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    Hi all,
    I recently read online that it is possible to grow a coffee plant from the processed green beans. It does seem quite difficult to do because it takes several months to get a seedling. Ive tried sprouting a few beans, but they always end up moldy after a few days. I was wondering if anyone on here has tried this and if they had any luck getting a seedling to grow. It would be good to get some tips on how to keep them wet but not too wet for the months it takes to get the seedling to grow.


  • #2
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    Pretty sure that imported green beans can not be encouraged to germinate, due to the irradiation they receive after arriving on our shores. This kills the germ within without affecting the rest of the bean....

    Coffee plant seedlings can be obtained from some nurseries though and Im sure Ive read somewhere in CS where a couple of these are located. Someone will probably pipe up here sooner or later with some info, or you could do a search using the Search Tool above or the Quick Search bar in the top L.H. corner of the page.

    All the best....

    Mal.

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    • #3
      Re: Growing coffee

      Daleys in Kyogle sells seedlings. They have a few varietals available.

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      • #4
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        This question is due to ignorance on my part, but are Coffee trees not grafted onto root stock that is disease resistant etc, rather than grown directly from seed, much like Grape vines, citrus etc?, and if grown from seed do you get the same as tree or the same as the root stock?

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        • #5
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          I dont know how to grow from seed, but if you did it would be an offshoot from the upper producing plant, not what ever the variety of root base is.

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          • #6
            Re: Growing coffee

            there is a plant nursery in QLD that sells seedlings and small plants
            cant remember ther name(not enough coffee)

            we dealt with them a couple of years ago and purchased online

            you cant grow from the processed bean,
            you can grow from the seed or fruit

            graham

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            • #7
              Re: Growing coffee

              There is a thread on growing coffee with all sorts of good info.  I grew my seedlings from raisins and it took a very long time before they germinated and a good percentage of them rotted rather than germinating.   I just planted some out a week ago.

              http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1202128836

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              • #8
                Re: Growing coffee

                I went to Bunnings a couple of weeks ago and they had some dwarf coffee trees, so I got one and have put it into a big pot.

                You can get them online from this place and they have acouple of different trees.
                http://www.daleysfruit.com.au/fruit%20pages/coffee.htm

                I was thinking of getting another one from them later on.

                I would love to find a place that sell more mature plants, if anyone knows of any places??

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                • #9
                  Re: Growing coffee

                  I was thinking of trying to grow some more trees from the fruit of my existing ones.

                  But as I dont know the variety I think Ill buy the next few as well so i know what Im getting.

                  This years crop looks like its going to be much more abundant than last years (first crop).

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                  • #10
                    Re: Growing coffee

                    Hey idolwolf,
                    I bought my plants from a byron based  nursery (specialising in coffee) for about $5/plant.
                    the nursery is called CAPE,
                    check this thread.. http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1214659531
                    for a whole bunch of info on the nursery and fertilizing etc...
                    the people there were more than happy to answer any questions about anything I had to ask, so maybe give them a call about germination, as Im sure thats how they get the seedlings they sell.

                    I got 6 catui veriety plants inc. couriered to my place for around 45bux.  not a bad deal I reckon.  8-)

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                    • #11
                      Re: Growing coffee

                      Cool, thanks everyone. Ill check out some of these sites and save myself the months of waiting and wasted coffee!

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                      • #12
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                        P.S
                        optimum planting time is at the start of spring, to give the plants the best chance, they need to establish themselves well before the heat of summer etc..  so Id probs find out about that too. Im sure if you look after them and keep them under the right conditions, theyd be fine planting now or soon.  but Im sure theres some Horticulturalists amongst us who can probably better explain the effects and reasons for this

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                        • #13
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                          Hi, anybody can confirm that the beans here receive irradiation and will not germinate? If so, i just wasted another handful of Peru greens... and wouldnt want to spent 1 month waiting for something thats not going to happen  :P

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                            Re: Growing coffee

                            Originally posted by 2A2D272F35232821460 link=1290852136/12#12 date=1291082269
                            Hi, anybody can confirm that the beans here receive irradiation and will not germinate? If so, i just wasted another handful of Peru greens... and wouldnt want to spent 1 month waiting for something thats not going to happen  :P
                            Unless Im much mistaken, any organic matter that is imported into the country is irradiated.
                            Not sure what the procedure is for Singapore, but Id imagine it to be simmilar.
                            find someone locally with some trees and see if they will spare a few berries for you, alt. find a nursery that can sell you a seedling
                            goodluck

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                            • #15
                              Re: Growing coffee

                              Ceres in Brunswick (Melbourne) are also selling coffee plants at the moment - I picked up a Dwarf Catui from there on the weekend.

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