CRYPTANTHUS ELAINE

 

  • Known as: Pink Starlite
  • Place of origin: Brazil
  • Description: Belongs to Bromeliaceae family.  Leaves are in rosettes that grow to 12-20cm wide.  The color is intense pink over dark brown, with silver crossbars in a 'turkey feather' pattern. This variety grows vigorously.
  • Grow best: Needs bright light to diffused light conditions to grow well. Otherwise leaves fade to pale yellow. Moist atmosphere desired but do not overwater or plant roots will rot. Well-draining mix of 4 parts Coco peat, 1 part vermiculite, 1 part perlite, 1 part  clay aggregate and 1 part composted cow manure will be ideal. A slow-release fertilizer combined in the potting mix is recommended. Propagate from offsets or pups which can be easily rooted. Cut the pup when half the size of the mother plant.
  • Use: Small offsets are ideal for terrariums. Mature plants look well in imaginative containers.