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Alocasia Cuprea

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$45.00 CAD
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$45.00 CAD
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All photos are an indication of the plant species and size reference only.  All plants will have slight variations in coloring and condition. Decorative pot not included. Plants will be shipped in sphagnum moss or perlite.

The Alocasia Cuprea is an awe inspiring, entirely unique Jewel Alocasia that I could stare at for hours. The Cuprea, or "Mirror Plant" has a rich, everchanging colour pattern ranging from a deep burgundy to an almost black-green sheen, reminiscent of a raven. The colour depends on the maturity of the leaf and the way the light hits it, meaning the possibilities of the seemingly pigment-shifting plant are endless. The underside of the leaf is a glossy, violet based burgundy, while the leaves showcase the morphing tint range. This truly is the goth prince of the Alocasia family, and he only grows more interesting as he ages.

Care

Light: Your Cuprea needs bright, indirect light to grow and remain healthy. Too much direct light will result in yellowing and dropping of the leaves, while not enough sun will result in the green draining from the plant. Extended exposure to both too much, and too little sun will result in the eventual death of the plant.

Water: Allow the top two inches of soil to dry before watering, do not let sit in excess water as they are quite prone to root rot.

Temperature/Humidity: Your Alocasia will not tolerate temperatures lower than 13 Celsius and dislikes both cold and hot drafts. A minimum of 40% humidity is suggested to prevent foliage issues, but your Alocasia will thrive best in 60% to 75% humidity.

Soil/Potting: These babies prefer to be root bound and repotting can be quite traumatic for them. We prefer to use a coarse, free draining soil and typically mix two parts each of perlite and orchid bark to one part potting soil. Feed monthly with a balanced fertilizer.

Care Tips: Humidity and a consistent watering schedule will keep this beauty's sensitive leaves from curling and browning. He is prone to sunburn when offered direct sun, experiment with the Black Velvet's location to find a good balance . Prone to Fungus Gnats and Spider Mites.

*Alocasias are mildly toxic to pets and humans. Typically, ingestion will cause mouth and stomach irritation and possible vomiting. Do not ingest.*