Coffee Plant Care Guide

Coffea arabica

Also known as the coffee plant. The coffee plant is native to tropical countries such as southern Asia and Southern Africa.


The coffee plant will prefer a bright light but it is important that your coffee plant does not receive any harsh direct sunlight. The more light your coffee plant receives the faster it will grow, especially in the spring and summer months.


The best way to tell when your coffee plant needs watering is to feel the first 2-3 inches of the soil, if the soil is dry then it’s time for a drink. Check the soil every week for moist soil. Hold off on watering until she starts to droop a little, this is a good indication that she is ready for a drink. Avoid letting your coffee plant sit in any excess water for a long period of time.


The coffee plant is from a humid climate and will appreciate moisture on her leaves. To replicate her natural habitat you can place her near a humidifier, on top of a pebble tray or place in a bathroom.


The perfect indoor temperature for the coffee plant is between 18-26 degrees celsius. As long as the indoor temperature doesn't dip lower than 18°C she will be happy.


To promote growth use diluted fertiliser every 2-4 weeks in the months from March-September. Do not fertilise in the winter months.


Coffee plants are fast growers and will need repotting yearly. Repot her when the bottom of the nursery pot starts to buckle or you see her roots sticking out the bottom. 



Brown crispy tips - Brown tips indicates that she is not receiving enough moisture. You can manipulate your plants natural habitat by placing her in the bathroom or using a humidifier.

Drooping leaves -  If she starts to droop she may be ready for a drink. Make sure your coffee plant has proper drainage to prevent overwatering. 

Yellow leaves/drooping yellow leaves - This is a sign that your coffee plant is getting too much water. Remove the yellow leaves so she doesn’t waste energy on this part of the plant. Always check the moisture of the soil before you water moving forward.



Top tip 1: The coffee plant is very toxic to animals, keep away from any pets or young children. 

Top tip 2: In the summer the coffee plant will bloom if given enough sunlight. 

Top tip 3: Clean his foliage once a week with a damp cloth to remove any dust.

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