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Do coffee trees defoliate in dry season?

Gerald Lanz glanz at traveller.com
Sun Jul 27 11:52:30 EST 1997

Bob Kirk wrote:
>    Trying to rejuvenate one from an interiorscape I work on, about four
> years old and 5' high. An excellent foliage plant (also flowers & fruits
> well) except that occasional less-than-conscientious watering, together
> with keeping it in a south window one summer, have left many of the older
> leaves looking rather sad.
>    I have established that some coffee-growing areas experience a well-
> defined dry season, but so far a month in the west windows of a closed-
> for-the-summer building, daytime temps seldom <90F (32C), ventilation duct
> blowing directly above the plant, the *minimum* of water I judge necessary
> to keep it alive -- have resulted in maybe half the old leaves falling
> off, and those generally with some encouragement.
>    I suppose I'll give up and hit it with ethephon, etc., but this has
> got me curious. The treatment this plant has been getting is almost
> certainly more severe than anything it would ever experience in habitat.
>    Never having lived in a warm climate, it's my understanding that most
> "evergreen" plants subject to wet/dry seasons do at least eventually
> replace their leaves. Not so, or is C. arabica just some weird exception
> that falls still holding on to the first leaf it ever grew?Hi Bob
I am trying to find information on coffe plant propagation. Do you know 
where I can find information on this subject?
Gerald Lanz
glanz at traveller.com

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