Ask a Question forum: Help please! Cryptanthus plant

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DragonSoul44
Jan 10, 2018 2:16 PM CST
Okay so, I don't do a ton of gardening yet but I've always been intrigued by these plants and figured I'd give a single one a shot before doing a full garden... But now, here comes the questions that I was bound to have eventually.

I think it was about a year ago, I got a Cryptanthus plant and was told the care for it was in full shade... It's lost most of its pink at this point, and I've read that it needs strong, but filtered light. How does this work? Where would be a good spot to set this up? I'd like to keep these guys inside if at all possible.

In addition... I see a new growth at the top... Is that a pup? Or just the plant growing a little more?

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Any help would be very much appreciated!
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DaisyI
Jan 10, 2018 2:40 PM CST
Welcome!

I can understand your confusion. Full shade means that there will be no shadows while strong but filtered light is as close to sun as you can get without the sun part.

Those are bloom stalks. Cryptanthus bloom once and die. But while the flowers are developing and blooming, new little offsets will start growing under your plant. After the "mother" plant dies, you can pot the offsets up separately or you can leave them in the pot.

Here is mine. It gets too much sun so the colors are washed out and I didn't remove the pups or the dead mother. Smiling
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plantladylin
Jan 10, 2018 2:57 PM CST
That looks like a faded bloom at the bottom in the photo of your Earth Star (Cryptanthus bivittatus) but the top one may be a pup forming. I've had plants produce pups from the top, as shown below ... and another close up of a bloom:
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DragonSoul44
Jan 10, 2018 3:39 PM CST
Okay, so what would be the best route to take? Should I wait and see what happens with it? It seems like whether or not it is a pup would be a little unclear as of currently.

If it does turn out to be a pup, what would it look like? And what should I do with it for best results? I do love this plant so it'd be cool to keep a pup around and watch it grow.
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Jan 10, 2018 3:45 PM CST
Your best route is the wait and see one. There's nothing you can do to hurry the process along so find it a brighter location and enjoy.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

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Name: Lin
Florida Zone 9b, 10a

Region: United States of America Deer Region: Florida Charter ATP Member Million Pollinator Garden Challenge I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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plantladylin
Jan 10, 2018 4:01 PM CST
I agree, just let the plant do it's thing except give it bright light and ... watch and wait. Smiling
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