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cryptanthus beuckeri

Posted by patusho25 z11 Mexico (My Page) on
Thu, Jul 24, 08 at 22:44

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

Heres the hostage. lol. Its two (healthy) growing points but you can see the rest of the plant.

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cheerios.


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RE: cryptanthus beuckeri

It needs rich humus soil and dont let it dry out


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RE: cryptanthus beuckeri

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!


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


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


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RE: cryptanthus beuckeri

Hi guys! (^_^)

You won't be surprise if you find they grow like a weed here!
But...in 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.

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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 Im in the northern hemisphere, and twice inland. glad Im not an expert or Id fail with the beuckeri!!!. LOL Will give it a couple shots if this one dies. >=D

thank you all. cheers.


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