Miracle Berry Disease?

brandon_the_random(7b)July 28, 2014

I have a Miracle Berry Tree I got last September, and it has produced fruits until February, when the lower foliage started turning brown from the leaftip inwards and defoliating, gradually turning fruits yellow and then brown, killing flowers, and dropping all leaves until the very top, where new growth began. However, some leaves are displaying very similar symptoms, but instead of the tips being brown and dry, they're more blackish and rot like, and not dry but not wilting either. Could this be a possible disease or virus, cause another tree MAYBE displaying similar symptoms as some leaves are browning at the tips. I don't know if repotting would help, any suggestions? I would very like to save these trees if I can cause they cost me a bundle and they're cool.

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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

In a pot or the ground?

You live in zone 7 -- but where?

One guess: Possible root problem. Have to sort through the myriads of possibilities including cultural -- as in too dry or too wet..

Let's start by you posting and image of the entire plant.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2014 at 1:43AM
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brandon_the_random(7b)

jean,
I grow in 3~4 gallon pots since it's too cold outside in winter here in Seattle. One's in a ceramic pot and the other in a plastic pot if that matters. Both have drainage holes and are filled with 3 parts peat moss 2 parts topsoil. They did fine for several months, but the leaf problem is consistent with one of the trees now. It is essentially defoliated except for the new growth at the top. Here is an older thread I had when the problems weren't so severe, but the symptoms were slightly different in that it was turning red and not drying up. .

Here is a link that might be useful: Miracle Fruit Plant Leaf Problems

    Bookmark   July 28, 2014 at 5:24PM
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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

The problem is not a disease.
The problem is low functioning roots.
The reason is that peat moss and top soil *don't drain well* in a container. You must use a mix that is specifically formulated for container growing.

One person in the other thread mentioned 1:1 perlite and peat works.

Or you could try an "acid mix" for containers such as one to use for azaleas and camellias. If you want it to be less moisture retentive, add some perlite.

You didn't make any comment re temperature. In one site, it was said 65F is a minimum but higher is better.

One link below.

Another is this:
http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/miracle-berry/miracle-fruit-plant.htm

Here is a link that might be useful: how to grow it - from CA Rare Fruit Growers (CRFG).

    Bookmark   July 28, 2014 at 7:02PM
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