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Cryptanthus tiger, Earthstar tiger lily- Plant

Cryptanthus tiger, Earthstar tiger lily- Plant
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The variability of shapes, colors, and patterns, plus their adaptability to a wide range of growing conditions, make Cryptanthus a favourite of plant lovers around the world.
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Cryptanthus tiger, Earthstar tiger lily Plant
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4 inch Grower Round Plastic Pot (Black)

Description for Cryptanthus tiger, Earthstar tiger lily

Plant height: 4 - 7 inches
Plant spread: 4 - 6 inches

The plants have low-spreading rosettes of six to 20 leaves. Most grow in shady moist areas, some grow in rocky terrain, a few grow in full sun. They are dependent on their root system for water supply, since they do not store in their centres. A very few are succulent and can store water in their leaves.

Common name(s): Earth Stars, Cryptanthus tiger, Earthstar tiger lily
Flower colours: Pinkish white flowers.
Bloom time: All year round.
Max reacahble height: -
Difficulty to grow:: Easy to grow

Planting and care

Cryptanthus will root easily in potting medium. Make a small depression, insert the pup s small stem and press the mixture firmly around it. Pot no deeper than the base of the first leaf. Stake the plant if necessary to keep it from rocking back and forth. It is essential for the plant to be secure for an extra fast start and good growth. Bottom heat may speed root development in colder climates. Place the newly potted plant in a favorable location and water it as one would a mature plant.

Sunlight: For maximum color in most Cryptanthus, bright diiffused light is necessary.
Soil: The growing medium should be a loose, porous mixture.
Water: Moderately
Temperature: 20 to 30 degrees C
Fertilizer: Use dilute solutions, even to a quarter of the recommended strength. Any even balanced fertilizer works well (14-14-14, 10-10-10, etc.) A time-released granular fertilizer combined into the potting mix for newly planted offsets show excellent results.

Caring for Cryptanthus tiger

    Too much light will cause bleached spots on the foliage or a leathery, stressed look to the plant. In extreme cases, sunburn spots or holes will occur. On the other extreme, weak foliage and greening of color suggests that the plant needs more light.

Typical uses of Cryptanthus tiger

Special features: In order to maximize growth, Cryptanthus should be fertilized. Cryptanthus will thrive on any balanced fertilizer such as 10-10-10 or 14-14-14. It is important, however, to significantly dilute the solution down to a quarter of the strength recommended.
This highly diluted solution can be used every time you water. The Cryptanthus Society recommends using a time release granular fertilizer when first planting pups.

Ornamental use: Cryptanthus should always be growing as potted plants. They are excellent plants for terrariums. attractive foliage in pots, accent plants

References

  • http://www.bssf-miami.org/what-is-a-cryptanthus.htm
  • http://www.greenpatio.com/plantdatabase/cryptanthus.shtml
  • http://fcbs.org/cryptanthussociety/CS_CultureSheet.pdf

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