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Feb 19, 2017 4:11 PM CST
I just received a bromeliad plant for Valentines Day. As far as I can tell the common name for it is pink star. All I really want to know is how to care for it. We are winter residents of Arizona and summer residents of Minnesota. How much water does it need and sunshine in both places? Can it be planted in Az.? In the sun or shade? Thank you.

Name: Daisy I
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Feb 19, 2017 9:31 PM CST

Pink Star Bromeliad - Earth Star - Cryptanthus sp.

They are terrestrial tropicals that live under the canopy of large trees in a jungle. So... lots of humidity, indirect light, heat. I've had one growing in my GH for a couple years. Its very happy but... humidity, indirect light, heat.

Arizona in the yard? Nope.
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Name: Karen
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Feb 20, 2017 11:17 AM CST
I'm trying some in my Phoenix area yard. I'm putting them in the shade where they'll get water daily during the worst of the summer. I have no idea if it will work. It's just an experiment because I love them. I also have some in my NM greenhouse and they are very happy there.
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Name: Elaine
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Feb 20, 2017 11:30 AM CST
But Cryptanthus aren't as tolerant of dry heat and bright light as Aechmea, Karen. Daisy is right that Dstahja's brom will probably not survive in AZ.

The other thing to remember with all broms is that they feed through their leaves, and the roots mainly just anchor the plant. So in warm weather, a tiny bit of fertilizer added to a spray bottle and sprayed on the leaves will make them pretty happy. Note "tiny bit". Whenever you do water it, make sure the water goes on the leaves and in the cup, not just on the soil.

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Name: Karen
NM (Zone 7b)
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Feb 20, 2017 11:34 AM CST
Thanks, Elaine. I'm always pushing zones and trying strange things. Sometimes it's successful but I've had lots of failures too. You're probably right about the Cryptanthus.
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Name: Lin
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Feb 20, 2017 11:54 AM CST
Hi Dstahja, Welcome!

Can you post a photo of your new plant so that we can be certain of which one it actually is? The Cryptanthus Bromeliad is often referred to as "Earth Star" and some are quite pink in color when grown in high light but I've also heard people refer to Urn Plant (Aechmea fasciata) as "Pink Star".

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Name: Will Creed
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Feb 20, 2017 1:08 PM CST
Bromeliads are epiphytes and in nature they grow with their roots attached to tree branches. In their natural habitats, regular rains provide water and nutrients that are absorbed by the roots and the leaves. However, when they are potted up, their roots do more than just provide an anchor. Bromeliad roots adapt by absorbing more water and nutrients for the plant. If the potting media is kept properly hydrated, the leaves do not require water, high humidity or nutrients.
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