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On Hold. Should be available 2019. Cryptanthus Black Magic, AKA Black Mystic, an extraordinarily beautiful "Earth Star".

Cryptanthus Black Magic / Black Mystic | Earth Star

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Cryptanthus Black Magic, AKA Black Mystic, an extraordinarily beautiful "Earth Star".

What You Get

You will receive one well rooted, potted (4" plastic pot) Cryptanthus Black Magic. They are very easy to grow and exceptionally beautiful plants. Cryptanthus is a genus in the botanical family Bromeliaceae, subfamily Bromelioideae. The genus name is from the Greek “cryptos” and “anthos”. They differ from bromeliads that you may be familiar with in that they obtain water from their roots. They must remain in soil and can not be mounted and grown as epiphytes.

Light: INDOOR: Bright light from an east or west window. Outside (zones 9+) Some full sun OK. Too much shade and the colors will fade. Too much sun and the leafs can burn.

Temperature: Warm (60-80 degrees F/16-27 degrees C) year-round. This is "in general". If you have micro climatic zones you know warm weather plants do well, these will probably do well there too. I keep mine outdoors year round and we do occasionally have LIGHT frosts.

Fertilizer: Depends on fertilizer used. Fertilizing is not necessary for teh plant to survive, but it does produce larger, healthier, more vibrant plants. Top dressing with Osmocote seems to work well enough. If you use something else, follow manufactures instructions.

Water: In warm weather, water / let top 1" - 2" of substrate dry / water again. Water thoroughly when watering to ensure good root growth.

Soil: Peat, perlite mix is best. Regular soil less potting mixes like Miracle Grow should be fine too.

Repotting: Repot every 2 to 3 years. Plans can live 10 + years and indefinitely when pups (offsets) are considered.

We ship Mondays and Wednesdays only.


Shipping can be hard on plants. We do our very best to carefully pack all of our plants. We can not be responsible for careless handling by postage representatives. Light damage is not unusual, such as a cracked leaf or two. If your plant arrives badly damaged, please contact USPS. If your plant arrives dead or sick - please contact us.

Returns / Refunds / Replacements

These are handled on a case by case basis. Buyer is responsible for shipping cost if a replacement plant is granted.

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Morningwood Growers

Hi! My name is Savitri Brant, owner and chief everything at Morningwood Growers. If this is your first time joining us, welcome! Morningwood Growers is a very small boutique nursery, art house, and farm. We operate on 5 beautiful acres in Sunny south Florida in a small town named Parrish. We specialize in tillandsia (air plants), bromeliad, orchid, plumeria (frangipani) and just about whatever else we can grow. If you don't see what you are looking for on our site, please email us as we probably have it. Populating a website is a full time job - and we spend most of ours growing plants!

Help Us Give Back to Nature

Morningwood Growers is a fully licensed Florida nursery. We practice ethical growing and selling. Morningwood Growers is one of the very few nurseries permitted by the state of Florida to harvest, propagate, and sell many native Florida plant species such as Encyclia Tampensis (Florida Butterfly Orchid) and Tillandsia Setacea (Southern Needle Leaf). We have been working hard to re-introduce threatened or endangered plants back into the wild. We have dedicated 2 full acres to natural forest and have given .6 of an acre to Florida Wetlands conservation easement. Every purchase you make helps us give back to nature. Please help us continue our work! Below are a few selections we thought you might like.

Nematode Free!


Morningwood Growers just passed their annual nematode inspection performed by the Florida Department of Agriculture. We are approved to continue shipping to all our continental states for another year.

So What?

Part of being a responsible plant grower and seller is following rules put in place for the greater good of our country as a whole. I've heard many friends and acquaintances complain about licensing requirements and "hoops" they need to jump through. I think differently. I've no problem at all with following rules set by those who know best and even less problem with the very reasonable fees charged by our regulatory agencies.


If you live in Florida, or any of the southern US, you may have run into the dreaded Fire Ant. This little bugger is impossible to eradicate, causes major damage in fields and around houses, and they attack with absolutely no provocation. The sting is like a tiny fire inside your skin. And that is followed up by a lovely and ridiculously itchy blister. Fire ants are not native to the US! They were imported from Brazil in a shipment of fruit.

Again, So What?

The fire ant is only one highly visible example of what can happen without regulation. A current threat to many farmers are nematodes. Nematodes are tiny worm like creatures that live in soil and some burrow deeply into plant tissue. These little buggers can cause crop failure which in turn effects all of us.

So, imagine Joe Charley says "Screw the Man!" and decides to grow, sell, and ship plants from Florida, whenever and however he sees fit. Joe grows "organic" plants in soil, and sends a box of these plants to Charley Joe in California, who grows half of California's citrus. Charley then places the potted plants she bought from Joe on her concrete patio, and enjoys them for a year.

Unbeknown to Charley, nematodes can travel through water. Charley has been watering her plants from Joe thoroughly and daily as instructed, creating highways for nematodes to travel from her cement porch, to her lawn, and eventually out to her orchard. Imagine her surprise when she looses an entire year of fruit to nematodes! Not only that, but imagine both her and her neighbor farmers surprise when they also loose their crops to nematodes. Charley is now looking at financial ruin, lawsuits from her neighbors, and state regulatory fines - all because Joe didn't want to be inspected.

Sucks For Them - Why Should I Care?

One scenario, is Charley traces the nematode infestation back to the plants she purchased from Joe. IN that case, Joe better have a good lawyer, who will certainly cost a great deal more than licensing and inspection would have in the first place.

But not so obviously, Joe will eventually pay for his tiny act of rebellion. Regardless of if you like fruit or produce, the impact from crop failure effects all of us. Crops are not only used for obvious purposes like food and juice. For instance, corn can be found in everything from hot dogs to computer chips. Citrus can be found in cleaners, organic pesticides, and more. Crop failure causes products shortages and increases in price. So, just maybe, Joe's failure to follow the rules costs everyone of us an extra $0.25 per bottle of citrus cleanser. Multiply that by the thousands of products containing citrus, and multiply that result by 325 Million Americans and - well, you would need to do the math. Hopefully by now you get the point.

Mom and Pop Tillandsia, Air Plants, Orchids, Bromeliads, Plants, House Plants

Morningwood Growers is a mom and pop shop - well, mom shop at least, pop is too lazy - found down in Sunny Parrish, Florida. We offer you a wide variety of extraordinary gifts, birthday gifts, Mother's Day gifts, gifts for men, gifts for kids, gifts for you - WHEW! We got a lotta gifts for you. Studies show that gifts containing nature and natural items are better for you and everyone you give them to. Air plants, bromeliads, orchids, house plants, art, even some knitting supplies - we got em and all at reasonable prices.

Made in the USA - Mostly

Even better, most of what we sell is made in the USA! Sure, some of our items come from other places, such is the nature of today's global economy. We will list where an items comes from - but if we miss something and it matters to you - just ask!