Acalypha Hispida has long catkin-like trails of crimson flowers. They flower from April to October. Species of Acalyphas are the Acalypha Wilkesiana Copper Leaf, the Acalypha Wilkesiana Godseffiana and the Acalypha Hispida New Guinea.
2-3 times a week in Spring and Summer, once a week in Winter with sufficient water to prevent compost from drying out.
Every 14 days in Spring and Summer with liquid houseplant food.
Cut old plants back to 12 inches just above a leaf in early Spring and re-pot into 5 inches pot.
Take 3-4 inches tip cutting in early Spring to late Spring. Dip cuttings in rooting powder. Use seed and cutting compost and a heated propagator.
Acalyphas like hot and humid conditions. Stand pot on moist gravel tray. Cut back by half in Spring to encourage the production of new shoots. It develops yellow leaves, especially if it hasn't been regularly watered.
The more you prune the plant in Spring the more branches it will form.
Do not use leaf-shine and do not spray on flowers. In inadequate light, they tend to become spindly and fail to produce flowers. Keep careful watch for mealy bugs and red spider mites.
Use indoors to decorate on table tops and windowsills. They are useful for lounge or dining room. They are also beautiful in hanging basket.
High, spray every 2 days until flowers start to form.
Well drained potting compost.
Watering is necessary when transplanting, but be careful not to over water.