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Coffea canephora - Robusta Coffee Bush - 15 Fresh Seeds

Coffea canephora - Robusta Coffee Bush - 15 Fresh Seeds

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Coffea canephora - Robusta Coffee Bush - 15 Fresh Seeds

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Coffea canephora - Robusta Coffee Bush

This listing is for a packet of 15 seeds of this beautiful shrubby plant.

Robusta coffee (Coffea canephora) is a species of coffee that has its origins in central and western sub-Saharan Africa.

The plant has a shallow root system and grows as a robust tree or shrub to about 10 metres, with dark glossy green leaves. It flowers irregularly, taking about 10–11 months for cherries to ripen, producing oval-shaped beans. The robusta plant has a greater crop yield than that of C. arabica, and contains more caffeine - 2.7% compared to arabica's 1.5%.  As it is less susceptible to pests and disease, robusta needs much less herbicide and pesticide than arabica. The flowers are creamy white and very heavily scented.  Where pollinated these are followed by the fruits each containing a pair of 'beans'.

Originating in upland forests in Ethiopia, C. canephora grows indigenously in Western and Central Africa. It was not recognized as a species of Coffea until the 19th century, about a hundred years after Coffea arabica.
  It makes a fantastic houseplant, tolerant of a wide range of conditions.  It is not hardy, so if used outdoors, it needs to be frost free.

Easy from seed, full instructions can be downloaded from my website, which can be accessed by following the link on my Me page.


 
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