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Need help to revive a cryptanthus

Posted by kcgirl81 (My Page) on
Fri, Mar 9, 07 at 14:23

Hello all! First post here. Ive been a plant fanatic for years, but just discovered this forum. Its been very helpful and enjoyable!

I recently purchased a cryptanthus from WalMart, and to be honest, it is in pretty bad shape. When I bought it, it still had color in the center, but the leaf tips and bottom leaves were brown and shriveled. It was a mercy buy. Im hoping I can revive it, but dont know if there is anything special I can do. I know the basics of humidity, good soil drainage, and not keeping them too cold or too wet, but was hoping there is some extra TLC I can give this plant to revive it. Its holding its own so far, but no new growth yet. Any tips would be greatly appreciated!

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RE: Need help to revive a cryptanthus

Mine always look sad coming out of winter..washed out look...I get them into very bright filtered light and they perk up in 2 weeks..also I feed them a good dose of super thrive

RE: Need help to revive a cryptanthus

  • Posted by bob740 zone 6 ,NY (My Page) on
    Sat, Mar 10, 07 at 14:22

Some possibilities: (mealy bugs hidden in the stem/leaves/roots,or just plain dehydrated)
Remove it from its soil,wash/soak or rinse the whole plant,roots too, in an diluted plant insecticide,or,a diluted mix of water and dish-washer soap,and after 10 minutes or so,rinse in clean water.Remove dead lower leaves,and replant in new soil,with a small dash of plant fertilizer mixed in,water,and place in warm area with high light,or morning/late afternoon sun,keep slightly moist,not soggy.
If in a few weeks,it does not improve,plant outdoors (if temp.allows) in a bright shaded area,directly in the soil,no pot.Mother Nature will revive it,if its at all possible. This usually works for me. Worst case,you may still get it to send offsets to replant.

RE: Need help to revive a cryptanthus

Thanks so much for the good suggestions. I'll try the washing and replanting this week, and let you know how it goes.

RE: Need help to revive a cryptanthus

Good news!! There is new growth on my cryptanthus. It looks like there are 2 crowns coming up from the middle. Are these "pups" or is this the normal form the plant takes?

Thanks again for the suggestions!

RE: Need help to revive a cryptanthus

  • Posted by bob740 zone 6 ,NY (My Page) on
    Fri, Mar 16, 07 at 21:19

Yes,KC,these are 'pups',also called 'offsets'.Just leave them on the 'mother plant',and they will eventually fall off,or can be taken off with a gentle tug when about a third the size of the mama. Then you can replant them,and they will be your new plants.
Sounds like things are improving.Good.
[a pic of two cryptanthus examples with some pups.On the left,too small to plant yet, on the right,the size is ok to remove and plant]
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