Plant Care Scarlet Star
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Scarlet Star

4.4 out of 5 (60 experiences)

Scarlet Star has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves
Scarlet Star has a Survivor plant personality Survivor

Also known as

Droophead Tufted Airplant, Droophead Tufted Airplant, Orange Star and Vase Plant

Taxonomy

Guzmania lingulata
Guzmania
Bromeliaceae
Poales

How to care for Scarlet Star

Water

How often to water your Scarlet Star

Water needs for Scarlet Star
0.5 cups
every 12

Scarlet Star needs 0.5 cups of water every 12 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Scarlet Star

Water 0.5 cups every
12

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

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Finding light for Droophead Tufted Airplant in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Scarlet Star: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Scarlet Star love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Scarlet Star does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Scarlet Star in your home 🏡.

Nutrients

How to fertilize Scarlet Star

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Scarlet Star: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Scarlet Star after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

FAQs
Difficulty Level

Scarlet Star is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!


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Care Summary for Scarlet Star

Scarlet Star

Scarlet Star


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 12 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Scarlet Star has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 28
Scarlet Star has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 26
Scarlet Star has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 15
Scarlet Star has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 15
Scarlet Star has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 14
Scarlet Star has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 10
Scarlet Star has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 9
Scarlet Star has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 2
Alfonso avatar
@Alfonso
leaf-1 14 Plants
xp 197 XP
globe Salt Lake City, Utah
10/08/2021

Do not leave in direct sun for very long

Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Tiak143 avatar
@Tiak143
leaf-1 8 Plants
xp 333 XP
09/27/2021

It’s a pretty plant! But kind of boring IMHO… it’s not growing, not declining… great for beginners! (Also, it was a gift and I didn’t pick it, so that might be part of it)

Survivor Survivor
Sheila lady avatar
@Sheila lady
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 187 XP
globe Easton, Pennsylvania
09/16/2021

Still on the fence about these. Bought 3 at Home Depot last year. Followed all directions re light and water. One died off. The last 2 and still struggling. Neither has shown any color in over 6 months but I’m still trying.

Ben avatar
@Ben
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 66 XP
globe San Bruno, California
08/30/2021

Mine has been a breeze to take care of. Doesn’t need to be watered all the time and looks beautiful inside.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Kirbyfanacc avatar
@Kirbyfanacc
leaf-1 18 Plants
xp 519 XP
globe Basingstoke, England
07/29/2021

not a bad plant, looks pretty and has stayed in bloom since I bought it a few months ago. not an awful plant, but also not the most interesting. still love it ❤️

Blooms easily Blooms easily
Lauren5118 avatar
@Lauren5118
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 142 XP
06/25/2021

Bright and colourful! Grew like mad when I got it home and put on the window

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Junosbabies avatar
@Junosbabies
leaf-1 18 Plants
xp 461 XP
06/20/2021

It is very good at surviving and it dies every 1-3 years, cloning itself in about that amount of time as well and leaving you younger plants. I wish it bloomed more often

Survivor Survivor
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Gayforthesun avatar
@Gayforthesun
leaf-1 8 Plants
xp 161 XP
05/26/2021

i took a couple pups off a mother plant i got at lowe’s, they grow alright in soil but theyve gone crazy after i tied them to some driftwood and let them attach their roots to that

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Suds avatar
@Suds
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 105 XP
05/26/2021

It was my first ever plant and has been with me for only a couple days. I have since purchased four more plants and begun propagating my lovely airplant.

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower
Anxietyatlaw avatar
@Anxietyatlaw
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 1,358 XP
globe Indianapolis, Indiana
05/20/2021

Really low maintenance. Such a large, bright plant with such little effort. Mine has begun to grow a new little guy and I’m so excited!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Plantsareawesome avatar
@Plantsareawesome
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 231 XP
05/20/2021

i love! it sticks with me and is okay if you forget to water!

Survivor Survivor
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Thagan avatar
@Thagan
leaf-1 22 Plants
xp 813 XP
globe Hanover, Ontario
05/19/2021

This guy is a first year pup from an airplant that was given to me as a gift (died shortly after producing three pups). If your brightly coloured airplant starts to brown - don’t worry - it’s producing pups and you’ll soon have new ones that will take 3-6 years to reach their full life cycle!

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Leahtrit avatar
@Leahtrit
leaf-1 16 Plants
xp 392 XP
05/17/2021

Be careful not to let the flower in the middle get brown. my mom forgot to water it and it died, and I can’t get anything new to grow in its place.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Browns easily Browns easily
Bob33333 avatar
@Bob33333
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 197 XP
globe Oakland, California
05/14/2021

SHE GOT SO BROWN SO QUICK, BUT THIS APP HELPED SO MUCH SO I RECOMMEND RLY TAKING CARE OF THIS PLANT IF YOU WANT ONE

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Browns easily Browns easily
Cmmnsnse avatar
@Cmmnsnse
leaf-1 21 Plants
xp 639 XP
globe Pinellas Park, Florida
04/13/2021

Don’t be fooled by the obvious smooth confidence Clavish exudes, or his innocent youth. Underneath is an an unmatched strength that makes his future both unpredictable and fascinating. His growth is not one to be missed.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower
Mmeyerpeter avatar
@Mmeyerpeter
leaf-1 43 Plants
xp 1,018 XP
04/11/2021

Very low maintenance!

Blooms easily Blooms easily
Fast grower Fast grower

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