Cryptanthus 5″ Elaine
Description: Star-like style pink-marginated,
black foliage with gray striations.
Application: Interior & Landscape
Light Condition: Shade – Partial
Cryptanthus Bromeliad (brō-ˈmē-lē-ˌad) belong to the Bromeliaceae plant family, which encompasses over 3,000 species, approximately 56 genera, and about 6,000 hybrids and cultivars. Bromeliads, like other species, are divided into groups called genera. Different genera and species prefer varying light, water, and humid conditions contributed by their environments.
In cultivation, the most commonly found genera are Aechmea, Billbergia, Cryptanthus, Dyckia, Guzmania, Neoregelia, Nidularium, Portea, Tillandsia, and Vriesea. All are native to the Americas with one existing in Africa. You can find them growing as abundantly north of the equator in the southern parts of the United States and Mexico while also thriving in South America from Ecuador to Chile and Argentina.
Cryptanthus Elaine entered recorded history over 500 years ago when Columbus introduced the pineapple (Ananas comosus) to Spain upon return from his second voyage to the New World in 1493.
In nature, bromeliads can be found in many climates and conditions: at sea level, in rain and cloud forests, deserts and on mountains as high as 13,000ft. Much of the species grow on trees as epiphytes or air plants while others grow on the ground, rocks, and cliff faces.
Their roots are primarily for support from the host and are not parasites. Spanish moss and ball moss are bromeliads found across a very wide range, but the Ananas Comosus is the most familiar as it is the only edible fruit produced in the family. On the voyage of Columbus, he found it being cultivated by the Carib Indians in the West Indies. Within 50 years this tropical fruit was being cultivated in India and other Old World countries.
The Cryptanthus Elaine species is incredibly versatile and contain some of the most adaptable plant families in the world. Bromeliads are very hardy, tough survivors proving their resilience, adaptability, and strength. Not only do they have a tremendous ability to survive; they offer infinite color combinations with interesting styles and forms. Such variability means that there is some bromeliad ideal for your conditions.
Potting for ease of growing, displaying and handling, most bromeliads can be potted. Bromeliads will grow in almost any medium as long as it drains well, is not packed down or tight, provides stability while the rooting system develops, and has a slightly acid to neutral pH.
Potting mixes vary according to availability of materials but can also be used in combination. Some examples of this are peat moss, perlite, very coarse builders sand, tree fern fiber, hadite, small sized gravel, and redwood, pine, cypress, or fir bark. The important consideration is that the potting mix must drain rapidly. Orchid bark can also be satisfactory. Bromeliads like Cryptanthus Elaine and many other tropical varieties complement very well with many orchid collections.
The roots of most potted bromeliads like to be moist, but never soggy or dry. Keep the central cup filled with fresh water. Do not allow water to get old or stagnant, otherwise rot can occur. Water should be room temperature and poured directly into the center cup allowing water to run through the central reservoir and into the soil medium. Root system watering is just as important as the cup.
Frequency of watering depends highly on the bromeliad variety as well as the temperature and humidity of the environment. Mist plants a couple times a week if humidity is 50-60%, daily if lower.
Light requirements vary with each specie, cultivar, or hybrid. All bromeliads require some form of direct, partial or highly shaded light in order to perform optimally. Knowing the environment is important to placing a bromeliad in its desired conditions.
With intense light conditions, it is imperative to ensure enough watering occurs to prevent drying out. For deeply shaded areas, it is important to ensure overwatering does not occur. There are a few select varieties that stand full sun with a break of shade. The majority of bromeliads require a break to reduce stress, blanching (extracting/bleaching of color), sunburn spots, and/or holes.
Most bromeliads will tolerate a broad range of temperature from 95°F/29°C high to a low of 34°F/1.1°C. The optimum ranges are 70°-90°F/21.1°-32.2°C during the day and 50°-60°F/10°-15°C during the night.
Air circulation is most desirable for bromeliads, especially in hot conditions. Cold air does not hold much humidity whereas hotter air can. Relatively, humidity for bromeliads should be between 50 -70%.
The three numbers in a fertilizer formula represent the proportion of the three essential macro-nutrients – Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium – in that order of N-P-K. Fertilizers used generally range from 20-10-20 (Peat Lite Special), to 20-10-30 to a balanced formula with equal amounts of the three.
The frequency and strength of applications is dependent on many factors such as the type of bromeliad, temperature, and growing conditions. It is advisable to feed bromeliads with dilute, soluble fertilizer at about 1/8 to ½ the strength specified on the label.
