This will be the beginning of a short series of the many ways our coffee trees talk to us and tell us what they are needing, or what I like to call "tree speak". I am still underway in my green thumb training, so often I make mistakes, try to fix them, and then learn something. In dabbling with these extremes I am able to learn the limits of my coffee plant.
The story behind today's lesson: when your coffee tree is thirsty. Notice in the photo above that the leaves are droopy and are hanging almost perpendicular to the ground. The leaves are soft, very bendy and delicate to touch when they are lacking water. Luckily, as this stage, the tree can be saved by a full water bath. I simply unwrapped my package (if new and just arrived) or planted pot and filled it with water so that water drips out from the bottom. If necessary, the leaves may need a misting as well. However, be careful not to damage them as they are fragile in this state. Within a few hours you will see those leaves perk right up!
This sorta thing happens for a variety of reasons: extended vacations, being forgotten for a week or two at a time, or because of very intense heat. Very high temperatures will evaporate water in soils faster and thus your plant may need watering more frequently.