Houseplants forum: Brown leaves - coffee arabica

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SeanTipper
Jan 20, 2018 5:15 AM CST
Hi Everyone,

I'm new to the forum and horticulture in general and I've got a brown leaves problem with my coffee arabica plant and was hoping someone here might be able to help me.

The plant has been having the issue for about 4 weeks now and has lost quite a few leaves and a few stems have dried up leaving me worried that the plant will die.

Initially I thought it was a black leaf spot problem but an antifungal spray I've been using hasnt helped land the problem has continued. I've since then thought it might be a drainage issue so I've changed the soil and put some small stones at the bottom of the pot to aid drainage. The pot also has some holes at the bottom.

Ive been giving the plant a 1/3 cup of water whenever the leaves droop down and some plant food every two weeks but the problem seems to continue and I'm worried that the plant will die.

Any help would be much appreciated! I've attached some photos to hopefully give a better insight.

Cheers

Sean
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Christine
Jan 20, 2018 7:52 AM CST
I dont think your watering enough, you need to give more than 1/3 c of water when the leaves droop, you need to start watering more, water til the water drains out the bottom and let it sit in the sink until it is finished draining, waiting for it to droop is not a good thing, also your fertilizing to often. If you could also state your zone or location that will help us to help you. Other members will have more advice for you Smiling

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Hamwild
Jan 20, 2018 9:18 AM CST
My Coffee Plant looked like that too and I also kept letting it get too dry before watering again. So, I believe Christine may be onto something (by may, I mean that she is)!
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WillC
Jan 20, 2018 9:35 AM CST
I agree with the others that watering is the likely source of the problem. It should be watered before the leaves wilt and watered thoroughly. Unfortunately, changing the soil and adding stones to the bottom of the pot and fertilizing have all aggravated the problem.
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sallyg
Jan 21, 2018 7:35 PM CST
I have had a small Coffee plant for 2-3 years now, it seems to use more water than I expect, so I agree, more water. Isn't that actually a cluster of several seedlings?
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Hamwild
Jan 21, 2018 8:39 PM CST
sallyg said:I have had a small Coffee plant for 2-3 years now, it seems to use more water than I expect, so I agree, more water. Isn't that actually a cluster of several seedlings?


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