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May 7, 2020 6:31 PM CST

I've had this coffee plant about two years and it grew really well at first. I repotted it to a larger pot about a year ago. I have two concerns. First, it has always grown upwards and never got bushy or full like the photos of coffee plants I've seen online. Second, the leaves tend to get brown even when I keep it well watered. It gets moderate sun, mainly in the afternoons. There are new leaves continuing to sprout though, so I don't think it's dying. Should I trim it down so it grows out instead of up? Would that make it healthier? If so, how do I trim it?


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May 8, 2020 8:42 AM CST
Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
Welcome! I'm not sure it is worth keeping. It has a serious spider mite problem and it will never recover to be the nice full plant you envision.

I suspect it went downhill as a result of the repotting that was probably unnecessary and done incorrectly. The pot it is now in is too large and makes root suffocation more likely. Are you using a water bottle to water it?
Will Creed
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May 9, 2020 8:18 AM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland (Zone 7b)
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agreed, mites, and extensive rehab would be needed.
Plant it and they will come.
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May 9, 2020 12:01 PM CST

Okay thanks. That's a bummer. If I get a new plant, how can i prevent spider mites?
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May 9, 2020 2:15 PM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland (Zone 7b)
Let's all play ukulele
Charter ATP Member Houseplants Keeper of Poultry Vegetable Grower Region: Maryland Composter
Native Plants and Wildflowers Organic Gardener Region: United States of America Cat Lover Birds Butterflies
Plant choice may help. I have never had mites on Aglaonema, pothos (Epipremnum), lucky bamboo, spider plant.
But best is to choose a plant best suited to teh place it will live. What kind of light, primarily.
Plant it and they will come.
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May 10, 2020 8:43 AM CST
Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
A quality plant that is properly cared for will be very resistant to plant pests. In the majority of cases, plants with pest problems also have an underlying condidtion such as improper light or watering that has weakened the plant and made it vulnerable to pests. I have seen many instances where folks have successfully treated the pests but the plant continues to decline because the underlying condition has not been corrected.

In your Coffee Plant case, I suspect the plant was badly weakened when it was repotted unnecessarily and incorrectly.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
Contact me directly at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com
I now have a book available on indoor plant care
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