Cryptanthus... Time For A Little TwistFriday, December 04, 2009
This black cryptanthus has been delivering pups non-stop since I got it a few months ago. The two pups in the pics below are the second and third ones. The first one has already been given away.
Now it is time to 'twist' the second one out as it has reached one third of the size of the mother plant. See, I have propagated another plant by using the offset. It's as easy as it can be :-D
I used some spaghnum moss and coconut husk to hold the plant. Once a week, just water the whole plant thoroughly will do. The plant do not like direct sunlight so I place it under my porch.
When I first got the plant, it was flowering non-stop. After the first pup, the flowers stopped growing.
Cryptanthus is a genus of the Bromeliad family. The name derives from the flowers that grows from the centre of the rossette and comes from a combination of the Greek words, crypt (hidden) and anthos (flower). Its foliage is striped, a bit wavy at the sides with fine 'teeth' that delivers a unique visual appeal. Plus, the plant is really easy to grow and propagate!
To my wonderful blogger friend, Zindagi, thank you for that Meme award. I hope one day I could fulfill the requirements ;-)