How to grow Cryptanthus bivittatus

Cryptanthus bivittatus growing leaf plant bromeliads of the genus Cryptanthus also known as Starfish Plant or Earth Star, Cryptanthus bivittatus perennial evergreen used as ornamental plant, can grow in subtropics, mediterranean, tropic climate or as houseplant and growing in hardiness zone 10+.

Leaves color can be: green, pink, red, orange, purple, white, yellow, can be more than one color, with darker line in the middle, leaf linear and sharp in the edge, leaves grow in rosette structure.

Cryptanthus bivittatus flower

Flower color green or white, the flowers grow in the inner part of the plant in crown structure.

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Requirements for Cryptanthus bivittatus growing and care:

More than 3C, well-drained soil, humidity, moist, slightly acid soil

What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seed / Vegetative reproduction

Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?
Yes to get the same cultivars

Difficulties or problems when growing:

Planting season:
Spring / Summer / Autumn

Pests and diseases:

Pruning season:
All year

How to prune:
Dead leaves

Size of the plant?
5-20 cm, 2-8 inches

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Medium growing / Slow growing

Water requirement:
Average amount of water

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Shade

Is it possible to grow as houseplant?

Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:

Blooming information

Bloom season:
Summer / Autumn

General information about the flower
Green or white, the flowers grow in the inner part of the plant in crown structure

Scientific name:

Cryptanthus bivittatus

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