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Cryptanthus bivittatus 'Ruby'

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Family: Bromeliaceae (bro-mee-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cryptanthus (krip-TAN-thus) (Info)
Species: bivittatus (biv-it-TAY-tus) (Info)
Cultivar: Ruby

One vendor has this plant for sale.

4 members have or want this plant for trade.

Category:
Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:
under 6 in. (15 cm)

Spacing:
9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

Danger:
Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:
Grown for foliage
Evergreen
Burgundy
Leathery-Textured

Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
This plant is monocarpic

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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Profile:

5 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Positive masang On Oct 5, 2008, masang from province of Nueva Vizcaya
Philippines wrote:

A friend gave me a mature one, actually looks discolored and what i thought upon seeing is that its hopeless. But since its a bromeliad i planted it and hoping to give me a pup. As weeks passed... i am becoming frustrated in addition that one of its foliage were rotting so i just put it aside and never gave a drink...then one morning upon checking my other plants, i've noticed that this neglected one were giving me a pup. I've waited for it to mature and in total i have four pups.

Positive Neuling On Sep 28, 2008, Neuling from Carrollton, TX wrote:

I found this unusual plant for sale at Wal-Mart, and I remember being drawn to it because my husband said its leaves looked just like bacon. So I took home two of these "bacon plants," and placed it out on the balcony in full sunlight. Before I knew it, both plants had two offspring, and even one plant bloomed. Once the offspring were of a good size, I planted all four into a separate pot. Neither of them seemed to have produced roots (or at least none that I have noticed), they have remained alive for weeks and have even grown larger.

The two original plants have two more offspring coming up again. At this rate, I'll have the whole balcony covered. This plant has required minimal care and just deepens its red color as it stays in the sun. Very much fun to grow.

Positive Chris_Lorry On Feb 25, 2006, Chris_Lorry from Vero Beach, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

I didn't know these were supposed to die! I have had mine for years and it has pupped MANY times :) So far the plants all seem very healthy.
I have many cryptanthus and they are all very easy to maintain.

Positive MotherNature4 On Aug 28, 2004, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

Bright light brings out the deep ruby color of this little gem.

It is common for mother plants to keep producing pups for some time if they are cared for. The leaves will eventually die, but the old stub will still reproduce.

Positive KARLAE On Nov 26, 2003, KARLAE from Freeport, TX wrote:

OUR PLANT BLOOMED THIS SUMMER (NOT A SPECTACULAR BLOOM,BUT AT LEAST IT DID) THEN SET 2 PUPS, WHICH WE POTTED SEPARATELY. WE THOUGHT WE'D LEAVE THE PARENT AROUND UNTIL IT DIED JUST FOR COLOR, BUT NOW ( NOVEMBER ) IT HAS SET 3 NEW PUPS. SUPPOSEDLY IT SHOULD DIE, BUT I'M NOT COMPLAINING!

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Bartow, Florida
Lecanto, Florida
Vero Beach, Florida



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