Dixie Cup - To the Cup!

It took us about a week to find that our seeds had dried. I think it was a little less, but since Jason and I live about 30 minutes away, we had to wait till Mondays to get to planting. Sigh. I am not paid to just do coffee yet…

Anyways, now that we were content with our water moisture by measuring the weight of the combined beans, we set out to plant. I was wary of where and how we were going to plant our new seeds. Last time we were so organized and calculated. On this specific Monday, we were arranging it on the spot. I remember I had to run to the loo (British for toilet) and as I was in thought Jason walked by outside the door proclaiming he had a “brilliant” idea. His idea: let’s individually plant the seeds in Dixie cups. Yes, I know. Brilliant.

So research goes both ways on this next step. You can punch a finger tip hole in some soil (or better yet, a vermiculate of some sort) and put a seed in flat side down. Others say you can place the seeds in a coffee sack and keep that moist. However, when Jason visited the Coffee Plantation down in Costa Rica, they placed the seeds face down on top of dirt and then covered it with banana leaves.

We have elected to do the seeds on top of the soil. And for a few reasons. First, we see the seed! You have no idea how demoralizing it is to water dirt for 3 months and see absolutely nothing! On a small level, seeing the seeds is a solace. We are watering more than just dirt. Secondly, we attempted to plant seeds in the dirt last time and that got us no-where.

How did we get banana leaves, you ask? Well, we are using the banana leaves of the Midwest. Yes, the corn husk. Conveniently, what we had on the menu that evening as well. While the husks have dried out, we are finding it still seems to be doing what the banana leaves are meant to: capture moisture and keep it humid.

To plant our seeds we simply filled the cups with potting soil and placed the seed flat side towards the dirt and delicately placed the husk over it. Now, we wait.

Some questions you may be wondering:

  • How wet should you keep the seeds? Moist. A suggestion would be to get a spray bottle and squirt a mist over the seeds daily or as needed to keep it moist.

  • How long is the waiting process? Oh boy. Two to six months. Two if you have great seeds and six if you want to wish fruitlessly on your seeds to grow. Normally you are looking at a three month germination period.

  • How do I know the seeds are germinating? Word has it something green starts to come out of the seed…I will show you pictures when I see it for myself too!