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I have a small coffee plant and was wondering if I can make it into a coffee bonsai. Not sure how to go about this, can anyone give any advice?
 

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You go to wikipedia and see how tall the shrub is, how old it gets, how big the leaves are. If its fine, choose a single trunk and grow it in conditions that allow it to expand so the trunk thickens. Work on the roots every 2 years.
 

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Drill a hole in a coffee mug and jam it in there!

I'd want to find out why they are planted like that in the first place. Do they grow well like that? Coffee need a friend? They're pretty like that and never grow?

Take one out and see how small you can maintain the leaves, while killing all but one other trying to find out how to best grow em fast. Then use the leaf size to determine how long you have to grow your keeper one for it to look in scale.

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Coffee has been tried by a few. The main issue is that the leaves tend to be disproportionate in size. Even with leaf reduction techniques, the leaves do not reduce enough to make a convincing bonsai. But there is no reason you can not train your coffee to be an attractive houseplant, using bonsai techniques. Try and see what you can do with it. If you like the large glossy leaves then enjoy it for what it is. The flowers and "coffee cherries" are nice & attractive.
 

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They make wonderful houseplants and will be happy in almost any window. Like a lot of mostly evergreen plants they do not respond well to leaf reduction. Defoliation in May takes all summer to almost replace the leaves which will be just a little smaller than the type. They do not like full sun outdoors which surprised me. This one is 3 years old and the foliage is a very shiny dark green and was kept indoors summer of '20. I just tipped all the terminal buds and believe O can get more interior growth, but it's not bad as is.
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Drill a hole in a coffee mug and jam it in there!

I'd want to find out why they are planted like that in the first place. Do they grow well like that? Coffee need a friend? They're pretty like that and never grow?

Take one out and see how small you can maintain the leaves, while killing all but one other trying to find out how to best grow em fast. Then use the leaf size to determine how long you have to grow your keeper one for it to look in scale.

Sorce
Water it w cold folgers
 

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There is a dwarf cultivar called Coffea Arabica "Nana" . It doesn't look too promising for bonsai but I am curious how coffee grown in a bonsai fashion would taste so I went and bought some seeds. They say the soil determines flavor profile which makes me wonder how akadama coffee would taste.
 

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I have a small coffee plant and was wondering if I can make it into a coffee bonsai. Not sure how to go about this, can anyone give any advice?
It looks like you have a potful of Coffee seedlings there. You might be best separating some of them and plant the best of them into individual pots to grow them up to a good size
 

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By the way Coffee plants are also one of the key hosts for the deadly Xylella bacterial plant disease which is destroying Italian Olive groves and is believed to have been introduced to Europe on infected Coffee plants from the Americas
 

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I just stopped in to say Hi.
Coffee - yum
If the leaves won’t reduce then you have to make a larger tree.
looks legit to me
 

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People are forgetting the clump style bonsai where there are many trunks. I happen to like clumps myself.

Know nothing about the species...I am sipping coffee at the moment. Tastes good. So still a fun thing to play around with. Even if only a quirky house plant you use the techniques on.
 

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The stems are straight, thin, and internodes are long with big leaves, just like any great bonsai candidate. Not.
 

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Looks like the genetics exist for promising bonsai. But I don't know how easily one could acquire the smallest of these, as there is really no demand for them as a coffee bean. It seems smaller varieties produce smaller yields with lower caffeine content.

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