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How to successfully grow copper leaf

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Copper Leaf

The copper leaf plant is a garden shrub that comes in an array of colours this garden beauty is a native of the South Pacific Islands and also goes by the name of Jacob’s Coat or the Fire Dragon. What I love about copper leaf is that the colour is in the leaves which means you can have constant colours throughout your garden and landscapes year round which is a great benefit. I have worked with these plants on many garden projects. The variegated leaves of the copper leaf can really give that WOW, as for me my favourite colour is the dark red which is really amazing. This garden beauty can grow anywhere from 6-10 ft.

If you are searching for a plant which can add dazzling colours which is a garden favourite of many homeowners then the copper leaf is the plant for you, so continue reading this post and discover how to successfully grow the copper leaf that has made its mark among garden plants.

Things you will need to know

  • Planting Location
  • Soil Type
  • Watering Methods
  • Fertilizing Methods
  • Garden insect pest of the copper leaf
  • Disease of the copper leaf
  • Ideas where to install the copper leaf

Planting Location

The planting location of the copper leaf should be an area that gets full sun although it will thrive in partial shade.

Soil Type

The soil of the copper leaf should be a soil that is organic rich but drains well. Adding compost or organic soil mix will help to build or condition your soil.

Watering Methods

The soil of the copper leaf should be somewhat moist and not waterlogged.

Fertilizing Methods

It is best to fertilize your copper leaf once every three months with a liquid feed fertilizer. Before applying fertilizers read and follow the manufacturer’s label because the label is the law.

Garden insect pest of the copper leaf

There are a few garden insect pests of the copper leaf to keep an eye out for, these garden insect pests are.

  • Mites
  • Scales
  • Aphids
  • Whiteflies

To identify these garden insect pests follow this link, pest control methods. The use of insecticidal soap will bring these insect pests under control.

Disease of the copper leaf

When it comes to disease I can honestly say that I have never had any issues, but be aware however that over watering can and will lead to root rot so remember to give your copper leaves the right amount of water.

Pruning your copper leaf

There are so many benefits to pruning such as controlling a plants growth and spread. Because the copper leave can grow pretty large it is best to keep a pruner on hand to ensure that your copper leaf keeps its natural form. Selective pruning will help in keeping your copper leaf plant nicely formed and growing healthy.

Where to install the copper leaf

  • Can be grown as a hedge
  • Will make a good backdrop for your garden
  • Installing copper leaf along patios and porches can give that wow
  • Can be installed as a centrepiece or a specimen plant
  • Dose well installed along garden walkways
  • Looks great planted along fences
  • Growing them along your wall is a great idea
  • Container grown copper leaf is great also

Container grown copper leaf

Growing copper leaf in a container is pretty cool.  Copper leaves that are grown in containers can be moved around to protect plants from the winter frost and other adverse condition or for aesthetic purposes. When growing copper leaf in a container use, a soil that has good drainage but is rich with organic as was discussed above.

The containers or decorative pots should have drain holes to all water to drain. Keep the soil somewhat moist, allow the soil to dry out between watering and then give your copper leaf a good drink. Fertilize as stated earlier and keep an eye out for garden insect pest that was also mentioned above and remember to place your container in a location that gets full or partial sun.

Growing copper leaf indoors

Growing copper leaf indoors can be a challenge because these garden shrubs need bright indirect light to keep them growing at their best. Using an organic soil mix that has good drainage is a must. The container that is used should be large enough so your copper leaf can sit comfortably.

The container should have drain holes and a saucer so water that drains can be collected. Empty the saucer that collects this water. Keeping the soil somewhat moist is a must, fertilize with a liquid fertilizer once a month and follow the manufacturer’s label on how to fertilize. In the case of insect, pests issues follow as directed above.

Keeping your copper leaf nicely pruned will control the growth and spread of your plant. Your pruner should be kept nice and sharp to provide nice smooth clean cuts.

The final word

Making the copper leaf a part of your garden or landscape will give your garden the boost that it needs. This beautiful shrub can work wonders, I have used many of them in garden designs. So if you are looking for a plant that will provide you with beautiful colours year round then give the copper leaf a try.