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Cryptanthus 'Calypso'

Cryptanthus 'Calypso'

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Description: Cryptanthus 'Calypso', commonly known as Calypso Earth Star, is a captivating and unique plant prized for its striking foliage and low-maintenance nature. Belonging to the Bromeliaceae family, this cultivar features rosettes of broad, arching leaves with intricate patterns of green, pink, red, and silver, creating a mesmerizing display reminiscent of a tropical sunset. Cryptanthus 'Calypso' is an excellent choice for adding color and texture to terrariums, mixed planters, or as a standalone specimen in bright, indirect light.

🌿 Botanical Name: Cryptanthus 'Calypso'

💧 Care Level: Easy. Cryptanthus 'Calypso' is relatively low-maintenance and thrives in typical indoor conditions.

📏 Size: Cryptanthus 'Calypso' typically grows to a height and spread of 6 to 8 inches (15 to 20 cm), forming compact rosettes with a spreading habit.

☀️ Light: Cryptanthus 'Calypso' prefers bright, indirect light. Place it near a north- or east-facing window where it can receive filtered sunlight or artificial light. Avoid placing it in direct sunlight, as this can cause leaf burn.

💧 Water: Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Water Cryptanthus 'Calypso' regularly, allowing the top inch (2.5 cm) of soil to dry out slightly between waterings. Use room temperature water to avoid shocking the plant.

💦 Humidity: Cryptanthus 'Calypso' thrives in moderate to high humidity levels. Increase humidity by misting the leaves regularly, using a humidity tray, or placing the plant in a room with a humidifier.

🌡️ Temperature: Cryptanthus 'Calypso' prefers temperatures between 65°F to 80°F (18°C to 27°C). Protect it from drafts and sudden temperature fluctuations, as these can stress the plant.

❄️ Hardiness: Cryptanthus 'Calypso' is best grown indoors in most climates. It is not frost-tolerant and should be protected from temperatures below 50°F (10°C).

🌱 Soil: Plant Cryptanthus 'Calypso' in well-draining, porous soil. A mixture of peat moss, perlite, and orchid bark is ideal for promoting good drainage and aeration.

🌱 Fertilizing: Feed Cryptanthus 'Calypso' with a balanced liquid fertilizer diluted to half the recommended strength every 4 to 6 weeks during the growing season (spring and summer). Reduce fertilization frequency in the fall and winter.

🔄 Pruning: Remove dead or damaged leaves as needed to maintain the plant's appearance and overall health. Cryptanthus 'Calypso' typically does not require extensive pruning.

🌱 Propagation: Cryptanthus 'Calypso' can be propagated by division. Carefully separate offsets or pups from the parent plant and plant them in their own pots with well-draining soil.

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