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 ⭐️.


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


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 located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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


Check the growing potential in your area

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

Plant care guide for Earth Stars in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

27% Very Low

Growing Earth Stars in Pittsburgh right now

Light needs for plant Earth Stars in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Plant growth potential is currently low 📉

February 5th, 2023

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Pittsburgh is currently low 📉.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in determ…

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Light needs for plant Earth Stars in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Sunlight will increase by 43.4% ☀️

February 4th, 2023

Pittsburgh is trending towards greater sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Pittsburgh is expected to increase by 43.4% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 8.3 megajoules of energy per…

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Light needs for plant Earth Stars in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Daylight will increase by 1.2 hours 📈

February 5th, 2023

This month, Pittsburgh is getting an average of 5.1 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will increase by 13.3% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 10.6 total hours of …

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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 ensure it receives enough light to survive during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania ⛅.

Earth Stars does not tolerate low-light 🚫.


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.

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!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Native Region
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors
Yellow Leaves

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 your location in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 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 50 Plants
xp 9,015 XP
globe Baltimore, MD

This one is pretty but once it blooms it dies

R_l15748 avatar
leaf-1 86 Plants
xp 11,752 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 28 Plants
xp 815 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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