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Friday, September 19, 2008


Lucy Corrander - Coffee Plant

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James Golden said...


The rough, naked trunk emerging from the cold clods of dirt suggests a primordial origin. The image recalls an earlier period in the earth's history, perhaps before humans were around to drink coffee.

Is this coffee tree in the UK? I'm curious.

Lucy Corrander said...

Hello James

Yes, it's in the UK, on a windowsill, grown as a house plant.

It's fruited (in a limited way) a couple of times. Four of its beans were planted and two germinated.

The trick seems to have been nappies drying on radiators which created an unusually warm and humid atmosphere.

This poor plant isn't very well looked after nowadays but it struggles on, getting taller and taller, even though it hasn't many leaves!

Growing coffee plants isn't common here - this one and its offspring are the only ones I know of.


(Photographing its base like this may make it look bigger than it is. In 'real life' - it's about three foot high.)

Jane Marie said...

I thought you might to know that I have a mention and link to your site on my post :)

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