Most epiphytic (attached to a tree) and saxicolous (attached to a rock) bromeliads develop hold-fast roots. The plant must be firmly affixed to its support so that the tender root tips can attach to the support.
Almost anything is usable for a mounting surface: cork slabs, stone pieces, wood slabs, lava rock, and driftwood. Salt must be removed from items that have been in sea water.
Soaking for two weeks, completely submerged, with frequent water changes, is recommended to remove the deposits.
Cryptanthus Bromeliads have simple requirements
• A firm support – either potted or mounted
• Reasonable temperature – 35 °F to 100 °F
• Moisture depends on species – low to high humidity; moist but not wet roots
• Light also depends on species – from deep shade to full sun
• Fertilizer requirements vary by species – from none to heavy, weekly feeding
Some good rules to follow are:
• Roots need firm support whether the plant is mounted or potted.
• Maintain humidity requirements and good air circulation.
• Provide preferred light conditions unless acclimating.
• Allow for good drainage.
• Avoid extremes of temperature or changes in environment.
To Not Do…
• Over water or allow water to become stagnant.
• Allow to become completely dried out.
• Over fertilize. (Be especially cautious during the winter.)
• Move suddenly from deep shade to full sun.
• Place plants directly in the air flow from heating or cooling areas.
Please know how to grow these before ordering. We are not responsible for poor culture or inexperience in growing this genus. We assure the arrival of healthy, disease free plants, ready for you to grow on and will never sell anything we would not purchase ourselves. If the post office damages your package and your plants arrive damaged, please contact us with pictures of the plants and the box so we may file a claim.
Please note our shipping insurance does NOT cover cosmetic damages such as a broken/cracked leaf or a broken flower.
……..Shipping and refund policy ………
1-Every now and then things do happen at the Post Office during shipping which can leave your plant damaged beyond saving. All I ask is for a picture of the Dead on arrival plant and please send me that pics as soon as the item is received. *****Normal shipping wear should be expected –
Many plants may have few broken or discolored leaves disturbed soil form shipping*** that is a risk you are taking when ordering plants online, these plants are mailed, not hand delivered. I do my best in packing, boxing and taping, if the plants took a beating during delivery, please take your time on re-potting, introduce water and light and gradually ease them in. They need to settle in after a long journey.
2- in severe weather, Most plants do hold up fine during shipping depending on how cold or hot it is and where you are at. I will not replace for cold or hot damage, if the weather is extreme, please wait on ordering or order at your own risk. I only ship the healthiest plants, I can’t control what the weather does to them. Shipping to areas that are too cold or too hot will be at buyer’s risk
some plants will go dormant in the cold/dark months and we may ship plants while they’re dormant, however, the plants are still alive, they’re just working on their root systems. It is normal and healthy for plants to go dormant, it is not dead.
3-If you are not happy with your purchase, please contact me within 24 hours of its delivery. I will be happy to replace it, offer an exchange or refund your money as long as your order is returned to me in the condition it was sent.
The money will be refunded after I receive and check the item! Buyer pays return postage, I don’t refund shipping. please make sure you send me full pictures of the plant, not just the dead leaf/leaves, also please don’t alter the plant, trim, cut, or separate if you are not happy with it and are planning on returning it for a refund. I need to get it back in the same form it was received. No refund will be issued unless I receive pictures of the full plant not just part of it.
4- Some plants I ship will have blooming flowers on them at the time of shipping if the flower falls off the plant during shipping, that does not mean the plant is dead, flowers are not meant to stay on the plant.
5- In the event the mail does not make it on time, or tracking is not showing information on the package, please contact the post office directly. there is an 800 number for your local post office. There is nothing that I can do on my end once the package has been sent out and a tracking number has been provided. it is the buyer’s responsibility to track the time and contact post office.
6-please check the policies on bringing plants to the country/state that you are in, customer and agriculture policies are different from country/state to another, I will not be responsible if confiscated and or disposed of by the authorities.
7- Please update your address, changing the address after you place your order is not my responsibility, make sure your address is updated. Shipping address is important, not just the billing address. I am not responsible for mail going to an old address.
PLEASE READ ABOVE AND MAKE SURE THAT YOU ARE OK WITH IT BEFORE PLACING YOUR ORDER. as mentioned before I do treat each case individually, but with that, I need you to follow some of the steps if not all to resolve any problem that might come up.