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    Question on Growing Coffee Trees

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    As I live in Brisbane I have been contemplating about growing some coffee trees for some time now.
    I have prepared a garden bed of approximately 1.5 mt X 5 mt sheltered next to corner fence line and gets morning sun until 2 to 3 pm

    I am looking at these 2 varieties below. (Information found on the internet)
    However I am leaning towards the Catui as it will grow as a shrub and is originally from South America I believe it is an Arabica variety
    They are available in Australia to buy as seed or plant

    Dwarf Coffee Tree - Catui
    A dwarf coffee tree suitable for handpicking, prolific cropper of quality beans.
    Makes an ideal plant for growing in a pot as an ornamental

    Coffee K7
    Resistant to both Berry Disease and Coffee Rust this tree was developed and recommended for growing in the Northern Rivers Area by NSW Agriculture Department after extensive trials at Alstonville NSW. An open spreading variety, it is a reliable cropper, producing large flavour-filled beans.
    :-/
    I canít find information on planting distance between trees to judge how many plants I can fit in the garden bed
    Thoughts and comments appreciated *;)
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    Re: Question on Growing Coffee Trees

    My two are currently only 2 feet apart and after a year or so it seems to be too close.
    They are a couple of feet high now and their leaves are beginning to touch.

    The stems are still quite thin, less than a cm in thickness.

    I think come spring I might try moving them.

    Have you tried ringing the NSW Ag. Dept?

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    Re: Question on Growing Coffee Trees

    I have been given a phone number of a grower somewhere in or near Murwillumbah
    They also sell plants
    Might give them a call next week and ask what soil is preferred by coffee trees and ask how far apart to plant as well

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    Re: Question on Growing Coffee Trees

    Trees are spaced between 0.75m and 1.0 m apart within the rows and 3.0 to 4.0 m apart between the rows (depending on the cultivar and climate).

    This is the spec for machine harvesting from a NSW DPI publication.

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    Re: Question on Growing Coffee Trees

    I dont think I need a machine for harvesting so Ill wait for KK to come back with the results of his queries.

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    Re: Question on Growing Coffee Trees

    The K7 variety is more for farming and suitable for machinery harvesting

    The Catui variety is more like a small bush growing 1 to 1.5 mt high and suitable for small gardens and pots

    Some people have used the Catui as hedge bushes

    I also came across this Australian forum of Q&A by accident
    http://www.daleysfruit.com.au/forum/coffee/

    Its like coffee snobs but about coffee trees plus stacks of other useful information if you take the time to navigate and read

    There is a funny video on first coffee crop made into espresso coffee

    Thanks gadget for the NSW DPI lead

    Will call the farm during the week and get back to you
    In the meantime read that info from the link above

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    Below is a quote from the Daleys Nursery forum regarding preparation after harvesting the beans. A bit of work involved.

    Hi,

    Weve moved to a property that has 30 coffee plants and we have started harvesting and processing them.

    We pop them out of the red outer layer within 24 hours of picking. They are then soaked in water for up to 48 hours to ferment. The slippery beans will get a grainy coating. When they feel grainy, wash them out a few times and put in the sun in a thin layer to start the drying process. After a few days (depending where you live), 5-30 days (it doesnt take long here on the Sunshine Coast) the husks will start to split - they will then come away easily and reveal the little inner bean, they expand when they are roasted. This will have a papery covering, which you dont need to remove, it will not affect the coffee.

    Leave these to dry in the sun. They are ready to be roasted when you can bite into them and dont leave a dent.

    They are then ready for roasting in your kitchen oven. 200 -230 degrees until they are all the same colour - you can vary the depth, but keep an eye on them. Could take as little as 20 minutes to roast a thin layer but will take longer if you have a thicker layer - up to an inch. Give them a stir during the roasting process to roast then evenly.

    We then grind them in a mortar and pestle. The ground coffee can be stored in the fridge, or the unroasted bean can be stored in airtight jars ready for roasting.

    The DPI have more detailed info on how to process coffee at home - it tastes great and its nice to know you have grown it.

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    Re: Question on Growing Coffee Trees

    All that work and then they go and mess it up by grinding it with a mortar and pestle then store it in the fridge.

