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Acalypha hispida rubra - Plant

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Plants prefers partial shade to protected sunny areas for healthy growth especially in very hot dry regions. In coastal areas does best in full sunlight. Plants grow well in pots. They do not like cold. Soils rich in organic matter and fertilizers are preferred. Plants should be given an annual pruning.

Although they can be used as a hedge plant - it cannot make very formal and boxy hedges. The leaves are large - and frequent pruning also prunes away the young flowers. Many leaf eating bugs like this plant. Its leaves are often eaten by various insects.


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Description for Acalypha hispida rubra

Plants prefers partial shade to protected sunny areas for healthy growth especially in very hot dry regions. In coastal areas does best in full sunlight. Plants grow well in pots. They do not like cold. Soils rich in organic matter and fertilizers are preferred. Plants should be given an annual pruning. Although they can be used as a hedge plant - it cannot make very formal and boxy hedges. The leaves are large - and frequent pruning also prunes away the young flowers. Many leaf eating bugs like this plant. Its leaves are often eaten by various insects.

Common name Flower colours Bloom time Height Difficulty
Common name: Acalypha Hispida Red Leaves
Regional name: Bengali - Muktajhuri, Gujarati - Dadano, Kannada - Kuppigida, Malayalam - Kuppaimeni, Marathi - Khajoti, Sanskrit - Harita-manjari, Tamil - Kuppaimeni, Telugu - Kuppichettu
Red Flowers freely 4.00 to 6.00 feet easy to grow

Planting and care

Plant where they will receive a minimum of 5 to 6 hours of full sun per day. Plants grown in weak sun may not die at once, but they weaken gradually. Give them plenty of organic matter when planting and don’t crowd them.Wear sturdy gloves to protect your hands from prickly thorns.

Sunlight Soil Water Temperature Fertilizer
Full sun to part shade well-drained soil Medium 50 F apply any organic fertilizer

Caring for Acalypha hispida rubra

    Feed plants on a regular basis before and throughout the blooming cycle (avoid chemical fertilizers and pesticides if you’re harvesting for the kitchen).Once a month between April and July, apply a balanced granular fertilizer (5-10-5 or 5-10-10). Allow ¾ to 1 cup for each bush, and sprinkle it around the drip line, not against the stem.

Typical uses of Acalypha hispida rubra

Special features: In St. Louis, grow in containers or baskets on decks, patios or rooftop gardens. It is a good plant for color and should be used as an accent for both color and texture in a container. Or, it can be grown year-round in a greenhouse or sun room giving the area a tropical feel.

Ornamental use: The plant is used for ornamental purpose.

References

    http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/ http://www.flowersofindia.net/

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