cryptanthus beuckeri

patusho25(z11 Mexico)July 24, 2008

I´m having trouble with this plant since it´s very hot and dry most of the time. It´s in a shady spot. Does anybody know if this plant is doable in this particular enviroment (tropical semi-arid)?. It hasn´t done much since transplanted to that sandy loam growing media, perhpas it´s too heavy for this plant?. Is this plant slow/very slow growing?.

Here´s the hostage. lol. It´s two (healthy) growing points but you can see the rest of the plant.


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It needs rich humus soil and dont let it dry out

    Bookmark   July 25, 2008 at 1:11AM
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Let it go and nobody gets hurt, Patusho!

This is one of the more difficult Crypts to grow. It is very slow and also rather delicate. It likes shade and high humidity, and I'd give it a different type of soil mix, something with a lot of peat or sphagnum moss, rather than the sandy loam. Keep it moist, but not sitting in water.

I don't know what you can do about your dry air, maybe place the pot on a pebble tray? Even in my humid tropical conditions shaded underneath the greenhouse benches it just barely stays alive, and doesn't ever increase in size. If anybody knows the secret to making this one thrive, let's hear it!

    Bookmark   July 25, 2008 at 1:22AM
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patusho25(z11 Mexico)

barely stays alive in your climate, lisa?!?! LOL. I´m hopeless with this one then. =( Hope it survives the transplanting process. thank you both. will seek an appropiate growing media.

    Bookmark   July 25, 2008 at 1:29AM
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aroideana(Tropical Australia)

Expert grower I know in sub-tropical Bundaberg has tried a few times and given up . It is a very tropical species .

    Bookmark   July 25, 2008 at 7:54AM
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Hi guys! (^_^)

You won't be surprise if you find they grow like a weed here! deep shade with high humid of some place like a fern house.

I use one part coconut husk and one part loam with best result.

    Bookmark   July 25, 2008 at 10:11AM
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patusho25(z11 Mexico)

VERY nice plants, chanin, ace grown. will give it that mix. thank you. take out your notebook lisa. =D

aroideana, interesting (or perhaps you already know about my latitude) that Bundaberg is at the same latitude as where my city is but I´m in the northern hemisphere, and twice inland. ¡¡¡¡glad I´m not an expert or I´d fail with the beuckeri!!!. LOL Will give it a couple shots if this one dies. >=D

thank you all. cheers.

    Bookmark   July 25, 2008 at 12:22PM
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