Acalypha is a tropical plant, grown as a houseplant, or as an annual outdoors in temperate zones. Some varieties are grown for their foliage, which can be multi-coloured, and some are grown for the often brightly-coloured catkin-like flowers. If grown outdoors the plants like full sun or part-shade, and fertile, moist but free-draining soil. Indoors they should be grown in a soil-less, free-draining compost in filtered light. ‘Acalypha wilkesiana’ has variegated leaves that are coloured with red, green, and yellow and its flowers can appear throughout the year. Acalypha wilkesiana is suitable for growing in a warm greenhouse or, in warmer climates, in a border, or as a specimen or hedging plant.

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It requires moist air.

Pests and Diseases:

It has no serious pest or disease problems.

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