Coffee Plant Care Guide
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Coffee Plant Care Guide

Coffee Plant Care Guide

Though it would take years to actually harvest your morning cup of Joe from your new coffee plant, its bright green leaves and hearty demeanor make this indoor version a beautiful addition to any collection. Do beware- all parts of the coffee plant are toxic to pets and humans, except of course that delicious mature fruit- the coffee bean.


The coffee plant enjoys regular watering. Underwatering results in drooping leaves. If you see this symptom, give your plant a drink and it will perk right up. Its soil should be moist, but make sure its roots don’t sit in water. 

Light and humidity

Coffee plants enjoy bright, indirect sunlight. A sunny window is a perfect location. Coffee plants enjoy a humid environment, so consider a humidity tray or humidifier to keep them thriving. It also prefers temperatures above 65. Take care to keep steer clear of drafty locations and consistently cold temperatures.

Soil and fertilizer

Coffee plants enjoy a soil that is rich and peat-based. Excellent drainage is helpful. Avoid soils that are limey, and if your plant is not thriving consider adding some extra peat or similar organic matter (ideal pH is 6-6.5). Use a weak liquid fertilizer every couple of weeks during the growing season, just once a month during the winter.

Cleaning and pruning

Keep the coffee plant pruned to your preferred size. If you discover mealybugs, aphids or mites on your plant, use the least toxic form of pest control first before pursuing heavier chemicals, but do treat quickly to prevent spread to other plants. 


Propagating a coffee plant requires a seed from an existing plant or a fresh seed. Propagation from cuttings or air layers is a very involved process where you plant roots that are still also attached to the parent plant. Early summer is the best time to make a cut. Look for a shoot that is straight and 8-10 inches long. Remove all but a few top leaves. Place the cutting in a small pot with potting soil, keeping it slightly moist. When a tug on the plant produces resistance, it has formed roots.


You should repot your coffee plant every spring. You can slowly increase the size of pot. Choose a pot with drainage holes. Root pruning can help to reign in your plants growth and size. Check out our repotting guide for more tips.


If your coffee plant develops leaf drop it is possibly from overwatering or sunburn. Make sure to keep the roots moist but not soaked to prevent root rot. If root rot does occur, repotting is the way to prevent further damage.

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Susan Egan
Susan Egan
1 year ago

I’m sorry but who ever delivered my coffee plant, just slide the box on my deck to my door, when I opened the box dirt was all over inside the box, I know I paid for a faster delivery, but if it’s the post OFFICE, ITS terrible I told you my mail boxes a locked my god what a horrible delivery I’m really upset, is this how my other plants are coming, it their other ways to deliver saftely

Susan Egan
Susan Egan
1 year ago

But the. Coffee plant is nice and healthy, a beautiful dark green leaves , I. Checked the care of the coffee plant and wonder if I should replant it and I have to put in more soil because some was lost, can I use some miracle grow, would that be safe, I have grown plants but not a coffee one, so I don’t want to hurt Hazle, that’s the. Offer plants name lol I talk to my plants too, they say it good for them TY for any help

Cynthia Bruce
Cynthia Bruce
1 year ago

Thank you so much for the beautiful and unusual plants that I’ve never heard of,and thanks for the information.

11 months ago

My coffee plant arrived in great shape. Thanks! Question: What is the shredded stuff around the pot? Should I discard it?

7 months ago

I am so excited about my new baby! Thanks, she looks so pretty and healthy.

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