May 10, 2006 10:41 pm


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Postby kim on Thu May 11, 2006 3:32 am

JavaJ wrote:Of course if you are lazy...

http://www.overstock.com/?page=proframe&prod_id=1704117



Look out COE, we're ordering like 3 of these...
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Postby JavaJ on Fri May 12, 2006 2:34 am

Well, at least if there was a Virginia COE, you'd win by default!

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Postby nick on Fri May 12, 2006 4:43 am

JavaJ wrote:Well, at least if there was a Virginia COE, you'd win by default!

Don't be so sure.

We have an arabica plant growing in our shop.... from a sprout we got from Home Depot last fall.

I'll be calling to invite Duane, Andrew Barnett, and PeterG to cup our 2011 Virginia CoE on the international jury.

Presidential Cup... holla.
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Postby tim on Sat May 19, 2007 12:57 pm

I just planted 6 seeds of yellow bourbon, which I was able to take from Fazenda Santa Alina, Brazil, and 6 seeds of yellow icatucai from Fazenda Barreiro. Theyy were planted yesterday, so I will let you know if the coffee seeds grows up to be coffee trees.
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Postby Brett Hanson on Sat May 19, 2007 4:29 pm

Is this question answered somewhere that I'm missing?

I have a handful of trees at my desk, each in their own clay pot with potting soil. The only thing I add is water. They aren't dying, but they're not taking off either (4" tall). I've kept them alive for a year now (somewhat of a record for me; only my hopvine at home has done better and that is pretty much a weed) and only provided the trees with some diffuse west-facing light and water. I'd like to keep mine organic (mostly out of lazy-ness), but I'd be willing to put out a little more effort if it would mean some serious growth.

Daryn- have you assembled a how-to somewhere?

With what does one fertilize a coffee tree?

All I'm finding online is vague references of what to do. Or in-depth resources for folks who want to start up fazenda-size growing operations.

http://www.thegardenhelper.com/coffee.html

http://www.longbottomcoffee.com/CTU43.c ... 67947P374&

http://www.associatedcontent.com/pop_pr ... _id=218297
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Postby JaanusSavisto on Sat May 19, 2007 5:31 pm

i think i have some catuai-bushes growing....appears that i have several stems growing out of one pot... should i pull them separate and start growing them as separate plan
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Postby tim on Sun May 20, 2007 5:30 am

I am in the same situation where I have killed some trees by trying to separate them. I also had a tree for a year without seeing any development. I think using a mixture of compost, dirt and gravel to make a better drainable soil for the tree. Also having too big a pot for the plant is no good. The pot also needs to be with holes in the bottom so that the water easily drains out.
Keep the plant in a filtered sunlight (window) and I suspect it will grow better. It also needs fertilizer every 2-4 weeks.

I am no expert, but thse are the tips I got in Brazil recently.

Good luck.
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