I have a camellia sinensis, which is 1-2 feet high. I mist it twice a
day with water from the water but, and water it once a week. It stays
indoors close to a window, but out of direct sunlight.
I have had it for about a month, and so far a leaf bud has opened, but
it this morning I noticed that the leaves (including the new one) are
wilting. They aren't completely hanging, but there is a noticeable
Also, I have had a coffee arabica for a couple of weeks, and the leaves
seem to be wilting a bit as well. It is kept with the camellia sinensis
and is looked after the same way. They have an Aloe Vera in-between
them, as I thought they would help each other breathe lol.
Camellias are not house plants. Often, the air indoors is too dry
because it is heated. Also, certain pests -- especially scale, spider
mites, and mealy bugs -- proliferate indoors because their insect
enemies stay outdoors.
Wilt can indicate over-watering. Camellias need constant soil moisture
but cannot tolerate wet soil. Their natural habitat is in the southern
foothills of the Himalaya Mountains. Almost constant rain falls as warm
moist air from the tropical south rises towards the mountains, cools,
and drops its water content. This erodes the mountains, leaving a soil
that is primarily decomposed granite. Water from the rain drains
quickly away through the grit and is just as quickly replaced by more
rain. Thus, the soil is always moist but never soggy.
Wilt can result from over-feeding. As the rain falls on the decomposed
granite, it leaches away most nutrients. Thus, camellias evolved in a
soil that was quite lean.
Much of the above might also apply to coffee plants. I'm not sure. I
have camellias but no coffee plants.
David E. Ross
Climate: California Mediterranean, see
> (http://www.rossde.com/garden/diary )
Thank you very much for your reply. I tried giving it some more water,
and the next day it was back to normal. However, a couple of days later
it is suddenly wilting again. I wonder if I gave it too much water. The
soil drains quickly though.
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