University of Vermont

College of
Agriculture and Life Sciences

Department of Plant and Soil Science

Coffee Plants and Their Care

  • Watering:

    water your plant when the surface of the potting mix gets dry (probably once or twice a week). Do not let your plant sit in water in the saucer. It is best to take the plant to the sink, water it, let it drain and then return to saucer.
  • Light:

    put your plant near a bright window (east, south or west facing) or under a fluorescent light. Do not put outside in direct sunlight or the leaves will burn.
  • Fertilizing:

    fish or seaweed (organic); or 10:10:10 (inorganic) fertilizer twice a year (in March and September) following directions on the label.
  • Repotting:

    after 6 months repot into a 6" pot. The UVM Horticulture Club will sponsor a repotting session in late spring '13 (check the calendar for the date). Date, time, and location will be posted on the Horticulture Club's Facebook page.
  • Pest Control:

    coffee plants typically only have problems with mealybugs.Generally these can be controlled with soapy water, rubbing alcohol or pyrethrum.
  • Little black flies?

    this means you are over-watering your plant. Let the soil dry out between waterings.


If you think you have a problem that you need help with, please contact the Horticulture Club at More information about UVM's Horticulture Club is listed below:

Horticulture Club

The Horticulture Club aims to bring students who are interested in horticulture together so that they may increase knowledge for themselves and others in the community. Club members participate in a number of activities annually including volunteer work, such as forcing bulbs into bloom and sending to local nursing homes; attending presentations, such as bonsai tree workshops and flower arranging seminars; going on field trips to such places as the Montreal Botanical Gardens, and fundraisers, such as selling house plants during move-in weekend.  We also plant and maintain the gardens around Jeffords Hall.


Last modified August 22 2012 10:52 AM