How to Care for a Cryptanthus Earth Star Plant

Got this little guy as a gift but have searched thru sooo many pics to identify. Please help

Hi Erica,

Pink Star shaped Cryptanthus, Earth Star Plant

Earth Star Plant – Cryptanthus – Pink Star Plant

Your plant is called a Cryptanthus ‘Pink Star’ (Earth Star Plant) which is a type of Bromeliad. Indirect bright lightVery few houseplants should be placed in direct sun. High light refers only to bright indirect light since direct sun often burns the leaves of indoor houseplants. An area that is too hot and dry encourages Spider Mites and causes blooms to quickly fade. A northern exposure really doesn't provide enough light for high light plants. These plants need to be placed directly in front of an east-facing window, within 1-3 feet of a west-facing window, and within 5 ft. of a south facing window. A high light area has over 300 ft. candles of light. and temperatures between 60°-85° are best. Unlike most Bromeliads, the Earth Star Plant likes moist and humid conditions. This is especially important when you are using heat or air conditioning in your home. Fertilize frequently, but always dilute the plant food to 1/4 the recommended strength. The largest size pot a Cryptanthus will ever require is 5″-6″.