Alocasia Cuprea
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Alocasia Cuprea Care

Welcome to our guide to alocasia cuprea care, we cover all you need to know…

Alocasia Cuprea Care Summary

Light needs:Medium to bright indirect sunlight.
Watering needs:Water when the top 40% of soil is dry, check it weekly.
Fertilizer:A well diluted balanced feed once a month in summer.
Soil:A mix of potting compost, perlite, orchid bark.
Temperature:18-25ºC (64-77ºF).
Where to buy:Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.
Common issues:Leaf crisping and browning due to low humidity or underwatering.


The alocasia cuprea is from Borneo, and has dark shiny red, almost copper color to its glossy ribbed leaves, it is a real stand out show stopper!

Light Needs

Medium to bright indirect sunlight is ideal.

How Often to Water An Alocasia Cuprea

Check the soil with your finger each week and water when the top 40% of soil is dry. They don’t want to be over or underwatered, so check them regularly but don’t water if not needed.


Use a well diluted balanced feed once a month in summer. You do not need to feed in winter.


A loose, rich, well draining soil is best. I use a third potting compost with third perlite, third orchid bark.

When To Repot An Alocasia Cuprea

Repot it when it outgrows its current pot. It may not need it every year, but keep an eye on it in Spring and give it some root space if it needs it.


An alocasia cuprea will thank you for high humidity levels. 60%-80% is best or you can get issues like leaf crisping and dryness. These are great with a humidifier or closed plant cabinet where you can up the humidity a lot.


18-25ºC (64-77ºF) is ideal to promote growth. Most homes are in this range anyway, a bit above and below this range is fine, but just be careful of cold drafts.

Alocasia Cuprea Variegata Pink

I have never seen a variegated cuprea for sale, the ones that have come up on Instagram I believe are freak variegations and therefore unstable. They look great, but the variegation may not be stable enough to propagate and sell them. If you have one, please get in contact and let us know more about it.

Alocasia Cuprea Vs Red Secret

The alocasia cuprea ‘red secret’ is a cultivar of the cuprea, but has a reddish hue to its leaves.

Where To Buy

Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.

Alocasia Cuprea Care Summary FAQs and Common Problems

Problems with an alocasia cuprea will show on the leaves. Crisping and brown dry leaves is fairly common due to lower humidity or underwatering, so get a humidity meter and keep an eye on it. Check the plant regularly to see if it needs watering too.

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