Family: Rubiaceae (includes Cinchona (source of quinine), and Gardenia)
Genus: Coffea (includes Coffea canephora, the ‘Robusta’ coffee)
Botanical/Binomial Name: Coffea arabica
Common Names: Arabica Coffee
Botanical Characteristics: Woody | Perennial | Evergreen | Self-Pollinating | Frost tender
Propagation: Cuttings | Seed
Dimensions of the tube are 50 mm square × 120 mm deep. The square tube shape produces beautifully straight and deep roots, which gives these young plants every advantage once planted out.
The seedling in the picture is about 150 mm tall.
This is the Arabica type, the most popular in coffee production and which accounts for about 60% of the global commercial crop. (‘Robusta’ makes up the remainder.)
These seedlings will grow into stunning bushy ornamental plants about 2–3 m high, or can be pruned to 2 m or less. They make fantastic houseplants, and if outside, do best in shadier spots.
They will fruit in 2–3 years for you to experiment making your own coffee!
Coffee is an understorey tree and likes shade or dappled light and cool temperatures. Morning sun is better than afternoon sun if they must be in a sunny spot. The leaves will scorch and the whole plant will show signs of wilting in full summer sun. They also make great houseplants near a window that doesn’t get direct sunlight, but avoid drafts.
Coffee likes a rich, fertile, slightly acidic soil with plenty of water but good drainage. They can be kept in pots, in which case a high quality regular potting mix will cover all bases. The ones with Osmocote® will feed the plants for about 6 months.
Local pick-up is welcome — we’re in Gwynneville, near Wollongong University.
Pick-up is by mutual arrangement please, as we don’t have a shopfront.
Having said that, we are always here and more often than not can easily fit in with whichever day and time suits you best!
Feel free to suggest preferred pick-up time(s) in the comments box during checkout and we’ll reply as soon as we see the notification.
Especial Note Regarding Large Air-Pot® Orders
Depending on the order, we may suggest that large Air-Pot® orders are best sent directly to you from the warehouse.
Especial Note Regarding Jujube Trees
When posting out bare-rooted jujube trees, we routinely trim them to fit the box and keep postage costs to a minimum. These trees are typically knee-high when planted out, though some may be smaller.
This of course doesn’t apply for pick-ups, and in fact we will set aside the tallest trees specifically for this purpose. These trees can often be hip-high, and sometimes taller again.
Please note that this is not a guarantee, as heights of different cultivars can differ from year to year.