The Alocasia Cuprea is a houseplant plant that originates from temperate regions of Asia to parts of South America. It was brought to Europe by a man named Thomas Lobb in 1850.
The plant is coveted for its unique red hues and large elephant ear leaves. Because of its foliage’s distinctive coloring and sheen, the Alocasia Cuprea also goes by Jewel Alocasia, Red Secret, and Mirror Plant.
Alocasia Cuprea Care
If you own an Alocasia Cuprea, you must know everything about its care if you want it to thrive. From its compact size to watering needs, here is everything there is to know about Jewel Plant care.
Loose and tilled soil is best for the Jewel Plant. This type of soil will help you avoid overwatering. Soil mixes that include compost, perlite, or peat are great options.
The mirror plant needs bright but indirect lighting. Direct lighting can cause scorched leaves. Low light is also not recommended and will affect the leaves’ pigment due to the loss of chlorophyll.
An Alocasia Cuprea needs water once the soil dries. You can check this by pressing your finger into the soil. Always avoid over saturation as this can harm the plant.
Temperature & Humidity
The Jewel Alocasia thrives in temperatures of 50°F and 85°F or 10°C and 29.4°C. You will want to keep the humidity at 80% for the best results – doing this indoors without equipment is impossible; a humidifier can help you achieve this.
The amount of fertilizer needed for the Cuprea depends on the plant’s health. Generally, you can use a liquid fertilizer diluted to half-strength and increase or decrease the use based on the plant’s health.
The best way to propagate a Cuprea plant is at the roots. You can do this by using a shaking method or pruning shears. No matter your method, do it carefully to separate the corms. Then, follow that step by placing the separated corm into a pot with soil packed around them.
Diseases & Pests
The mirror plant is susceptible to pests and plant diseases. Some things that may cause these diseases include funguses, bacterium, mycoplasma, nematodes, and parasites. Proper care and maintenance can prevent and mitigate these issues.
Red Secret Alocasia can be toxic to humans and pets if ingested. That is due to oxalate crystals in the plant. If ingested, you may experience mouth pain and vomiting.
Cuprea’s come in several varieties and types. Some feature softer leaves, while others have a denser feel that is more resilient to wetter soils. They can also have slight color variations, with some leaning more green than red in their hues.
Size & Growth
The Alocasia Cuprea is small, averaging 12″ – 18″ tall. Although, the Cuprea’s elephant ear leaves can grow beyond that. Every couple of years, you will need to repot the plant into a slightly larger container to accommodate the growing roots.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is The Alocasia Cuprea Rare?
The beautiful Alocasia Cuprea is considered a rare plant. It scarcely appears in the wild and is not commonly cultivated. The Jewel Cuprea is highly sought after by plant collectors.
Why is my Alocasia Cuprea drooping?
An Alocasia Cuprea often droops when it is overwatered. If you follow the watering protocol, other factors can include pests, lighting, inadequate temperature, and low humidity. Addressing any of these issues should allow your Jewel Plant to recover.