Alocasia 'Red Secret' | Alocasia cuprea ‘Red Secret’

Alocasia 'Red Secret' | Alocasia cuprea ‘Red Secret’

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More than your garden variety houseplant, the Alocasia Cuprea, or ‘Red Secret,’ is a rare ornamental beauty and a great addition to any home or workspace. Growing pot size: 10cm Key Information Other common names: Alocasia Cuprea, ‘Red Secret,’ ‘Mirror Plant’ Care Level: Medium to difficult Light: Bright, indirect light...
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Alocasia 'Red Secret' | Alocasia cuprea ‘Red Secret’

More than your garden variety houseplant, the Alocasia Cuprea, or ‘Red Secret,’ is a rare ornamental beauty and a great addition to any home or workspace.

Growing pot size: 10cm

Key Information

  • Other common names: Alocasia Cuprea, ‘Red Secret,’ ‘Mirror Plant’
  • Care Level: Medium to difficult
  • Light: Bright, indirect light
  • Water: Prefers evenly moist soil
  • Pet Friendly: No

Plant Overview

Add a splash of color to your foliage with the gorgeous Red Secret. Its iridescent leaves give it an almost metallic tint, so it always appears vitalized and refreshed - not only that, but it can do the same for you!

Alocasia is a natural air purifier, filtering ground-water contaminants in the air inside, aiding a healthy home. Additionally, this Red Secret is so-named for its mystical colour-changing properties, meaning no two are the same. Simply set it in a pot or terrarium and watch it expand, catching the light with marvellous red, copper and green hues. 

Alocasia ‘Red Secret’ - Care Practices

  • Light: Bright indirect light. Leaves are sensitive and can burn easily from direct light or hot dry temperatures. Alocasias will move their leaves towards the light in undesirable low light levels.
  • Water: The thicker leaves of this alocasia indicate that it prefers to dry out ever so slightly before watering. The soil should be evenly damp after watering but not soaking.
  • Humidity: Prefers humidity between 55% – 75%. A lower relative humidity (RH) will cause the leaf edges to crisp up!
  • Temperature: Average from 18°C to 24°C
  • Fertilizer: Follow a monthly fertilizing schedule when the plant is actively growing. In most cases, this is in the spring and summer. Use a balanced fertilizer – this means a ratio of NPK that is all the same. Ex: 10-10-10.
  • Soil: Use a well-draining, high organic matter soil mix.
  • Propagation: Division or by separating corms
  • Repotting: Can be done every 12-18 months. Choose a pot that is 5cm larger in diameter than the original pot.
  • Cleaning Tip: Gently wipe down with a damp cloth to remove dust. Remove yellowing leaves right away.
  • Toxicity: Toxic. Keep plants away from children and pets.

Red Secret - Common Problems

My Red Secret is still looking small... 

Fear not! Alocasia plants are slow growers, but in time can grow to 1m tall with leaves up to 24cm long.

Why are my Red Secret’s leaves yellow?

This may be due to too much direct sunlight, which can cause scorching or color fading.

My Red Secret looks burnt!

This could also be a sign of too much direct sunlight, or a result of using fertilizer during colder winter months, as too much salt can accumulate in the soil and burn the leaves.

Signs of Overwatering

Soil becomes oversaturated.

Common Pests

Check for mealy bugs, scale, and spider mites.

What is the best environment for this plant?

Alocasias love a tropical climate, so sit near a humidifier and/or other plants (out of direct sun) for the best results.

Shipping and Returns

We can ship to anywhere within Canada. However, it may take longer for you to receive your products if you live in a remote region, such as the Eastern Provinces, especially as we ship from BC.

Please allow up to five business days for your plant to be delivered. If you live in one of the Eastern Provinces, this may take slightly longer, typically around seven business days.

Please also note that tax rates vary dependent on province. These too will be calculated at checkout to comply with provincial laws.

We are happy to return any defective items you may have received. Please get in touch with our customer service team at and they will be more than happy to assist!

If your item is found to be defective or damaged, you will be entitled to a full refund. In many cases, we will not require the item be delivered back to us, however, in some circumstances we may request that this it is. If this is the case, our customer service team will gladly help you through this process.

You should expect to receive your refund within four weeks of giving your package to the return shipper, however, in many cases you will receive a refund more quickly. This time period includes the transit time for us to receive your return from the shipper (5 to 10 business days), the time it takes us to process your return once we receive it (3 to 5 business days), and the time it takes your bank to process our refund request (5 to 10 business days).

Why Bloombox Club?

We started Bloombox Club with one intention. To deliver high-quality indoor plants to homes around the world. Our motivation? To introduce thousands to the calming and rejuvenating presence that having plantlife in the home brings. And what's more, we wanted to make this process as hassle-free and rewarding as possible.

Here are a few things that make this vision a reality.

  • High-Quality Canadian Plants: Our plants may have their origins around the world, yet they are all grown in our dedicated Canadian greenhouses in British Columbia, and to the highest of standards.
  • Unrivalled Customer Service: Our dedicated customer service team are ready to help! Send these plant-enthusiasts an email at
  • National Delivery Network: We believe that our plants should be available to every Canadian, that's why we deliver across the whole country, with no exception.

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