[Homeroast] Pruning an indoor coffee plant

Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee sweetmarias at sweetmarias.com
Wed Sep 7 18:00:18 CDT 2011


Hi Paul - can you send some pictures of your plants? Or put them on 
the forum? Let me know...

>>Usually when they sell arabica, it is multiple plants. So thats why 
>>I believe you have multiple trunks. Robusta is not multi trunked 
>>-nor is any coffee plant really, unless badly grown.
>
>Hmmmm... I found several references to the fact that Robusta has 
>multiple stems like a bush.  Arabica was depicted as a tree.  So I 
>may indeed have Arabica?  That would explain why they flower and 
>bear fruit with (assumably) no other coffee plants around.  Unless 
>they are boyfriend/girlfriend......
>
>>They love to be hacked back, but to the point they can recover. 
>>Don't cut them too low to the soil. Maybe to 18", leaving some leaf 
>>and secondary branch
>
>That's the problem... there are no secondary branches low to the 
>soil.  I was thinking of leaving one stalk untouched and cutting the 
>others back, then the next year cutting the remaining stalk.... 
>kinda like the bending over technique I saw on the net.  Will they 
>send out new growth from old nodes that no longer have living 
>branches?
>
>>On a farm they start right after harvest, and that would be as the 
>>plant heads into a more dormant season. Not sure why they do that...
>
>I saw references to pruning before the buds were set, which happens 
>in the spring.... I think.  But these are indoor/outdoor plants that 
>might not be on the same schedule as farm plants.
>
>Paul
>
>
>Paul Goelz
>Rochester Hills, Michigan USA
>pgoelz at comcast.net
>www.pgoelz.com
>
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-Tom
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