Cryptanthus Fosterianus Bromeliad

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Care and Culture, Classification

This is one of the largest species, sometimes attaining 2 ft (60cm) across. To reach this size, it really needs a minimum temperature of 70 degrees F (21 degrees C) and very rich compost.

However, it will easily grow to 1 foot (30cm) in diameter with 60 degrees F (15 degrees C). The dozen or so long tapering leaves that comprise the rosette are mainly red-brown, adorned with numerous zig-zag silver bands across the face, and are very stiff, almost artificial looking. Like all Cryptanthus, it is a good plant for a bromeliad tree. There are man hybrids of this zebra-like species.

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