The Nursery

Coffee germination.

Coffee germination.

Coffee – that aromatic and flavorful beverage – begins and ends with a large, round seed.

Close up look.

Close up look.

There are two methods for growing coffee. In one method for growing coffee, hundreds of seeds are planted in sandy soil covered by a moist burlap sack. When the seed germinates, the sand allows the roots to easily grow straight down while sending the sprout growing straight up. The sprout is then moved from the sand to a nursery bed full of closely monitored soil. The coffee begins growing in the shade but is eventually fully exposed to the sunlight as it strengthens. After several months, the little seedling will measure about 20-40cm tall and is ready to be planted out in the field.

Nursery bed.  

Nursery bed.  

Germination to "mariposa" stage.

Germination to "mariposa" stage.

In the other method, each seed is planted in its own black polythene bag. Each bag contains a special mixture of soil, manure, composted coffee pulp and other vital nutrients that will aid its growth. Just like the method, when the plant reaches 20-40 cm, after about 3 months, it is planted into the field. 

The following pictures were taken at Selena's sister's farm, the Finca Santa Teresa, which is adjacent to Selena's farm. 

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Seedlings in their individual bags.

Seedlings in their individual bags.

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The nursery.

The nursery.

Posted on July 15, 2013 .