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Cryptanthus: The Exotic Earth Star Plant

 

Cryptanthus, commonly known as Earth Star or Starfish Plant, is a unique and eye-catching member of the Bromeliad family. Originating from the rainforests of South America, Cryptanthus features striking foliage with intricate patterns and vibrant colors, making it a standout addition to any indoor plant collection. With its low-maintenance nature and exotic appearance, Cryptanthus is beloved by both experienced plant enthusiasts and beginners alike.

 

Care Instructions:

 

Light:

Place your Cryptanthus in bright, indirect light for optimal growth. While it can tolerate lower light conditions, avoid direct sunlight, as it may scorch the leaves. Rotate the plant occasionally to ensure even growth.

 

Watering:

Keep the soil evenly moist, but not waterlogged. Water your Cryptanthus thoroughly when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch, and allow excess water to drain away. Avoid standing water in the plant's center, as it can lead to rot.

 

Soil:

Plant your Cryptanthus in a well-draining potting mix specifically formulated for Bromeliads or orchids. A mixture of peat moss, perlite, and pine bark works well to provide adequate drainage and aeration.

 

Temperature:

Cryptanthus prefers temperatures between 16-27°C and high humidity levels. Avoid exposing it to temperatures below 10°C, as it may damage the plant.

 

Humidity:

Cryptanthus thrives in high humidity environments, making it an excellent choice for terrariums or bathrooms. Increase humidity levels by misting the plant regularly or placing a humidity tray filled with water and pebbles nearby.

 

Fertilizing:

Feed your Cryptanthus with a balanced liquid fertilizer diluted to half strength every 2-4 weeks during the growing season (spring and summer). Reduce fertilization frequency during the dormant season (fall and winter).

 

Pruning:

Trim any brown or yellowing leaves as needed to maintain the plant's appearance and encourage new growth. Remove any dead or spent flower stalks to promote flowering in the future.

 

Propagation:

Cryptanthus can be propagated by division or by collecting offsets (pups) produced around the base of the plant. Carefully separate the offsets from the parent plant and plant them in moist potting soil.

 

Toxicity:

Cryptanthus is non-toxic to cats, dogs, and humans, making it a safe choice for pet-friendly homes. However, ingestion may still cause mild stomach upset, so it's best to keep it out of reach of curious pets and children.

 

Pot size 6cm

*pot not included

Cryptanthus – earth star, starfish plant

£5.50Price

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