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


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

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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 🏡.


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.

Difficulty Level

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

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

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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