Plant Care Earth Stars

Earth Stars

4.7 out of 5 (17 experiences)

Earth Stars has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Earth Stars has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

Also known as

Dwarf Rose-Stripe Star, Pink Starlite, Starfish Plant, Star Plant and Vary-leaf star


Cryptanthus bivittatus

How to care for Earth Stars


How often to water your Earth Stars

Water needs for Earth Stars
0.5 cups
every 12

Earth Stars needs 0.5 cups of water every 12 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Earth Stars

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Earth Stars in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Earth Stars: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Earth Stars love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Earth Stars does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Earth Stars in your home 🏡.


How to fertilize Earth Stars

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Earth Stars: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Earth Stars after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Water Needs
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Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Earth Stars

Earth Stars

Earth Stars

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 12 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Earth Stars has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 8
Earth Stars has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 4
Earth Stars has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 3
Earth Stars has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 2
Earth Stars has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 1
Earth Stars has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 1
Earth Stars has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 1
R_l15748 avatar
leaf-1 39 Plants
xp 937 XP

Beautiful red color of the Bromeliad family. Keep moist, not soaked.

Cassrose avatar
leaf-1 43 Plants
xp 806 XP
globe New York

Pretty easy to maintain. Infrequent waterings and they can be in various light levels. Just trying to find the right spot to avoid bleaching of the color is difficult at least for me. She’s gone from vibrant color to fairly green.

Wormbrainz avatar
leaf-1 15 Plants
xp 186 XP
globe Limington, Maine

It doesn’t grow fast at all, could be my fault though. It’s not particularly striking but it’s good for a bathroom windowsill. Super low maintenance and hardy.

Browns easily Browns easily
Survivor Survivor
Natedrip avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 28 XP
globe Henrico, Virginia

Lots of sun makes it bright pinkish red

Survivor Survivor
Bbella avatar
leaf-1 30 Plants
xp 772 XP
globe Hillsboro, Oregon

don’t have to water super frequently, easy to take care of

Fast grower Fast grower
Pet friendly Pet friendly

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