With over 1,200 different varieties, Cryptanthus have incredibly varied and beautiful foliage ranging from dark green and variegated to bright reds and pinks to silvery stripes. Most Cryptanthus grow close to the ground and can be as small as three inches in height. However, there are some species of Cryptanthus that can grow as tall as three feet.
Grow Cryptanthus in a bright spot. These small indoor plants can take some direct sun on their leaves, so they're perfect for dressing up an otherwise bland window sill. As a general rule, the brighter the light, the more colorful the plants are.
Water Cryptanthus so the soil just dries before watering again. They don't seem to be particularly fussy and will thrive in moist soil. Likewise, if you forget to water your Cryptanthus now and again, they don't mind.
It prefers temperatures between 60° and 85° F.
Common Problems Q&A
Why are my leaves yellowing?
This is generally a sign that you are overwatering your plant. This may also be a sign your plant is getting too little light. Try moving your plant to an area where it will receive bright, indirect light.
Why are my leaves curled and brown?
Your Cryptanthus is getting too little water and too much light. Cryptanthus plants do best in bright, indirect light.
Why is mold developing on the soil?
This is a sign your plant is receiving too little light, and is being over watered. Although this is harmless, it may be unsightly and may want to remove it. Remove the top two inches of soil and replace it with fresh soil.