The coffee plant is a delightful way to pay homage to your favorite morning beverage—it’s the same plant that produces coffee beans! Plus, the coffee plant’s gleaming leaves and dense, bushy, upright structure make it a lovely accent to any area. This plant is native to Ethiopia and is one of the world’s most important agricultural crops, as well as a low-maintenance houseplant. However, there are certain (green) thumb coffee plant care guidelines you should follow to get the greatest outcomes from your new plant baby.
What kind of light does my coffee plant need?
Your coffee plant, like other tropical houseplants, requires bright, indirect light. They can tolerate some direct sunlight, but too much will scorch their leaves. Marino recommends moving your coffee plant a few feet away from any window that gets a lot of direct sunlight or using a sheer curtain to absorb the light during the warmest portions of the day. If you want to keep it bushy, you can clip it as it grows.
How often should I water my coffee plant?
Water coffee plants every 1 to 2 weeks, letting the potting mix dry halfway between waterings. According to Marino, you should water more frequently in brighter light and less frequently in lower light. Before giving it a drink, always put your finger into the soil to check the moisture level. Also, check to see if your plant’s container has drainage holes, and then empty any extra water into the saucer. You’re probably overwatering if you see yellowing leaves with a mushy base. You may not be watering your plants enough if they wilt and curl.
Can you put the coffee plant outdoors during summer?
If you want to give your coffee plant a summer vacation outside, go ahead and do so as long as the temperature is regularly above 65 degrees F. Then, to get it used to the sun, keep it in the shade at first. You may gradually transfer it into the light after approximately two weeks in the shade. But, especially in the summer, don’t allow the pot to dry up too much, and make sure it’s situated somewhere where the wind won’t blow it over. Bring it back inside before the fall temps drop.
What will I get from my coffee plant, coffee beans or berries?
Unfortunately, no! When planted as a houseplant, your coffee plant is unlikely to produce berries, according to Marino. When it’s more mature, it may produce a few fragrant white blooms in the spring to early summer.
Are pets harmed by coffee plants?
Coffee plants, unfortunately, contain caffeine and other compounds that are hazardous to pets. Place your coffee plant out of reach of your pet if you have a nibbler (or aren’t sure whether your pet loves to eat houseplants!). If you believe your pet has eaten it, contact your veterinarian immediately.