Coffee Cultivation with Newport Fersan Fertilizers

If we were to conduct a global survey, millions would agree, a strong, fragrant cup of coffee is hands down, the best way to start the day! Getting the best out of those beans, however, takes a lot more effort than meets the eye, and no one understands this better than our experienced coffee farmers. This is just one of the many reasons Jamaica is famous for our aromatic Blue Mountain coffee.

Knowing where to plant your trees, and how much sunlight is necessary for the best growth, is just the tip of the iceberg. Among the essential growth conditions required for the cultivation of coffee are high slopes,  sufficient shade, and soil with a good sub-surface drainage. Soils comprised of potash, humus and other nitrogenous matter is an advantage. If your soil is not naturally comprised of these elements, then incorporating a good fertilizer regime is strongly recommended. Luckily, Newport Fersan Jamaica Limited has a team of experts to help you determine your fertilizer needs!

It is always recommended that a soil test be conducted to assess your specific needs before starting any application of fertilizer. Interested farmers may contact any member of our team from the Eastern end of the island, for information and assistance in fertilizer choice and usage in the cultivation of coffee.

  • Denton Alvaranga – Senior Agronomist – 551-9417
  • Silbert O’Meally – Agronomist – 579-9320
  • Anthony Bailey – Technical Sales Consultant – 550-7400

The following is a list of fertilizers used predominantly in the cultivation of coffee:

  • 15 – 5 – 35

Comprised of nitrogen, phosphate, and potash.

  • 23 – 10 – 20

  • SOA (Sulphate of Ammonia)

Comprised of nitrogen, and sulphur.


  • Urea

Here are some tips for fertilizer use when cultivating coffee:

  • Fertilizer should be covered by soil when applied
  • It is best to do multiple applications for the year, rather than just one
  • While coffee can perform in acidic soil, nutrients become unavailable in more acidic soil (soil pH affects the availability of nutrients)
  • Boron deficiency can directly impact productivity due to the fact that Boron is concerned with pollen tube development

Contact your Newport-Fersan Team of Consultants for information or assistance, or contact Newport-Fersan (Jamaica) Limited at (876) 967-5815 or email /


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