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  • Colorful Foliage
  • Light Preference/Tolerated (Bright Indirect Light, Medium Light)
  • Average Watering Needs
  • Mature Height 6 Inches
  • Pet Safe

In need of a petite attraction that’s a pleasant distraction from your stress at work or home? Pink Star Cryptanthus, also known as Cryptanthus 'Pink Star', Cryptanthus bivittatus (Hook.) Regel, and Earth Star, is an unusual, slow-growing, herbaceous perennial. This adorable star-shaped evergreen’s foliage, a mélange of variegated green and cherry red hues, is certain to entice. Nontoxic to people and pets, this monocarpic and humidity-tolerant bromeliad can be maintained in any room without caution. Low maintenance and delightful, this diversion is perfect for new gardeners who don’t have a lot of free time on their hands but want something appealing to view. 

Best Locations For Growing Pink Earth Star Plant

Pink Star Cryptanthus grows best if provided medium to bright indirect. This cute perennial also prefers average temperatures and high humidity. Temperatures should ideally be kept around 65°F to 75°F while a comfortable humidity range is 50%-60%. A brightly bathroom might most closely resemble the tropical paradise these bromeliads prefer. And? Since Pink Star Cryptanthus is nontoxic to people and pets, you don’t need to worry if little hands and paws have access to the room in which you choose to maintain this lovely house plant.

Pink Earth Star Plant Sunlight Requirements

This evergreen does best if provided medium to bright indirect light. Avoid direct light, however, due to the possibility of the light fading this plant’s variegated hues.

Pink Earth Star Plant Care

Pink Star Cryptanthus requires well-draining soil that is slightly acidic to slightly alkaline with a pH range of 6.1 to 7.8. To prevent fungal disease, a good houseplant potting soil with some peat moss and perlite/sand added is recommended. Low maintenance, this bromeliad neither requires frequent pruning or repotting. Simply remove dead or damaged leaves as necessary.  Finally, since this plant lives for only a few years, you can use offsets to propagate it, thereby creating a lifelong opportunity to enjoy this species without ever buying another plant. 

Watering Pink Earth Star Plant

This mesic bromeliad needs to be watered often during the summer but infrequently during the winter. Pink Star Cryptanthus does not enjoy sitting in soggy soil, so conduct a moisture check prior to watering. Simply insert your finger an inch or so beneath the soil, and water if dry.

Feeding Pink Star Cryptanthus

During the spring, you can feed Pink Star Cryptanthus a balanced water-soluble fertilizer, but avoid fertilizing this perennial during the months of summer and autumn.

Pink Earth Star Plant Information

Light Exposure: Bright Indirect Light, Medium Light
Care Requirements: Easy
Watering Requirements: Average - When the top 2 inches of the soil dries out.
Pet Friendly: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Air Purifier: Low
Habit: Mounded
Growth Rate: Slow
Mature Height: 6 inches
Mature Spread: 10-12 inches
Flowering: Yes
Flower Color(s): Pink, White
Flower Shade/Description: White or Pink (But Generally Grown for Foliage)
Foliage Type: Variegated
Foliage Color(s): Green, Orange, Pink, Purple, Red, Silver
Foliage Description: Green, Orange, Pink, Purple, Red, Silver, Variegated
Temperature: 60° - 85°F (16° - 29°C)
Humidity: Native - Humid
Common Name: Pink Star Cryptanthus
Other Name(s): Earth Star Bromeliad, Pink Star Bromeliad
Scientific Name: Cryptanthus 'Pink Star'
Plant Type: House Plant

Container Sizes

Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.

4.5 Pot

4.5" Pot
 Also Known As:
   4.5" Container

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months
 Plant Size:
   ~ 3"-6"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.5"H x 3.75"W
   1.42 quarts

Quart Pot

Quart Pot
 Also Known As:

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months - 1 year
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Known As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

#1 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 10"-14"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 7"H x 7.75"W
   2.26-3.73 quarts

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 3 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 - 4 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
   2.32-2.76 gallons

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Winter to Early Spring

We ship only when it's warm enough to plant in your growing zone.
Sometimes plants aren't completely ready to sell and ship in early spring. We will wait until the plants are ready before shipping so you don't get a subpar product.
For Southern plants we will be able to ship much earlier than plants coming from our northern nursery.


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Standard Colors: 2-3 business days

Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

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