Plant Care Jewel Alocasia

Jewel Alocasia

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Jewel Alocasia has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves
Jewel Alocasia has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

About Jewel Alocasia

The Jewel Alocasia's species name, cuprea, refers to the copper color of the leaves. which deepen to green as the leaf matures. They are native to the island of Borneo and have become increasingly popular as a houseplant in recent years!

Taxonomy

Alocasia cuprea
Alocasia
Araceae
Alismatales

Also known as

Mirror Alocasia and Red Secret

How to care for Jewel Alocasia

💦 Water

How often to water your Jewel Alocasia

Water needs for Jewel Alocasia
0.5 cups
every 9

Jewel Alocasia 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 Jewel Alocasia

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Jewel Alocasia in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Jewel Alocasia: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Jewel Alocasia may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Jewel Alocasia

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

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Jewel Alocasia 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 Jewel Alocasia →

Common Jewel Alocasia Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Jewel Alocasia 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.

Jewel Alocasia Water Frequency →

Jewel Alocasia Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Jewel Alocasia may have difficulty thriving and will drop leaves 🍃 without ample sunlight. Place it less than 3 feet from a window to maximize the potential for growth. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Jewel Alocasia Light Requirements →

Jewel Alocasia Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Jewel Alocasia 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.

Jewel Alocasia Toxicity to Cats →

Jewel Alocasia Toxicity to Dogs →


💨 Humidity

Jewel Alocasia prefers dry environments. Providing extra humidity or misting your plant allows water to linger on leaves, which can create the perfect environment for harmful types of fungi.

Jewel Alocasia Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Jewel Alocasia is very sensitive to dry soil, so choose a potting soil that retains moisture. A good soil will still drain well and contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir or sphagnum moss.

When and How to Successfully Repot Jewel Alocasia →


💩 Fertilizer

Jewel Alocasia is a fast growing plant and may deplete the nutrients in its soil over time. Replenish them with a gentle organic fertilizer or compost every 1-2 months depending on your location and season. Fertilize more often during the growing season and in warmer and brighter climates.

How Much and When to Fertilize Jewel Alocasia →


❄️ Dormancy

It’s common for Jewel Alocasia to go dormant in the wintertime and you may notice their growth slow down. Waterings should be spaced out more during this time.


🌎 Native Region

Jewel Alocasia is native to tropical and subtropical Asia and Eastern Australia.


🌸 Flowers

Yes, you may see your Jewel Alocasia bloom with the right amount of sunlight and water.


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Jewel Alocasia is a clumping plant, meaning new growth will emerge from the soil around the parent plant.

How and When to Prune Jewel Alocasia →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Jewel Alocasia can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 10a-12a. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Jewel Alocasia Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

Jewel Alocasia can be propagated by division into new individual plants.

  • Check to see if there is more than one plant. In some cases they may still be beneath the soil surface. If you feel confident, you may remove the soil to check for baby plantlets below!
  • If there are multiple plants growing, unpot the plant and gently tug the plants apart, being careful not to disturb too many of the roots. They may be connected by large root segments which you may need to break to free the plantlet.
  • Pot up the new plant in well-draining soil
  • Repot the parent plant back into its original pot

🍂 Yellow Leaves

Yellow leaves aren’t always a reason to panic, and can be a normal part of a plant’s life cycle. Unless brand new leaves are turning yellow or all the leaves change color at once, it’s likely just your plant shedding old leaves.

Overwatering and root rot are the most likely cause of problems in Jewel Alocasia, since they are sensitive to wet soil. The leaves may also appear to be curling or drooping. Less often, yellow leaves are caused by underwatering, nutrient deficiencies, or pests.

Replace soggy soil with fresh, dry soil and download Greg to make sure your plant never gets overwatered again!


🧐 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 Jewel Alocasia

Jewel Alocasia

Jewel Alocasia


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 3ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

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

What other plant parents say

Jewel Alocasia has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 20
Jewel Alocasia has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 16
Jewel Alocasia has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 9
Jewel Alocasia has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 6
Jewel Alocasia has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 3
Jewel Alocasia has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 2
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globe Fremont, OH
11/09/2021

He’s a tricky one!

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leaf-1 20 Plants
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globe Rancho Cordova, CA
07/18/2021

One the bulb took off it grew like crazy and I needed to repot just about immediately

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leaf-1 19 Plants
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globe Saint Ives, England
07/16/2021

Needs to be kept moist and out of direct light. So beautiful but not for beginners. Leaves easily brown for seemingly no reason 😂

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Browns easily Browns easily
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globe Tarentum, PA
07/09/2021

Just an awesome plant, gets so big and it’s such a big toddler! The leaves go up and down and react to everything it’s hilarious! The only child I’ll put up with lol

Fast grower Fast grower
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Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
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globe Morgantown, WV
07/07/2021

Very easy to care for!

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globe Rye, England
05/26/2021

This is quite possibly the most annoying plant in the world! One minute it’s thriving and the next, it’s virtually dead. It’s so temperamental!

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globe Richmond, New South Wales
05/11/2021

don't be discouraged if they start losing a leaf or two - they can only support a select number of leaves at a time!

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leaf-1 24 Plants
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04/02/2021

This plant needs to be misted and it needs high humidity! Ends can brown pretty easily but supposedly if you mist it enough that won’t happen.

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Blooms easily Blooms easily
Browns easily Browns easily
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globe Vancouver, WA
03/30/2021

I ordered a baby elephant plant from a seller living in Florida. One of the leaves had turned yellow and I thought this baby would die but with some TLC it’s growing a new leaf!

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globe Riverview, FL
03/25/2021

I love this plant so much. The leaves are bigger than my face! I’m surprised at how fast it is growing in the winter.

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globe New Orleans, LA
02/21/2021

These guys are super prone to a number of pests but Jimmy has recovered from probably 5 separate infestations with no problem.

They like A LOT of light and their super delicate leaves will tell you if they aren’t happy. Very communicative plant and it grows super quickly

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Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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