Plant Care Scarlet Star

Scarlet Star

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

About Scarlet Star

The Scarlet Star is a tropical bromeliad, and one of the most popular ones in cultivation. The colorful blooms in the center of the plant are actually made up of red or orange 'bracts' and the plant only produces tiny white 'true' flowers just before it dies. In the wild, they collect rainwater in the center of their bracts so next time you water, try to mimic nature and leave a small pool for them to drink! 💧

Taxonomy

Guzmania lingulata
Guzmania
Bromeliaceae
Poales

Also known as

Droophead Tufted Airplant, Droophead Tufted Airplant, Orange Star, Vase Plant, Bromeliad guzmania and Scarlet Star Bromeliad

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

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.

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💡 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!

Benefits of Growing Droophead Tufted Airplant →

Common Droophead Tufted Airplant Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Scarlet Star thrives in dry soil and should be watered sparingly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Droophead Tufted Airplant Water Frequency →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Scarlet Star requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Droophead Tufted Airplant Light Requirements →

Droophead Tufted Airplant Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Scarlet Star is not known to cause harm to humans or pets. Regardless, if you, a family member, a cat, or dog has ingested any plant material, please consult a doctor or a veterinarian.

Droophead Tufted Airplant Toxicity to Dogs →

Droophead Tufted Airplant Toxicity to Humans →


💨 Humidity

Scarlet Star prefers dry environments. Providing extra humidity or misting your plant allows water to linger on leaves, which can create the perfect environment for harmful types of fungi.

Droophead Tufted Airplant Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Scarlet Star does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

When and How to Successfully Repot Droophead Tufted Airplant →


💩 Fertilizer

Scarlet Star grows very slowly and doesn’t require added fertilizer. Replacing your plant’s potting soil once a year should provide them with more than enough nutrition. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!


🌎 Native Region

Scarlet Star is native to Central, South America, and the Caribbean.


🌸 Flowers

Yes, you may see your Scarlet Star bloom with the right amount of sunlight and water.


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Scarlet Star grows in a rosette pattern, with leaves neatly arranged in a circle. New growth will emerge from the center.

How and When to Prune Droophead Tufted Airplant →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Scarlet Star can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 10a-12b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Droophead Tufted Airplant Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

Scarlet Star can be propagated by division into new individual plants.

  • Check to see if there is more than one plant. In some cases they may still be beneath the soil surface. If you feel confident, you may remove the soil to check for baby plantlets below!
  • If there are multiple plants growing, unpot the plant and gently tug the plants apart, being careful not to disturb too many of the roots. They may be connected by large root segments which you may need to break to free the plantlet.
  • Pot up the new plant in well-draining soil
  • Repot the parent plant back into its original pot

🍂 Yellow Leaves

Yellow leaves aren’t always a reason to panic, and can be a normal part of a plant’s life cycle. Unless brand new leaves are turning yellow or all the leaves change color at once, it’s likely just your plant shedding old leaves.

Overwatering and root rot are the most likely cause of problems in Scarlet Star, since they are very sensitive to wet soil. The leaves may also appear to be curling or drooping. Less often, yellow leaves are caused by underwatering, nutrient deficiencies, or pests.

Replace soggy soil with fresh, dry soil and download Greg to make sure your plant never gets overwatered again!


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


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 Survivor plant personality Survivor 31
Scarlet Star has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 31
Scarlet Star has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 20
Scarlet Star has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 18
Scarlet Star has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 17
Scarlet Star has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 12
Scarlet Star has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 4
@BlobfishMaster avatar
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leaf-1 28 Plants
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02/19/2022

I need some advice on this because it’s new

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Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 25 Plants
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globe Milaca, MN
01/18/2022

It has a beautiful red flower in the middle of the plant.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
@dylan1stokes avatar
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leaf-1 36 Plants
xp 3,495 XP
globe Witham, England
01/10/2022

I picked this plant up when I was looking for rescue plants the other day. With better looking after I think I can make this plant look vibrant again

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
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leaf-1 2 Plants
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globe Lancaster, OH
01/08/2022

I love the colors and leaves on these!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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globe Salt Lake City, UT
10/08/2021

Do not leave in direct sun for very long

Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
@Tiak143 avatar
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leaf-1 13 Plants
xp 1,927 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
@SheLadyRed avatar
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leaf-1 18 Plants
xp 2,176 XP
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.

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@Ben
leaf-1 5 Plants
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globe San Bruno, CA
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.

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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
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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

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Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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Browns easily Browns easily
@elephantplantlover30 avatar
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leaf-1 18 Plants
xp 210 XP
06/21/2021

I’ve struggled so much with fungus gnats in this plant.

Pest magnet Pest magnet
@Junosbabies avatar
@@Junosbabies
leaf-1 14 Plants
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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
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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
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leaf-1 47 Plants
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globe Chicago, IL
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
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05/20/2021

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

Survivor Survivor
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@leahtrit avatar
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leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 510 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
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leaf-1 3 Plants
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globe Oakland, CA
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

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Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Browns easily Browns easily

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