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On Jul 24, 2011, BarbieCat from West Palm Beach, FL wrote:
This is such an easy and attractive plant to grow here in it's native range of South Florida. I have it growing under some sun dappled shade in well drained soil which seems to be the perfect environment. It also grows in shore line hammocks in this area, but will get leggy and is bothered by some bugs
No bugs or disease bother it in my yard which is 5 miles inland and it has plenty of fragrant flowers and red berries, growing about 5 lush feet tall and rarely needs trimming. It has tolerated our drought as well it tolerates lots of rain and humidity. I don't irrigate it.
My understanding is that it's not a false coffee, but rather an inferior type for culinary use. Early settlers in Florida drank it as coffee.
I have it planted under an areca palm's shade. The leaves are glossy green and very pretty. Since May 1st is has been in bloom and there are all kinds of butterflies around it. The scent is pretty strong and kind of fruity, musty. I can't say I enjoy the scent but I sure do love the way the plant looks. I live in North Miami and I have had it over 10 years.
On Mar 10, 2009, margocarefree from North Fort Myers, FL wrote:
I just bought 3 Wild Coffee plants for my south Florida garden. The main branches have split outer bark and the some of the leaves have brown, dried tips. I don't know the cause of these symptoms. I will plant in a well-drained, weekly irrigated, shady area under some oaks. I also sprayed for "bugs"??.
On May 1, 2008, rwsherlock from North Port, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:
I have had little problem germinating this plant from seed. Collect seeds when fully ripe and immediately place in germination pot covered with about 1/4" of common garden soil. I observed about 50-70% germination. Seed is slow to germinate (about 2-6 months). Allow to develop 2-4 permanent leaves before transplanting to permanent location.
On Jan 23, 2006, onalee from Brooksville, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:
I have to disagree with the zone hardiness listed for this plant. I've had it growing under some large oak trees in zone 9 for several years and, other than slight burning of new leaves, it hasn't suffered any set backs from the freezes we get here.
Very easy to grow, lovely foilage, flowers and berries!
On Sep 27, 2003, Monocromatico from Rio de Janeiro Brazil (Zone 11) wrote:
The name Psychotria comes from South American species that has psycho-active compounds, and are used in hallucinogenic drugs, some of which are even deadly; nervosa refers to the many veins in the leaves. I donīt know either why itīs called "Wild Coffee", since it doesnīt looks very much like Coffea arabica.
On Sep 20, 2003, IslandJim from Keizer, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:
I've always been struck by how much this plant looks like the real deal. Probably couldn't tell the leaves apart in the dark. But if its berries do not contain caffeine, I wonder how [and why] did it get the botanical name Psychotria nervosa.
On Jan 9, 2003, ButterflyGardnr from Orlando, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:
This is a great substitute for it's close relative the gardenia. It does not require the acidic soil and special fertilizers that gardenias do. The flowers are slightly fragrant and the red berries are eaten by wildlife. The seeds can be roasted and ground to brew coffee, though they do not contain any caffiene. The seeds will germinate readily. It does best in light shade or partial sun, and the leaves are deeper green when grown in those conditions. They tend to lighten and turn more yellow when in the sun.
On Nov 16, 2001, Floridian from Lutz, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:
This Florida native has shiny leaves that are markedly veined, white flowers & red fruit. The flowers attract butterflies and the fruit is a favorite of cardinals and blue jays.
It will grow in full sun as a compact plant or will get loose and fairly leggy in moderate shade. Wild coffee was once used as a coffee substitute.
It makes a great container plant.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Belleair Bluffs, Florida Big Pine Key, Florida Boca Raton, Florida (2 reports) Brandon, Florida Broadview Park, Florida Cape Canaveral, Florida Duck Key, Florida Gainesville, Florida Gulf Stream, Florida Highpoint, Florida Islamorada, Florida Juno Beach, Florida Lake Worth Corridor, Florida Largo, Florida Lutz, Florida Margate, Florida Melbourne Beach, Florida Melrose Park, Florida Merritt Island, Florida Miami, Florida Naples, Florida Naranja, Florida North Port, Florida Oldsmar, Florida Paradise Heights, Florida Pembroke Pines, Florida Pine Hills, Florida Port Orange, Florida Sanibel, Florida South Venice, Florida (2 reports) Spring Hill, Florida (2 reports) St Petersburg, Florida Suncoast Estates, Florida Tampa, Florida Vineyards, Florida Warm Mineral Springs, Florida West Palm Beach, Florida