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It can be grown in only warmer regions or in greenhouses or can be grown as houseplants. The leaves are oval, multi-coloured and toothed. Flowers are most of the times pink or greenish in colour and are very small. It is used for decorative purposes mainly for its decorative multi-coloured foliage.
It is a plant which is native to the regions of South Pacific islands. The best places to grow these plants are the areas receiving partial shade and also which are frost free. These plants belong to the family of Euphorbiaceae and the name of the genus is Acalypha.
It is not so difficult to take care of these plants.
These plants do best when the humidity level is high and that is why if one's house seems dry the plants must be kept in a tray full of pebbles or the plants must be regularly provided with moist.
Pruning being a fruitful part of plant care of copper leaf must be applied regarding this plant so that it can grow healthily.
Pruning also removes damaged or diseased branches and it also helps in controlling the shape and size of the shrubs.
Watering must be done regularly as these plants grow well when the level of humidity is high in the air that is these plants need a lot of moisture for their growth.
Watering must be done even during the winter months so that the plants never remain dry.
Soil having good drainage system is very good for the growth of these plants.
Addition of potting mix can enhance the growth or proliferation of these plants while the pot in which the plant will be planted must be of size much greater than the plant.
These plants prefer bright light but not very direct light while the average temperature suitable for these plants is thirteen degree Celsius.
The blooming period of these plants is early fall and late summer.
These plants grow up to a height from six feet to ten feet.
Fertilization is needed regularly during the growing period of the plants and liquid fertilizers can be best though sometimes controlled-release fertilizer can be good also.
Fertilization must be stopped or reduced during the winter period.
These plants are mostly used for decorative purposes.