Red Secret Alocasia

Red Secret Alocasia Care

Alocasia cuprea

Basic Red Secret Alocasia Care

With their metallic-like dark red leaves, the Red Secret Alocasia is quite a rare find! Below you will find our complete Red Secret Alocasia care guide with all the information you need to keep your plant healthy and happy.

Bright Indirect Light

I love the sunshine but too much direct light will damage my leaves.

Water Moderately

I don't like my soil to be too dry or too soggy. Little and often is what I'm after.

High Humidity

I thrive in humid environments so please mist my leaves every so often.

Potting Soil

I need soil specifically for indoor plants as it retains the right amount of water.

Detailed Red Secret Alocasia Care Information

Whether you're looking to make sure your Red Secret Alocasia is in it's perfect conditions, or looking to see if one could work for your space. We've got you covered.

Red Secret Alocasia

Red Secret Alocasia need bright but indirect light

You want to find a nice bright spot in your home for your Red Secret Alocasia. However, keep them away from direct sunlight as this can scorch their beautiful leaves.

Keep the soil moist but never soggy

Red Secret Alocasia don’t like to be sitting in puddles of water so you need to keep a close eye on how much moisture is in the soil so you don’t overwater it. We tend to go with a little butt often approach so the potting mix stays moist but not soggy.

<a href="/how-to-increase-humidity-for-your-houseplants/">Increase the humidity</a> with misting

Red Secret Alocasia plants are native to humid areas so will struggle if your home has dry air. This can especially be a problem over winter due to heating and less ventilation. Use a spray bottle to mist the leaves a few times per week or invest in a humidifier which will do wonders.

Room temperature is totally fine

One thing you don’t need to worry about when caring for Red Secret Alocasia is temperature. They will do just fine in the normal temp of your home.

Only fertilise during the growth period

If you choose to fertilise your Red Secret Alocasia then make sure you only do it in spring and summer. Use a water-soluble feed at half the recommended strength to avoid fertiliser burn.

Red Secret Alocasia are toxic to pets

You want to keep your Red Secret Alocasia away from any pets or small children as they are toxic when ingested.

Red Secret Alocasia Propagation

If you’re looking to propagate your Red Secret Alocasia then the best method to choose would be by division of a larger, more matured plant. By choosing to divide/ propagate when the plant is more mature you’re significantly more likely to have success and will also run less of a risk of damaging the existing parent plant.

How to Propagate a Red Secret Alocasia

The process for propagating your Red Secret Alocasia is really quite straightforward. Start by removing any pots and excess soil, a chopstick will often make this much easier and also allow you to be more careful with the root system.

You should be able to see separate rhizomes of the plant at this point, Red Secret Alocasia plants grow in new rhizomes which produce new stems to the plant. Gently separate these as best as possible, if you need to cut them make sure to use a sharp clean blade or pair of shears.

From that point the cuttings will simply need potting into some good quality potting mix, care for the cuttings just as you would for the more mature plants!

Red Secret Alocasia Care Starter Kit

We've put together this great little starter kit that includes all of the equipment and information you'll need to take proper care of your Red Secret Alocasia.

Red Secret Alocasia

Common Problems with your Red Secret Alocasia

Here are some common issues that you might run into. It's important to diagnose any issues early to give your plant the best chance of bouncing back.

There are a few causes of yellow leaves on a Red Secret Alocasia but the most common one is overwatering. Check the moisture levels in the soil and replace the potting mix if waterlogged. This will stop any further root rot and allow the plant to start to recover.

Other causes include: pest infestation, direct sunlight or fertiliser burn.

It can be quite common that an Red Secret Alocasia loses leaves as it grows. You should only ever be concerned if it is losing more leaves than it is growing as that is a sign something isn’t quite right. Check the soil to see whether over or underwatering is causing this. Alternatively, there may be pests who have made themselves at homes on your plant’s leaves.

Brown leaves on a Red Secret Alocasia often means watering issues, both too much and too little water. However, there are a few distinct differences to help you diagnose the issue and correct your watering pattern to prevent more brown leaves. If your Red Secret Alocasia is being overwatered, the leaves will often look quite dark brown in colour and brown patches will form across the leaves. An overwatered plant will also feel quite soft.

If you have been underwatering your Red Secret Alocasia, the leaves will be light brown in colour, often from the tips and edges inwards. They will look and feel crispy.

We also recommend taking your Red Secret Alocasia out of its pot to check if the soil is waterlogged (replace immediately if it is). To prevent more brown leaves from developing on your Red Secret Alocasia in future, adjust your watering schedule moving forward.

If your Red Secret Alocasia is drooping then this often means your plant is either overwatered or underwatered (confusing right!). Both extremes will damage the root system which means the stems will become soft and droopy.

If watering doesn’t seem to be the issue, your Red Secret Alocasia might also be drooping due to low light levels, low temperatures or shock from moving to a new spot.

Curling leaves are often the most difficult problem to diagnose because there are several factors that can cause them on Red Secret Alocasia. Leaves might be curling due to underwatering, low temperatures, pests, low humidity or overferitlisaiton.

We recommend going through each of the potential issues above, checking your plant, it’s soil and environment and hopefully you can find the right cause of the curling leaves.

Simple Red Secret Alocasia Care Requirements

It sometimes helps to take caring for your plants back to the basics, here's the key considerations that you should take into account when caring for your Alocasia cuprea.

These simple points should give you all you need to keep your plant happy and healthy for years to come.

Common NameRed Secret Alocasia
Latin NameAlocasia cuprea
LightBright Indirect Light
WaterWater Moderately
HumidityHigh Humidity
Soil TypePotting Soil

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