    What a pity! :(

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    All that work and then they go and mess it up by grinding it with a mortar and pestle then store it in the fridge.
    ::) ;D

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    Re: Question on Growing Coffee Trees

    Peeling, fermenting the beans; drying them = lots of work

    Im going to stick to buying them green and roasting my own which is already alot of work

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    Re: Question on Growing Coffee Trees

    "Peeling" is a bit of an exaggeration. You just squeeze one end and the seed shoots into the bucket. Takes maybe 2 second per bean. QLD DPI also covers coffee processing at home. http://www2.dpi.qld.gov.au/horticulture/5471.html

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    Re: Question on Growing Coffee Trees

    Quote Originally Posted by Al_Cappuccino link=1214659531/0#9 date=1214793245
    Peeling, fermenting the beans; drying them = lots of work
    Or you could just eat them and then... Oh, never mind.

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    Re: Question on Growing Coffee Trees

    Quote Originally Posted by Thundergod link=1214659531/0#4 date=1214745347
    I dont think I need a machine for harvesting so Ill wait for KK to come back with the results of his queries.
    Yes I was wondering whether you might plant them .75m apart and use the harvester on one side only, or plant them at 3m and bore up the middle.

    I keep mine indoors in pots, so I could vary the harvesting procedure from year to year! (after taking pots outside of course)

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    Re: Question on Growing Coffee Trees

    I had a laugh

    I have one growing on my balcony that I got off evilbay.
    It is doing well - but Melbourne is not known for its coffee plantations

    Any idea how many years before I might get enough beans to make 1 espresso?

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    Re: Question on Growing Coffee Trees

    Ive read about one in a pot cropping after 2 years.

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    Re: Question on Growing Coffee Trees

    After taking lots of cuttings of a neighbours mulberry tree when nobody was looking (their fruit was very tasty) I am now getting worried they will not root. So I went to gardenworld on the weekend to try and buy one. Sadly they didnt ahve any, but I did see some coffee plants. they were desceibved just as arabica, about 1.5 ft tall. I was tempted, but I didnt have any idea if you could get any fruit in melbourne. Also they described them as ornamental - dont know if that means they are not really intended to use?

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    Re: Question on Growing Coffee Trees

    Just another coffee experiment ;) - I assume they would be ok, i.e. not poison you - but maybe not so great to drink

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    Re: Question on Growing Coffee Trees

    Mulberry trees grow like weeds around here. Every year theres new volunteers coming up and if they once get established theyre next to impossible to kill. I have several that I have been cutting back to ground level for over a decade now and yet they still survive!

    Were at the peak of Mulberry fruiting here right now. I have a good sized tree (the only one Ive let grow undisturbed over the years) that hangs over the roof of my basement addition. *Every year the Mulberry keeps me jumping for 2 weeks. It starts off with just an occasional *tap* on the roof that sounds like a cat or dog jumping up onto the roof. Thats not too bad as I dont worry about small critters up there. But then in a day or two theyll start dropping several all at once. Which sounds just like a person has jumped up onto my roof! Causing me to start and listen intently for any further footsteps. Relaxing again only after no further sounds for several seconds. Then comes the peak of fruiting. Lots and lots of big fat juicy mulberrys hanging on the branches and me sitting relaxed in the quietness of the basement addition absorbed in a book or web page Im visiting. Then along comes a gust of wind. Next thing you know Im rubbing my head and eying the new dent in my ceiling as hundreds of berries all come crashing down onto my roof and sounding like theres a dozen people up on my roof madly chasing each other all over it!!

    Apparently there arent very many other fruiting trees around here as every year theres a major bird and squirrel convention in my backyard when the mulberrys ripen. Even with the hundreds of critters eating all the berries they can stuff into themselves theres still many thousands that end up on my roof and the ground. At the peak of the season theyll completely cover the roof under the tree. The roof has long ago been permanently stained purple from them. The end of the season brings the real entertainment. Watching all the squirrels and birds try to run/fly around while drunk! I had a laugh The berries will ferment while sitting on the ground and the animals will get drunk from eating them. giggled like a schoolgirl It can be quite entertaining to watch! Almost worth the previous two weeks of jumping out of my skin! ;D ;D ;D


    If youre having problems with them taking root try using some root growth hormone. Alternatively you could also try soaking the ends of the cuttings in a jar of water until you get a healthy root system growing. :)



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    Re: Question on Growing Coffee Trees

    very funny! If only I could get one going here. I have potted 3 with rooting mix, and another 3 are in water. Something should survive hopefully.

    ben_s - that is what I was thinking. I wasnt sure I wanted to put lots of effort into something if there were better non-ornamental ones.

