Several months ago, deep in the depths of one of the worst Canadian winters in memory, I was listening to Ed Lawrence on CBC Radio’s Ontario Today . The topic that week was growing coffee plants at home – listening to Ed wax poetic about the heavenly smell, sweet fruit, and novelty of using your own coffee, I just knew I had to have one (by the way, if you want to hear it for yourself just head on over here).
Last week I finally made my way to a local garden centre with an amazing selection of tropical plants and picked up two Coffee Arabica plants.
Except when I got home I realized I didn’t buy two plants. I bought two plant pots full of at least a dozen seedlings each. I carefully separated each into smaller clumps, thinned out the weakest of the bunch, and replanted them into smaller pots. All in all I got more than ten plants, plus the two I had originally wanted. Here they are a few days after replanting.
I even got one to my coffee-addicted younger brother. Coffee plants are supposedly relatively low-maintenance, so let’s see if a university student can handle one.
The plants are still very young, so it will likely be quite some time (years, probably) before they do anything interesting. We’ll just have to wait and see.