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Cryptanthus Bivittatus Pink Starlite


Cryptanthus Bivittatus Pink Starlite
5" Pot
Great for Terrariums

Cryptanthus is a genus of plants commonly referred to as Earth Stars or Starfish Plants, which are part of the Bromeliad family. These plants are known for their unique rosette-shaped foliage and often vibrant colors.

Guidelines for growing Cryptanthus:

  1. Light: Cryptanthus typically prefers bright, indirect light. They can tolerate some direct sunlight, but too much can scorch the leaves. Inadequate light may result in dull colors and elongated growth.

  2. Watering: Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Use a well-draining potting mix designed for epiphytic bromeliads. Water the plant at the base of the leaves, and ensure that the central cup (where the leaves meet) has water in it. Use room temperature water.

  3. Humidity: Cryptanthus plants appreciate high humidity. You can increase humidity by misting the plant or placing a tray of water near it. Avoid misting directly into the central cup to prevent water accumulation.

  4. Temperature: These plants generally prefer temperatures between 60°F to 80°F (15°C to 27°C). They are sensitive to cold temperatures and should be protected from frost.

  5. Soil: Use a well-draining bromeliad mix or a mix suitable for epiphytic plants. Cryptanthus are often epiphytic, meaning they grow on other surfaces like trees in their natural habitat.

  6. Fertilization: Feed Cryptanthus with a diluted, balanced liquid fertilizer during the growing season (spring and summer) every 2-4 weeks. Reduce or stop fertilizing during the dormant period in fall and winter.

  7. Container: Use containers with drainage holes to prevent waterlogging. The size of the pot should be appropriate for the size of the plant.

  8. Air Circulation: Provide good air circulation around the plant. This is important for preventing fungal issues and maintaining overall plant health.

*Note - Plant size and color may vary slightly based on season and availability.


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