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    Re: Question on Growing Coffee Trees

    Ellew!

    Ive been growing K7s here at home (Central Qld) for a couple of years.. unfortunately the dogs pulled most out and Ive only got 2 trees left now, one of which is about 5ft, the other about 4ft high, each maybe 3ft in diameter.

    The only arabica trees that Ive seen for sale in my region (at a nursery anyway) are K7s.. so it may be that theyre more suited to our weather, i dunno, however as it was pointed out the Dayleys site has bulk info on the varietals they stock, and you could always just ring them anyway.

    Im currently processing my cherries at the moment, Ive only got about 150 - 200 grams so far, half of which is dry enough to roast.. drying is the biggest pain for me, they just dont seem to be getting dry enough.. I read that a lot of commercial growers finalise the drying in mechanical dryers, at 40C for 6 hours.. so I put mine in the oven at 40C for about 2hrs.. not sure if it made a difference.. Im way too lazy to put them in there for 6hrs!!

    Anyway, its a bit of fun..

    Another thing, the soil is so important! I have heavy clay, with next to no drainage, so if we get more than 3 or 4 days of non stop rain, almost all of the cheries tend to split and are ruined. So yeah, if your soil is crap like mine build it up a bit to help maybe.

    The flowers smell beautiful, sort of a cross between night jasmin and frangipani, but its a shame because they only last a few days really..

    Anyway have fun!
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    Re: Question on Growing Coffee Trees

    It took a while to contact this fellow and he was not to talkative
    But I sweet talked him to give me basic info
    The variety he grows is K7 Arabica
    They grow to 8 mt high and spread 3 mt wide
    Require good drainage and sheltered position
    Will not tolerate frost

    He said he has heard of the Catui and its mostly grown in South America
    And itís a short plant and would suit home gardens or pots

    He recommended a nursery
    (C.A.P.E. nursery) but they may not sell to the public?

    So I will follow up by contacting CAPE when time permits to find out about the Catui variety

    I will Post again with update

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    Re: Question on Growing Coffee Trees

    Quote Originally Posted by damian1 link=1214659531/0#15 date=1214819529
    After taking lots of cuttings of a neighbours mulberry tree when nobody was looking (their fruit was very tasty) I am now getting worried they will not root. *So I went to gardenworld on the weekend to try and buy one. *Sadly they didnt ahve any, but I did see some coffee plants. *they were desceibved just as arabica, about 1.5 ft tall. *I was tempted, but I didnt have any idea if you could get any fruit in melbourne. *Also they described them as ornamental - dont know if that means they are not really intended to use?
    Coffee trees also make great indoor ornamental/foliage plants because of their nice green glossy leaves. They are still first and foremost coffee trees they just have a variety of uses though I wouldnt expect theyd crop as well indoors unless they get a very well lit area and you rotate the plant every few months to get even light on the tree.

    Also do a search there are a few threads on this topic already with some good info.

    Im just in the middle of drying my first lot of beans I havent got many in this crop maybe 100 grams though i moved the tree 3 times so its probably not all that impressed with me though ive given it heaps of compost and chicken poop so next crop should be good.

    Shame about all your plants being ruined Rolley you would have got a heap this year.

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    Re: Question on Growing Coffee Trees

    How do you shelter a 8m high tree?

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    Re: Question on Growing Coffee Trees

    Quote Originally Posted by Thundergod link=1214659531/20#22 date=1214834738
    How do you shelter a 8m high tree?
    Wind breaks in a farm situation

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    Another alternative for rooting cuttings is Perlite. Cut the stem of the cutting at a sharp angle (about 30 degrees) so theres a nice large surface area of the interior of the stem showing. Using a small pot (Smaller is better in this case! Standard seedling trays work nicely for most plants.)) with plenty of holes in the bottom fill it with Perlite. Put it on a water tight dish and using a liquid fertilizer/hydroponics solution whose composition is appropriate for the plant being grown pour it over the Perlite until it is completely saturated and all of its parts have been well soaked. This is a critical step as the Perlite wont wick up the solution from the dish if it is dry! Dip the stems of the cuttings in a dry root growth hormone (Ive used Rootone in the past with good results.) and stick them (one per container) into the Perlite. Keep the bottom dish filled with an appropriate liquid fertilizer and once the roots start growing out of the holes in the bottom of the pot transfer them to their permanent home. :)


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    Re: Question on Growing Coffee Trees

    Isnt Mt Tamborine a 45 minute drive south of Brisvegas? All problems solved.

