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Can you harvest coffee beans from a small potted coffee plant?

Hello, I'm working on a design project for a coffee plant terrarium. I was wondering if I could produce beans from a coffee plant around 30-40 cm tall (the amount is not as important). Or make it flower, at least.
And what would an optimum terrarium need for a coffee plant? Thank you in advance for your time :)


  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 22,693
    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • pansyface said:
    Thank you! I was just wondering if they needed to reach a certain size to grow beans. I could not catch such info on this page.
  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 22,693
    Therein lies the rub of gardening.

    I have a seven metre tall walnut tree and a similar sized mulberry tree, both at least twelve years old. Neither of them has ever done me the honour of producing a single flower.

    If you want a cup of coffee from your tree, I wouldn’t hold your breath. 🙂
    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,431
    Coffee plants that I saw with beans on were around 6ft tall and 4ft wide.
  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 22,693
    That’s some terrarium. 😊
    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • philippasmith2philippasmith2 Posts: 3,490
    It's actually quite easy -look at where coffee plants grow and how the beans are produced.  Can you replicate the climate, conditions and time span?  If not, it's hardly worth your time and effort.
    You can grow "Coffee plants" but you wouldn't be doing it in a Terrarium for very long. They make nice plants ( I've grown them myself ), but much like other "exotics", you aren't going to be a coffee bean producer anytime soon.
    You don't say whether the project is simply your own idea or whether you have been set it by an educational facility - if the latter, I'd certainly query the reasoning behind it :)
  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 4,641
    edited 5 March
    Coffea arabica.
    I doubt that it can be done...unless you have a huge heated green house like Kew or the Eden project.
    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • Slow-wormSlow-worm Posts: 1,576
    @pansyface I'm sure it'll be worth the wait ! I know it can take ten years for a walnut to fruit - yours is holding on a bit isn't it? Maybe this year.. 😊
  • LynLyn Posts: 23,060
    I wonder if the design project for the terrarium will be up for sale soon. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

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