Plant Care Virginia Copperleaf

Virginia Copperleaf

Also known as

Virginia three-seeded-mercury, Virginia threeseed mercury, mercuryweed, threeseeded mercury and wax balls


Acalypha virginica

How to care for Virginia Copperleaf

💦 Water

How often to water your Virginia Copperleaf

Water needs for Virginia Copperleaf
0.5 cups
every 9

Virginia Copperleaf needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Virginia Copperleaf

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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☀️ Light

Finding light for Virginia Copperleaf in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Virginia Copperleaf: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Virginia Copperleaf love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Virginia Copperleaf does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Virginia Copperleaf in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Virginia Copperleaf

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Virginia Copperleaf: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Virginia Copperleaf after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Virginia Copperleaf is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Benefits of Growing Virginia Copperleaf →

Common Virginia Copperleaf Problems →

💦 Water Needs

Virginia Copperleaf prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Virginia Copperleaf Water Frequency →

Virginia Copperleaf Root Rot →

☀️ Sunlight Needs

Virginia Copperleaf requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Virginia Copperleaf Light Requirements →

Virginia Copperleaf Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →

🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Virginia Copperleaf is not safe to consume. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian. If you have children, cats, or dogs in the home, we suggest keeping this plant out of reach.

🪴 Soil

Virginia Copperleaf does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Virginia Copperleaf →

When and How to Successfully Repot Virginia Copperleaf →

💩 Fertilizer

Virginia Copperleaf should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!

⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Virginia Copperleaf grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.

How and When to Prune Virginia Copperleaf →

🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Virginia Copperleaf can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 5a-8b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Virginia Copperleaf Temperature Tolerance →

🌱 Propagation

The seeds of Virginia Copperleaf can be used to grow new plants! After your plant flowers, any seeds that formed can be collected and germinated in potting soil.

🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.

Care Summary for Virginia Copperleaf

Virginia Copperleaf

Virginia Copperleaf

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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