Appreciation: Coffee Tree Rejuvenation

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  1. Junglekeeper

    Junglekeeper Contributor 10 Years

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    I thought I'd share the result of my experiment in rejuvenating some coffee trees. These three trees were stumped sometime around mid-September of last year and became leafless as all their branches had been removed. At that time they were about 6 ft. tall with a stem diameter of around 1.5" at the base. The result: One produced three strong leaders and is looking lush; another produced one strong leader and is looking to become the first to reach the ceiling; the last one was and still is the weakest of the bunch, sending out only modest growth.

    @pinenut , you may be interested in this; I believe you have some sizable trees as well.

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    pinenut Active Member 10 Years

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    Thank you JK! Good to know that they can rebound from severe pruning. My 40 year-old is big enough to cause arguments as to where it should reside. One of us for giving it lots of light, the other complaining about loss of view.

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    I did the same thing to my stringy 8ft tall tree after a vacation in Hawaii a number of years ago. We had stopped at a roadside coffee plantation fruit stand and I asked how to care for my then 10 year old tree - I figured if anyone knew they would. I was told they cut their trees back to about 3-4 ft after each harvest to rejuvenate (it also keeps the beans within reach). I've now cut mine back twice since then to keep it manageable
     
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    Junglekeeper Contributor 10 Years

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    The following video provides useful information on stumping and pruning of these trees:

     

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