Plant Care Earth Stars

Earth Stars

4.7 out of 5 (20 experiences)

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

About Earth Stars

Earth Stars are small, tropical plants in the bromeliad family. Related to pineapples, the tiny star-shaped rosettes are often striped with pink and red and rarely grow more than 8 inches in diameter ⭐️.

Taxonomy

Cryptanthus bivittatus
Cryptanthus
Bromeliaceae
Poales

Also known as

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

How to care for Earth Stars

Water

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
12

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

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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 🏡.

Nutrients

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.

FAQs
Difficulty Level

Earth Stars is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!


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Toxicity
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Soil
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Native Region
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Growing Outdoors
Propagation
Yellow Leaves

Care Summary for Earth Stars

Earth Stars

Earth Stars


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 12 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

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 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
Boozybillsbabe avatar
@Boozybillsbabe
leaf-1 52 Plants
xp 8,863 XP
globe Baltimore, MD
01/14/2022

This one is pretty but once it blooms it dies

R_l15748 avatar
@R_l15748
leaf-1 91 Plants
xp 11,048 XP
10/10/2021

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

Cassrose avatar
@Cassrose
leaf-1 51 Plants
xp 1,155 XP
globe New York
09/26/2021

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
@Wormbrainz
leaf-1 28 Plants
xp 815 XP
globe South Portland, ME
05/06/2021

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
@Natedrip
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 28 XP
globe Henrico, VA
04/13/2021

Lots of sun makes it bright pinkish red

Survivor Survivor
Bbella avatar
@Bbella
leaf-1 29 Plants
xp 911 XP
globe Hillsboro, OR
04/06/2021

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

Fast grower Fast grower

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