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Mythic Red Secret Jewel Alocasia Alocasia cuprea

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Exposure
  • Medium

Low - No direct sun, not near a window. Medium - Medium bright indirect light in the AM or PM, typically from an east or west window. High - Bright direct or indirect light for much of the day, typically from a south window.

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    Features

    Red Secret is a stunning Alocasia.  The leaves emerge with a coppery-green color, and as the leaves mature, they turn a darker color and almost look metallic.  The undersides of the leaves are a beautiful maroon color.

    Adaptable As Houseplant
    Foliage Interest
    Harmful To: 
    Pets

    Characteristics

    Plant Type: 
    Houseplant
    Height Category: 
    Short
    Height: 
    12 - 18 Inches
    Foliage Colors: 
    Black
    Foliage Colors: 
    Green
    Foliage Colors: 
    Red
    Foliage Shade: 
    Black to deep green foliage, can also become deep green and reddish.
    Habit: 
    Upright
    Container Role: 
    Filler

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Medium
    Maintenance Category: 
    Moderate
    Preferred Temperature: 
    60 - 85 °F
    Water Category: 
    Average
    Humidity Preference: 
    High
    Container Soil Type: 
    Indoor Potting Mix
    Needs Good Drainage
    Uses: 
    Desktops
    Uses: 
    Humid Spaces
    Uses Notes: 

    Not for human or animal consumption.

    Maintenance Notes: 
    • For optimal performance, keep at 60-85°F (15-29°C).
    • Feed once per month at half strength when plant is actively growing.
    • Protect furniture when watering.
    • Alocasia does best with bright indirect light, but will benefit from some early morning or late day sun indoors (right in front of an eastern or western window), particularly during wintertime. You may need to use a grow light during dark winter months, or move them to a sunnier window during that time.
    • It prefers to be consistently moist, but not wet and needs to have good drainage. It can't take wet soil, but also doesn't tolerate dry soils well. A well draining soil is necessary and the plant should not be allowed to sit in water. Allow the top inch or so to dry out before watering again.
    • All-purpose potting mixes with additional orchid bark and perlite added is a beneficial medium for Alocasias.
    • It is happiest when grown between 60 and 85 degrees.
    • Alocasias also would appreciate higher humidity, so break out that humidifier. 
    • If your plant drops it's leaves don't give up. (These plants like very consistent conditions overall when it comes to watering, temperature, and light.)  Alocasias grow from bulb-like corms and can sprout new leaves under the right conditions.
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