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Cryptanthus (Elaine) Earth Star, Starfish - Plant

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Cryptanthus is a genus of plants found in the Bromeliaceae family and they only grow terrestrially.
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Plant height : 0.5 feet (+/- 20%)
The plant is potted in 4 inch plastic Pot
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Description for Cryptanthus (Elaine) Earth Star, Starfish

They are ideal for indoor growth but can also grow well outdoors in many moderate climates. Cryptanthus has a more developed root system than the other bromeliads. Cryptanthus the only flower once during their lifetime. Almost all Cryptanthus have small, delicate white flowers near their leaves.

Common name Flower colours Bloom time Height Difficulty
Earth Stars, Starfish plant White Summer Up to 1 foot Easy to grow

Planting and care

Earth Stars will thrive when potted in a medium that maintains some moisture. Sometime a healthy plant may produce pups, exact clones of the mother plant, that can be removed and then potted in their own growing medium. If kept in a pot, the pot should be wider than deeper as the roots like to grow.

Sunlight Soil Water Temperature Fertilizer
Partial shade, Indirect sunlight Well-drained soil Medium 60 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit Use any balanced organic fertilizer.

Caring for Cryptanthus

  • Keep the plant moist and in humid conditions.
  • Mulch, when the weather becomes colder, can protect the roots during the winter.
  • It can survive above 37 degrees C as long as it is kept moist by humidifiers, manually misting water.
  • Avoid hot and harsh direct sunlight.
  • If your plant seems stressed and bleached or sunburned marks appear then move your bromeliad to a spot with less direct sunlight.
  • Look for mealybugs and scale, can usually be controlled through manual removal or swabbing with rubbing alcohol.

Harvesting

NA

Typical uses of Cryptanthus

Special features: The plant has an interesting color of foliage with bands.

Culinary use: NA

Ornamental use: The plant is highly preferred for the gardens as the foliage is beautiful.

Medicinal use: NA

References

  • http://www.bromeliads.info/cryptanthus-earth-stars/
  • http://stokestropicals.plants.com/Cryptanthus-Elaine-P542.aspx

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