Red acalypha is one of the most beautiful plants that can be grown in your garden. It belongs to a family of the semi-evergreen shrubs that comes with colorful blends of copper, green, pink, yellow, orange, and cream.
- Acalypha copper plant has a heart or oval shape and can grow up to 6 to 10 feet in height and a width of 4 to 8 feet, making it visually striking.
- The plant has two common names: Copperleaf & Jacob’s Coat
How to grow red acalypha
- The most important consideration in growing acalypha is the location. The best place to grow the plant is in full sun, although it can survive in half sun or partially shaded areas. Direct sunlight makes the leaves more brightly colored.
- If the soil lacks the necessary fertility, then it can be nourished with organic nutrients like manure or compost. When planted in multiples, they should be spaced approximately 3 to 5 feet apart to avoid competition for resources and to ensure healthier growth.
- Pruning is also a desirable practice in the care of acalypha. It helps control the foliar size and shape while removing diseased or damaged branches.
- The evergreen shrub enjoys a humid environment to grow and bloom. During dry weather conditions, regular watering is needed to prevent the root system from withering.
- Before transplanting, water the soil thoroughly to lift it off easily.
- Dig a new hole and gently place the rootball.
- Cover it with soil and surround it with compost.
- Water frequently to keep the soil moist.
- In the case of multiple transplanting, the distance each plant at least 3’ to 5’ feet to ensure healthy growth.
- They are recognized mainly for their landscape uses.
- They serve as a beautiful accent by the entry, around tall trees, and along a blank wall in the yard or garden.
- They also elevate the beauty of driveways, walkways, porches, decks, and patios with their lovely presence.
- The plant also helps accentuate the indoor beauty with its intense colors and features.
- They look good paired with chenille plants.