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Acalypha wilkesiana tahiti - Plant

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Plants grow into a rounded, shapely bush in most soils. They grow best in full sun. They are duller in shade. Can be grown in pots for decoration. Suitable for large hedges up to 2 to 2.5 meters.
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Description for Acalypha wilkesiana tahiti

If soils dry out, rapid leaf drop usually occurs. Stems may be pinched to control size and shape and to promote bushiness. Take tip cuttings in late summer to overwinter. Container plants may also be overwintered as houseplants as long as they receive intense bright light and soils are kept uniformly moist.

Common nameFlower coloursBloom timeHeightDifficulty
Acalypha Green Twisted Leaves
Regional name: Bengali - Muktajhuri, Gujarati - Dadano, Kannada - Kuppigida, Malayalam - Kuppaimeni, Marathi - Khajoti, Sanskrit - Harita-manjari, Tamil - Kuppaimeni, Telugu - Kuppichettu
greenish whiteSeasonal bloomer2.00 to 4.00 feeteasy to grow

Planting and care

The best soil to grow the Acalypha copper plant is a fertile, fast-draining soil type with a soil pH of around 9.1. If the soil lacks the necessary fertility, then it can be nourished with organic nutrients like manure or compost. Eight inches of organic material is enough to make the plant grow naturally, without further attention, except for some water and exposure to the sun.

SunlightSoilWaterTemperatureFertilizer
Full Sun to Partial Shadewell-drained soil medium16°C (61°F). Apply any organic fertilizer

Caring for Acalypha wilkesiana tahiti

    Whether indoors or outdoors, growing copper leaf plants in a pot or a different container works well. If growing it in a container, the first step in the care of Acalypha wilkesiana is to ensure the pot is twice the size of the plant’s root ball.

Typical uses of Acalypha wilkesiana tahiti

Special features: Bedding plant, filler in borders or container plant.

Culinary use: leaves

Ornamental use: The plant is used for ornamental purpose.

Medicinal use: Unverified information Acalypha wilkesiana ointment is used to treat fungal skin diseases.

References

    http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?kempercode=a478 http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/acalypha/growing-acalypha-copper-plants.htm

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