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Description

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.

Sr Item name
1 Cryptanthus neon, Earthstar neon - Plant
2 4 inch (10 cm) Grower Round Plastic Pot (Black)

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.

Plant Specifications

Plant Height 9 inch (23 cm)
Plant Spread 6 inch (15 cm)
*above specification are indicative only. actual dimensions may vary by +-10%
Common Name Earth Stars
Flower Colour Pinkish white flowers.
Bloom Time All year round.
Difficulty Level Easy.

Planting and care

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.

Cryptanthus neon 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.
Watering They must be kept damp for best growth. It should never be allowed to totally dry out.
Soil The growing medium should be a loose, porous mixture.
Temperature 60 to 85 degrees F
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.) Atime-released granular fertilizer combined into the potting mix for newly planted offsets show excellentresults.

Cryptanthus neon special feature

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.

Cryptanthus neon uses

Ornamental Use:

  • Cryptanthus should always be growing as potted plants
  • They are excellent plants for terrariums
  • attractive foliage in pots, accent plants

It contains

SrItem name
1Cryptanthus neon, Earthstar neon - Plant
24 inch (10 cm) Grower Round Plastic Pot (Black)

Frequently Asked Questions

Do Cryptanthus need sun?

Most Cryptanthus prefer indirect bright light / Artificial bright light.

How to plant Cryptanthus?

1. To grow Cryptanthus in pot, choose a pot having of 4-inch upper diameter and drainage holes. 2. Fill the 1/3 pot with well-drained soil rich in organic content and place the plant in the center of the pot. 3. Fill the remaining pot with same soil. 4. Keep the plant in Natural indirect bright light / Artificial bright light location. 5. Once the plant is overgrown in current pot, plant it in field. If you are planting purchased plant directly in ground follow the below procedure. 1. Keep the plant in Natural indirect bright light / Artificial bright light. 2. Dig a pit twice the size of the bag/pot the current plant is in. 3. Fill the 1/3 of pit with soil rich in organic content, place the plant in center and fill the pit with same soil. 4. Apply water General caring tips Plant should get indirect bright light / Artificial bright light. Water the plant when surface soil (3-4 inches) feels dry to touch. Apply any organic fertilizer during the main growing(spring) season(February-March).

Is Cryptanthus a succulent?

Yes Cryptanthus is a succulent plant.

Can Cryptanthus grow in shade?

Yes, it will also grow where it will get indirect bright light / Artificial bright light.

How to water Cryptanthus?

1. Before water poke your finger/plain small stick into the soil to check the moisture. Water when topsoil (3-4 inches) feels dry to touch. Water thoroughly in the summer and reduce watering in winter and rainy season.

How to propagate Cryptanthus?

You can propagate Cryptanthus from pups and cuttings. Consider the following points to propagate through pups 1. Remove the pups from the main parent plant. 2. Dry pups for around 3 days before planting it. 3. Use a pot having a 4-inch upper diameter and drainage holes. 4. Fill the pot with well-drained soil rich in organic content. 5. Place a pup in the soil, and don does not push it inside the soil too much. Only 1/4 of the stem should be under the soil and water it. 6. Keep the pot at a location receiving indirect bright light.

How to grow Cryptanthus?

Plant is grown by pups and cuttings. Consider the following points to grow plant.  1. Sunlight- Indirect bright light / Artificial bright light is required.  2. Soil- Soil or potting mixture should be well drained, fertile and nutrient rich. 3. Water- Water the plant when 3-4 inch surface soil layer feels dry to touch.  4. Fertilizer - Apply any organic fertilizer during the main growing season. Note - For further details check the product description on nurserylive.com 

Cryptanthus plant care?

Make sure your plant is getting enough amount of Indirect bright light / Artificial bright light, No need to water it daily, water it when the upper layer of the soil(3-4 inches) feels dry to touch. avoid overwatering. so drainage is important to prevent rot. Check the drainage hole to allow excess water to escape. Protect your plant from a cold climate by keeping it in a mildly warm and dry location. Feed it with any organic nitrogen-rich fertilizer once a month.

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