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    Re: Question on Growing Coffee Trees

    Thanks Javaphile. Ill see if anything happens with this round of cuttings, and if nothing, I will visit my neighbours again and give your suggestion a go.

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    Re: Question on Growing Coffee Trees

    Home work completed and update

    I contacted CAPE Nursery and spoke to a very nice fellow called John Zentveld
    He was a pleasure to talk to and was a wealth of information
    He advised me that the K 7 variety is the best for Australian conditions

    He also said that they will ship small potted trees all over Australia (2008 price)
    At a cost of $3.50 each plus transport (not sure about GST forgot to ask)

    Now here are the growing tips for Coffee Trees
    For home! Grow the coffee trees as a hedge and cut them down to your desired level
    Planting time is October for Australia
    Plant the coffee trees a minimum 800 mm apart and 800 mm is also the optimum
    Sunny sheltered position (they donít like frost)

    The above growing tips also apply for machine harvesting on farms that cut and hedge the coffee trees

    But for hand harvesting in farm or home conditions without hedging you should space plants at a minimum of 2 mt
    CAPE has a web site to peruse if you so wish

    Have also found
    Further Reading from government site
    Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation

    http://www.rirdc.gov.au/pub/handbook/coffee.html

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    Interesting. From the link at the bottom of KKs post

    Only 200 t of green bean were produced in Australia in 1996, compared with the 49,000 t of green bean we imported.

    Sounds like an opportunity a lot better than ostrich farms or pine plantations.

    as far as I know, coffee is a tropical plant . Given that the coffee growing region is NSW northern rivers to Queeensland, how would they grow in southern areas. As an orchid grower I know that one of the problems with growing tropical plants in temperate areas is not just the temperature but the day length (diurnal period). They look to be a good plant to grow as an ornamental as well.

    Is the coffee aroma/flavour arrived it by the roasting/blending method or does growing conditions also play a part (as it does for grapes)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by flynnaus link=1214659531/20#28 date=1215064114

    Is the coffee aroma/flavour arrived it by the roasting/blending method or does growing conditions also play a part (as it does for grapes)?
    Not talking from any experience, but reading Espresso Quest which I bought off Bean Bay, which uses Mountain Top Estate as a case study, there seems to be a real trend in coffee as there is in grapesthat the growing conditions impact flavour.

    They do all sort of experiments wrt water consumption etc. Interesting stuff

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    Re: Question on Growing Coffee Trees

    Id love to have a go at this, but I just dont think Id have much success in this cold here in Melbourne :(

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    Quote Originally Posted by Emediate link=1214659531/20#30 date=1215072988
    Id love to have a go at this, but I just dont think Id have much success in this cold here in Melbourne :(
    They will grow, and flower and fruit in Melbourne....so long as you keep them away from frost

    I have two plants 8-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ben_S link=1214659531/20#29 date=1215064475
    Not talking from any experience, but reading Espresso Quest which I bought off Bean Bay, *which uses Mountain Top Estate as a case study, there seems to be a real trend in coffee as there is in grapesthat the growing conditions impact flavour.

    They do all sort of experiments wrt water consumption etc. Interesting stuff
    Thanks. I also have the sense that, although coffee likes tropical climates, it seems to be grown at altitude - "Mountain Top" estate. I know the PNG stuff is grown in highland areas. I wonder if the warm days/ cool nights is another factor in successful coffee growing

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    Re: Question on Growing Coffee Trees

    So KK,

    Where did you end up buying your plants from? I am also in Brisbane and thinking about throwing a couple of plants in for fun.

    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhilMac link=1214659531/20#33 date=1218631928
    So KK,

    Where did you end up buying your plants from? I am also in Brisbane and thinking about throwing a couple of plants in for fun.

    Cheers

    I am waiting for Spring and will get them from CAPE nursery
    May even make a day of it and drive to Byron Bay (if time permits)


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    Quote Originally Posted by 2muchcoffeeman link=1214659531/20#31 date=1215073359
    They will grow, and flower and fruit in Melbourne....so long as you keep them away from frost

    I have two plants 8-)
    And how was the coffee?

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    Re: Question on Growing Coffee Trees

    I also have 2 plants but they are a few years away yet from a crop.

