Plant Care Earth Stars

Earth Stars

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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 ⭐️.


Cryptanthus bivittatus

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

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

☀️ Light

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.

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💡 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!

Benefits of Growing Earth Stars →

Common Earth Stars Problems →

💦 Water Needs

Earth Stars thrives in dry soil and should be watered sparingly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Earth Stars Water Frequency →

Earth Stars Root Rot →

☀️ Sunlight Needs

Earth Stars requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Earth Stars Light Requirements →

Earth Stars Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →

🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Earth Stars is not known to cause harm to humans or pets. Regardless, if you, a family member, a cat, or dog has ingested any plant material, please consult a doctor or a veterinarian.

Earth Stars Toxicity to Cats →

💨 Humidity

Earth Stars prefers dry environments. Providing extra humidity or misting your plant allows water to linger on leaves, which can create the perfect environment for harmful types of fungi.

Earth Stars Humidity Needs →

🪴 Soil

Earth Stars does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Earth Stars →

When and How to Successfully Repot Earth Stars →

💩 Fertilizer

Earth Stars grows very slowly and doesn’t require added fertilizer. Replacing your plant’s potting soil once a year should provide them with more than enough nutrition. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!

🌎 Native Region

Earth Stars is native to Brazil.

🌸 Flowers

Yes, you may see your Earth Stars bloom with the right amount of sunlight and water.

Earth Stars Flowers →

⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Earth Stars grows in a rosette pattern, with leaves neatly arranged in a circle. New growth will emerge from the center.

How and When to Prune Earth Stars →

🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Earth Stars can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 10a-11b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Earth Stars Temperature Tolerance →

🌱 Propagation

Earth Stars can be propagated by division into new individual plants.

  • Check to see if there is more than one plant. In some cases they may still be beneath the soil surface. If you feel confident, you may remove the soil to check for baby plantlets below!
  • If there are multiple plants growing, unpot the plant and gently tug the plants apart, being careful not to disturb too many of the roots. They may be connected by large root segments which you may need to break to free the plantlet.
  • Pot up the new plant in well-draining soil
  • Repot the parent plant back into its original pot

🍂 Yellow Leaves

Yellow leaves aren’t always a reason to panic, and can be a normal part of a plant’s life cycle. Unless brand new leaves are turning yellow or all the leaves change color at once, it’s likely just your plant shedding old leaves.

Overwatering and root rot are the most likely cause of problems in Earth Stars, since they are very sensitive to wet soil. The leaves may also appear to be curling or drooping. Less often, yellow leaves are caused by underwatering, nutrient deficiencies, or pests.

Replace soggy soil with fresh, dry soil and download Greg to make sure your plant never gets overwatered again!

🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.

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 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
leaf-1 46 Plants
xp 9,015 XP
globe Baltimore, MD

This one is pretty but once it blooms it dies

@R_L15748 avatar
leaf-1 76 Plants
xp 17,681 XP

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

@Cassrose avatar
leaf-1 51 Plants
xp 1,155 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 29 Plants
xp 830 XP
globe South Portland, ME

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, VA

Lots of sun makes it bright pinkish red

Survivor Survivor
@bbella avatar
leaf-1 29 Plants
xp 911 XP
globe Hillsboro, OR

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

Fast grower Fast grower

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