Plant Care Copperleaf


About Copperleaf

Acalypha is a fast-growing tropical evergreen shrub native to Fiji and neighboring South Pacific islands. It has 4 to 8-inch heart-shaped leaves that come in a variety of mottled color combinations. Separate male and female flowers appear on the same plant, male spikes long and hanging with female spikes short.


Acalypha wilkesiana

Also known as

Jacob's plant

How to care for Copperleaf

💦 Water

How often to water your Copperleaf

Water needs for Copperleaf
0.5 cups
every 9

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 Copperleaf

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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☀️ Light

Finding light for Copperleaf in your home

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

Copperleaf love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Copperleaf does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Copperleaf

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for 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 Copperleaf after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Copperleaf is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Benefits of Growing Copperleaf →

Common Copperleaf Problems →

💦 Water Needs

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.

Copperleaf Water Frequency →

Copperleaf Root Rot →

☀️ Sunlight Needs

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 🏡.

Copperleaf Light Requirements →

Copperleaf Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →

🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.

🪴 Soil

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!

When and How to Successfully Repot Copperleaf →

💩 Fertilizer

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

Copperleaf will branch off as it grows. To encourage branching, pinch off the newest growth at the tip and the stem will branch off into two.

How and When to Prune Copperleaf →

🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Copperleaf can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 10a-11b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Copperleaf Temperature Tolerance →

🌱 Propagation

Copperleaf can be propagated by the leaf method. To propagate:

  • Remove a leaf by gently twisting until it pops off.
  • To get the leaf to root, you can either:
    • Place the leaf in water until roots emerge and are ~2” long and then transplant into well-draining soil, or
    • Place the leaf directly into well-draining 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 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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