How To Propagate Copper Plant?

Are you a proud owner of a stunning Copper Plant (Acalypha wilkesiana) and wish to expand your collection or share its beauty with friends and family? Well, you’re in luck because propagating a Copper Plant can be a rewarding experience. In this article, I’ll share my extensive knowledge and experience in houseplant care to guide you through the various propagation methods for this striking plant.How To Propagate Copper Plant?

Copper Plant Propagation Basics:

Before we dive into the nitty-gritty of each propagation method, let’s take a moment to understand the basics. Here’s a quick overview in table format:

Method Time for Propagation Working Time Total Time Difficulty Level Materials Required
Stem Cuttings 4-6 weeks 15 minutes 4-6 weeks Easy Pruning shears, rooting hormone, potting mix
Air Layering 8-12 weeks 30 minutes 8-12 weeks Moderate Sphagnum moss, plastic wrap, rooting hormone
Division Spring or early summer 30 minutes 30 minutes Easy Pruning shears, new pots, potting mix

Now that we have a basic understanding let’s explore each Copper Plant propagation method in detail.

Propagation Methods:

  1. Stem Cuttings:

    Stem cuttings are one of the most common and easiest methods to propagate Copper Plants. Here’s how to do it:

    • Step 1: Using clean pruning shears, select a healthy stem with at least two nodes (where leaves and branches originate).
    • Step 2: Make a clean cut just below a node and remove any leaves from the lower part of the cutting.
    • Step 3: Dip the cut end in rooting hormone to promote root development.
    • Step 4: Plant the cutting in a well-draining potting mix, ensuring the node is buried.
    • Step 5: Place the pot in indirect sunlight, keep the soil consistently moist, and within 4-6 weeks, you should see roots forming.


    • Easy and accessible method.
    • High success rate.
    • Ideal for sharing and gifting Copper Plants.


    • Takes a few weeks to establish roots.
  2. Air Layering:

    Air layering is a bit more complex but results in a well-established plant with roots. Here’s how to do it:

    • Step 1: Choose a healthy stem and make a small incision in the middle of the stem, about one-third of the way through.
    • Step 2: Apply rooting hormone to the incision.
    • Step 3: Wrap the incision with damp sphagnum moss and cover it with plastic wrap.
    • Step 4: Secure the moss and plastic with twine or rubber bands.
    • Step 5: After 8-12 weeks, you should see roots forming. Cut the stem below the rooted section and plant it in a pot.


    • Results in a well-established plant.
    • Suitable for larger Copper Plants.


    • Longer propagation time.
    • Requires more materials and patience.
  3. Division:

    Division is a straightforward method best suited for mature Copper Plants. Here’s how to do it:

    • Step 1: Gently remove the Copper Plant from its pot and shake off excess soil.
    • Step 2: Using clean pruning shears, divide the plant into sections, ensuring each section has both roots and stems.
    • Step 3: Repot each section into a new pot with fresh potting mix.


    • Quick and simple.
    • Ideal for rejuvenating an overgrown Copper Plant.


    • Limited to mature plants.
    • Each division may take time to recover.


Propagating a Copper Plant can be a delightful journey, allowing you to share the beauty of this stunning houseplant with others. Whether you choose stem cuttings, air layering, or division, each method has its advantages and can be a rewarding experience for any plant enthusiast. Remember to be patient, provide proper care, and watch your new Copper Plants thrive.

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