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Baltimore, MD
Razche
Sep 19, 2020 8:12 PM CST
Hello All!
I got a Cuprea a month ago and everything looked good, it even just put out a new large leaf. Then suddenly the leaf started to curl and the older two leaves have started to droop. The curling leaf seems to open up and return to normal sometimes but then will go back to being curled. The curling doesnt seem to be in reaction to watering. It is in a slotted pot with a even mix of bark, perlite and soil. It gets bright but never direct light, however it is slightly above the brightest point in the room. The room stays at about 75 degress and 50-60% humidity. I have also noticed it dripping liquid off the leaf tip much more recently. Not sure if any of this is normal for an new leaf, but if it isn't what should I do about it? Thanks!
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Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
Region: Florida Tropicals Aroids
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Gina1960
Sep 19, 2020 8:33 PM CST
well....All I can say is....unless it is in a terrarium environment, ALocasia cuprea make very poor houseplants. I grow mine in a 75 gallon terrarium where they are essentially in semi-hydro. They are very happy, have a nice full spectrum grow light and excellent air movement. The regularly produce offsets that I harvest and put out in my greenhouse.

Not every plant is meant to be a houseplant. Cuprea is a rather finicky jewel alocasia.
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amaedd
Sep 29, 2020 1:48 AM CST
Hello i also have the same issue with my alocasia cuprea, the leaf is curled up but the other one is fine. I live in a tropical country and placed them outdoor with an indirect sunlight.. Can this leaf get back to its normal shape? what should i do to it? thank you 🥺
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Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
Region: Florida Tropicals Aroids
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Gina1960
Sep 29, 2020 5:52 AM CST
Take your hand and gently turn it inside out.
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Baltimore, MD
Razche
Sep 30, 2020 3:06 PM CST
Thanks for the advice Gina! Unfortunately I don't have a terrarium so I'm trying to do my best without one.
amaedd please listen to anything Gina says over me. My year with a couple plants doesn't compare to her level of experience. Having said that (and I don't know if you are even having the same issue as me) here is what I did:
I replanted the cuprea in 30% bark, 30% perlite, 20% peat and 20% potting soil. Then I moved it to a south facing window where it gets a few hours of barely veiled direct sunlight everyday. The new leaf opened up and the two older leaves even perked up. I cant speak to how happy it will be long-term, but for now it looks content.
Good luck!
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