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Minnesota Horticulture: Coffee Beans - You Can Germinate from Roasted Coffee Beans

Updated on November 27, 2016

My Local Grocery Store Has Dispensers


I Got One To Germinate Last Time

It really is for bragging rights, getting a seed to germinate, more than for growing the trees. I get a lot of pleasure out of seeing a root emerge from what some might call just a lost cause.

It's fun and I enjoy it. I even have a special plastic tote set aside that I play around with different seeds. I had an olive pit germinate for me, but I broke it off when I put it in the dirt, so I must find another olive pit some day. I could probably buy an olive plant and be done with it, but it's the thrill that gets me.

Like other people get when they see a new baby. I get the same way when I see something that I am trying to grow. The impossible dream come true, type story. The other day I bought some more coffee beans to try. I didn't buy a lot of them, just a small scoop worth.

I have had a lot of success with paper towels in a ziplock bag with a seed sitting on them, but this time I decided to try a plastic box with lid.

And no, you don't have to have air in with the seed. It will grow without air. I will remind you that plants do not breathe air, they create it -- In with carbon dioxide and out with oxygen.

An Egg Carton With Potting Soil, Seeds and Water


One out of Fifty Odds


Grow Little Bean Grow


Add Some Water


Close Cover


Into the Hotbox They Go


Time Will Tell

I will forget about them, and some day, I'll be curious and I'll open up the hotbox and I'll be amazed by the mountain grown coffee plants taking over. It will be like Jack and the Beanstalk all over again...

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Success and Failure

I did manage to get four small plants to take root and grow to about three inches tall. The planter box was outside and the extra light seemed to encourage the plants to grow. Unfortunately, we had an excessive amount of rain this summer and those plants drowned.


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