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    Re: Question on Growing Coffee Trees

    I also have a little tree. You can see it in this thread.
    http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1218451595/18#18

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    Re: Question on Growing Coffee Trees

    Hey KK,
    Bean thinkinging about growing for a little while now.
    sorry that joke was terrible ;D

    and thought seeing as planting is best in Spring, now is the time to start thinking about it again.

    Just wondering how you went with your plant purchase? Did it eventuate?
    and did you end up getting Dwarf Catui or the K7 veriety?

    I have a perfect spot for *a few Dwarf Catui, but a K7 probly wouldnt fit there.
    Hows your crop going? Id imagine youd have just had your first harvest or will be next season.

    Thanks heaps!
    Kotaro :)

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    Re: Question on Growing Coffee Trees

    Another CSer was kind enough to give me some plants he raised from seed

    They are now 200mm tall

    With the K7 they were developed by the CSIRO to be disease free
    Regular pruning will keep them in check

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    Re: Question on Growing Coffee Trees

    awesome!
    Maybe I should speak to an expert on the subject like someone from C.A.P.E, but you dont think that over pruning (i.e to keep it at about 1500mm tall) will effect the plants fruitfullness? (obviously a ~1m tree is going to produce a lot less fruit than an ~8m tree but Id like to think that Id still have a healthy plant and if pruning the k7 ALOT is going to effect that, then Id prefer to go with the dwarf :)

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    Re: Question on Growing Coffee Trees

    Just keep in mind that they are 2 different cultivars
    Only the K7 is Robusta

    Someone more experienced than me may be able to answer this
    Pruning should not harm the plant and may enhance fruiting berries

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    Re: Question on Growing Coffee Trees

    Quote Originally Posted by 2B0F060605053F2B0F130D0F600 link=1214659531/41#41 date=1283060464
    Just keep in mind that they are 2 different cultivars
    Only the K7 is Robusta
    Sorry I meant to say Arabica

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    Re: Question on Growing Coffee Trees

    Yea thanks heaps!
    Just gave my green-thumb-mum a call and she seems to think i should be fine getting the K7 and pruning.
    Ill give CAPE a call in the morning and make some more enquiries.
    :)
    thanks for your help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 734F5249434255404843270 link=1214659531/36#36 date=1218679330
    I also have 2 plants but they are a few years away yet from a crop.
    I was right.
    First crop a few months ago and a few went red but the majority should as the weather warms up.

    Pruning should be fine kotaro.
    If you google you should find some info on it.
    I seem to recall that some plantations do it on a rotating basis so that not all their plants are recovering from pruning at the same time.
    In the long run though its good for them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4C706D767C7D6A7F777C180 link=1214659531/44#44 date=1283070187
    I was right.
    First crop a few months ago and a few went red but the majority should as the weather warms up.
    How exciting!! *:) :)

    Quote Originally Posted by 4C706D767C7D6A7F777C180 link=1214659531/44#44 date=1283070187
    Pruning should be fine kotaro.
    If you google you should find some info on it.
    I seem to recall that some plantations do it on a rotating basis so that not all their plants are recovering from pruning at the same time.
    In the long run though its good for them.
    Yeh - Ive been googling all afternoon *8-) haha and following a short chat with the guys at CAPE tomorrow morning I think I should have a few K7 plants on the way :) :D

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    Re: Question on Growing Coffee Trees

    Just called CAPE and the lovely lady that answered the phone had lots of usefull suggestions for me.
    I think Im going to go with the dwarf veriety as apparently it is more suited to cooler environments than the K7, not to mention the size restraints I have, and apparently disease and rust is easy to prevent/controll and that I shouldnt really be worried about it anyway.

    :)

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    Just bought 6 of those babies :)
    at $5 each, they are less than 40% the price of daleys fruit online store that I was also looking at, and just from the way they talked about their product and were willing to help with any of my questions, Ill be very happy to recieve their product.
    cant wait :)

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    Let me know if they include any growing hints and tips.
    Im interested in when to fertilise the trees.

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    Re: Question on Growing Coffee Trees

    Behmor Brazen - $249 - Free Freight
    Keep us all in touch with how the Dwarf Catui go, was thinking of trying to grow some of these myself in the some pots in our hopefully new backyard in melbourne. If they are more suited to colder climates hopefully these may hold up in melbourne. I had a lot of trouble finding how these perform in the australian enviroment.



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