Houseplants forum: Planting cryptanthus pups

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Jul 2, 2018 9:25 AM CST
I've pulled off four pups from my "pink star" cryptanthus and a video I had seen on a gardening blog suggested you need to peel off some of the lower leaves and then let the pups "heal off" for about a month before potting them. I followed the advise to pull off some of the leaves to create a stem, but the stem shriveled down to almost nothing in about a day (see photo).
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1) Do I need to still wait before planting these?
2) Are these even still likely to take after the stems have dried up like this?

Thanks in advance!

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Jul 2, 2018 9:37 AM CST
I'm no expert, but when I've pulled off pups, I plant them up right away. I'd say 4 out of 5 have rooted very quickly and grew well.

I'd go ahead and plant what you have. It's worth a try. Good luck!
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Jul 2, 2018 10:10 AM CST
I've always immediately potted up Earth Star (Cryptanthus) pups. They aren't like cactus and succulents so don't have to sit out for any length of time before potting. When potting little offsets, it's good to be certain you have a well draining potting medium rather than something that retains a lot of moisture. I'd suggest gently sticking them into slightly damp soil and keep them in a bright but shady location for awhile; they may lose the pretty pink shades but once established and slowly acclimated to higher light levels, the pink will return. Be really, really careful with watering so that they don't rot.

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Jul 4, 2018 7:23 AM CST
Thanks for the responses. I thought the idea of letting the pups sit for a month didn't seem quite right. I've peeled of a few more lower leaves to expose more fresh "root" and trimmed off the dried up stem in order to plant them, so we'll see how it goes.
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Jul 6, 2018 5:06 PM CST
i have tried rooting my pups in moist perlite last oct, tented inside a plastic clam-shell. they refused to root for sev months. then i read up on the subject and the advice was to put them in slightly moistened long fiber sphagnum moss and leave them tented in a transparent clam-shell (like where they put greens in a supermarket) - so i tranferred them in march. one was almost totally dried up. and they both took and are doing well. i added the 3rd pup in may, it is growing roots too. here they all are in the clam-shell, the latest pup is pinkish on the top right.
the sphag stays moist for a very long time, i add a few drops may be ev 3 weeks.
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