Thursday, September 17, 2015
Journal September 17, 2015 - Coffee
Coffee does not need a lot of light, which makes it a good candidate for a house plant. It is an attractive evergreen, and if it ever flowers, the flowers will add a nice scent to a room for several days. Add to that, it could actually produce beans that can be roasted and brewed. Nice.
First I thought I would plant seeds, but you need fresh seeds, so I bought some from a seed vendor on eBay. Then, I found that it could take two to six months for the seeds to germinate. Again, looking on eBay, I found a coffee plant for sale, so I made an offer of four dollars. I did not really expect the seller to accept the offer, but he did.
When I received the plant I found that there were actually ten small plants in the pot. Well, I was not about to throw away nine plants, so I submerged the pot for several hours to load up the seedlings with water, then separated and planted each individual seedling.
To my amazement, it appears that all ten plants are going to survive being transplanted. Just what I needed, ten more plants to house and care for...
As long as I was planting, I struck cuttings from the Empeltre and Manzanillo olive trees. Both trees had double trunks, so the cuttings had to be removed anyway. Add two more plants to the collection. To top it off, the two pots on the end contain nine Cattura coffee beans.
Among the items that he gave me was a 400 watt MH grow lamp, like I need another light. Still, I have never used one of these lights, so I am thinking of using it to grow the above plant.
Just a few short weeks ago there were hundreds of people in the park. Today, I don't think I counted more than ten cars. That makes it an ideal location to fly the drone, so I will be spending more time at the park as the leaves begin to turn. That said, I can see from the photo above that some of the trees are already starting to change.