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**Alocasia cuprea 'Red Secret'** is a striking houseplant known for its metallic, red-tinged leaves. Here are some care tips to help your Alocasia 'Red Secret' thrive:

### Light
- **Bright, Indirect Light**: This plant prefers bright, indirect light. Direct sunlight can scorch the leaves, while too little light can cause leggy growth.
- **Filtered Light**: Place it near a north or east-facing window. If placed in a south or west-facing window, use sheer curtains to diffuse the light.

### Watering
- **Moderate Watering**: Keep the soil consistently moist but not soggy. Allow the top 1-2 inches of soil to dry out between waterings.
- **Avoid Overwatering**: Overwatering can lead to root rot. Ensure the pot has good drainage to prevent water from accumulating at the bottom.
- **Use Room Temperature Water**: Cold water can shock the roots, so use room temperature water.

### Humidity
- **High Humidity**: Alocasia 'Red Secret' thrives in high humidity, ideally around 60-80% or higher.
- **Increase Humidity**: Use a humidifier, place the plant on a tray with wet pebbles, or mist the leaves regularly. Grouping plants together can also help raise humidity levels.

### Temperature
- **Warm Temperatures**: Ideal temperatures range from 65-80°F (18-27°C). Avoid exposing the plant to temperatures below 60°F (15°C) and keep it away from drafts, heaters, and air conditioners.

### Soil
- **Well-Draining Soil**: Use a light, well-draining potting mix. A mix of peat moss, perlite, and regular potting soil works well. Adding orchid bark or coconut coir can also improve drainage.

### Fertilization
- **Balanced Fertilizer**: Feed with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer every 4-6 weeks during the growing season (spring and summer).
- **Reduce Fertilization in Winter**: Fertilize less frequently during the fall and winter months when the plant's growth slows down.

### Pruning and Maintenance
- **Regular Pruning**: Remove any dead, damaged, or yellowing leaves to maintain the plant's appearance and encourage new growth.
- **Clean Leaves**: Wipe the leaves occasionally with a damp cloth to remove dust and keep the plant healthy.

### Repotting
- **Repot Every 1-2 Years**: Repot the plant every 1-2 years or when it becomes root-bound. Choose a pot that is only slightly larger than the current one.
- **Refresh the Soil**: Repotting also provides an opportunity to refresh the soil and provide new nutrients.

### Pests and Diseases
- **Watch for Pests**: Common pests include spider mites, aphids, and mealybugs. Treat infestations promptly with insecticidal soap or neem oil.
- **Prevent Diseases**: Ensure good air circulation and proper watering practices to prevent fungal diseases like root rot and leaf spot. Avoid getting water on the leaves to prevent fungal infections.

By following these care tips, your Alocasia cuprea 'Red Secret' should thrive and bring a touch of exotic beauty to your indoor space.

Alocasia cuprea 'Red Secret'

SKU: AloCupRedSec
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