Acalypha Wilkesiana

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Acalypha Wilkesiana

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Acalypha is commonly known as Copperleaf plant or Jacob's coat and has around 430 species of shrubs & trees. This is an evergreen shrub with large and broad copper green and red colored leaves, with teeth around the edge. Male flowers have long spikes, while female flowers as short spikes. Acalypha is often grown as a hedge.

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Watering: "The soil should be moist therefore in summers, water the plants daily but in winters, you may water the plant moderately. " Light :This plant can be grown in partial light however direct exposure to sunlight will stimulate the growth of the plant.



Potting Mix: Acalypha is an outdoor plant and requires well-drained soil, which is rich in organic matter. The pot for the plant should be double the size of the root. Make sure the pot contains sufficient holes to drain out the excess water, in case of overwatering. These plants can be grown in hanging baskets as well. Dig a hole in the soil and place the selected stem inside firmly but gently by hands. Place the plant in bright light and water it to make your soil moist.

Lighting: This plant can be grown in partial light, however direct exposure to sunlight will stimulate the growth of the plant. Plants grown in partial light contain green leaves and plants grown in bright sunlight contain copper-red leaves.

Watering: The soil should be moist therefore in summers, water the plants daily, but in winters, one may water the plant moderately.

Propagation: Select a stem of a healthy plant for propagation. Cut the same with the help of a sterilized cutter. While cutting a stem make sure the angle is 45 degrees and cut it beneath the node (part from where leaves grow). The node part contains rooting hormones that help in the root generation process. Cut the entire stem in the same way and spare young leaves on the stem for photosynthesis. Take a small pot (4 inches) containing soil mixture (as mentioned above) and dig a hole inside the pot and place your cutting inside (straight). Place your pot in bright sunlight and water the plant regularly for fast growth.

Fertilizers: Use organic fertilizer (containing vegetable matter) and Cocopeat with Nitrogen, Phosphorous, and Potassium. This helps in stimulating the overall plant, shoot & root growth.

General tips: To prevent your plant from the effect of flies, bugs, spiders, mites prepare a mixture of Neem oil (2-3 drops in 1 Lt. water) and spray the mixture on plants (particularly on leaves both upper & lower sides) on a fortnight basis. You can also use hydrogen peroxide (available easily at the pharmacy), 2-3 drops in 1-liter water to avoid the attack of fungus or insects on the plant.

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