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4in Cryptanthus 'Elaine'

4in Cryptanthus 'Elaine'

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  • Botanical Name: Cryptanthus 'Elaine'
  • Common Names: Earth Star Elaine
  • Description: This genus is in the Bromeliad family and is native to Brazil. It has bright pink and dark purple stripes with a highly contrasted white that is striated in the pattern. This is a stunning plant. The mature plant can reach over 18 inches in diameter and is an impressive sight to behold.
  • Ideally, keep your plant in an area with temperatures between 60-85°F. In the appropriate humidity, they can survive up to 100°F and down to 35°F, but extreme temperatures will stress the plant.
  • Find a spot in an east-, south-, or west-facing window with a sheer curtain. Place the plant within a few feet of the window.

    Your plant will tell you if it’s in the correct light exposure. Too little light and the leaves will lose color, turning a pale green. Too much light results in large white or yellow spots or yellow, dying leaves.

  • Plants in this genus need loose, loamy, water-retentive, well-draining potting soil. Look for potting soil that contains a combination of sand, moss, perlite, vermiculite, and loam. The right mix will usually be labeled “water retentive” or “moisture control.”
  • Only add water when the top two inches of soil have dried out.

    Earth stars need moderate to high relative humidity between 50-80%. Bathrooms or near the kitchen sink usually have higher humidity than the rest of the house. You can also use humidifiers to raise humidity or grow these plants in terrariums.

    Avoid placing them near heat or air vents, which can be drying.

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