Earth Star Bromeliad

Cryptanthus 'Absolute Zero'
Live Plants ship only on Mondays. (Nov-Apr)


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SKU: ESB.0785 Category: Tags: ,

2023-24 Holiday Shipping Schedule:
NO SHIPPING THANKSGIVING WEEK. All orders placed between 11/13 and 11/26 will ship on Monday, 11/27.
Monday, 12/11/23, is the last day of online live plant shipping for the season. We will resume shipping in March 2024. The brick and mortar store here in Fort Collins will be open for shopping but the plant section on the website will be on hold until spring. Seeds and soil will continue to ship. Please contact us with questions.

Meet Ursula! Not many individuals can pull off the sea witch look but this plant is owning it. Her serrated, silvery striped leaves unfurl like octopus arms. Insulting her looks could end in disaster as it’s rumored she controls the wind, weather and moon. No way are we testing that legend! We’ll let this punk rock bromeliad do what she wants. Sea witches have more fun.

We recommend planting this plug in our regular potting soil.

THIS PLANT SHIPS AS A 1″ FULLY ROOTED STARTER PLANT, AS SHOWN IN THE SECOND PHOTO. It will come wrapped in moss and tucked in a growers pot for safety. The terra cotta pot with the mature plant, shown in the first photo, is not included. If you order multiple plants, we put them together in one pot so they stay moist and insulated. If you think we haven’t sent the full order, please take out the plants from the pot first to count them.

WINTER SHIPPING HAS BEGUN! We diligently check your location’s lows before shipping and will add an insulated liner and heat pack if temps will be below 40 anywhere along the route. This is included in the shipping cost and requires no further action on your part other than placing an order.

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Ft. Collins is Zone 5
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  • Unlike many other bromeliads, they grow in the soil. They are found on the rainforest floors in Brazil.
  • Water regularly but don't allow the soil to be soggy. Earth Stars will thrive when potted in a medium that maintains some moisture.
  • To increase humidity, you can fill a shallow tray with pebbles and water or you can run a humidifier near your plant. Because Cryptanthus thrive in humidity and many varieties are lower growing, they are ideal for use in terrariums.
  • Too much direct sun can cause bleached or sunburned areas on the plant’s leaves. If your plant seems stressed and these marks appear, move your bromeliad to a spot with less direct sunlight.
  • Non-toxic to pets and humans.
  • Skill Level: Beginner