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Guzmania lingulata plant care. How to care for Scarlet star bromeliad plant

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Guzmania lingulata plant care. How to care for Scarlet star bromeliad plant

Guzmania Lingulata plants are also referred to as Scarlet star plants. This is a popular plant of choice from the Bromeliad family. This plants’ native range in Southeast Mexico to Tropical America. Many older strains of scarlet start grew quite tall, but most modern named varieties are smaller, reaching a mature size of 10 in/25 cm tall and 12 in/30 cm wide.

This bromeliad has a rather upright posture, and its glossy green leaves add to its appeal. A flamboyant bloomer, in its third or fourth-year scarlet star, produces a brightly colored quilled spike, which emerges just above the foliage in the plant’s center. As the flower spike fades, usually 6 or more weeks after it appears, pups emerge from near the base of the Guzmania lingulata plant. Although scarlet star appreciates high humidity, it is less demanding of light than other bromeliads, and often grows beautifully in the bright artificial light of offices.

Guzmania lingulata produces flamboyant flower
Guzmania lingulata produces flamboyant flower

Guzmania lingulata plant specification

Light: Scalet star plants love moderate to bright year-round, with no direct sun; grows well with bright fluorescent light.

Temperature: Average to warm (65–80°F/18–27°C) year-round.

Fertilizer: Feed monthly year-round with a houseplant fertilizer mixed at half the normal strength. Feed leaves, roots, and reservoir.

Water: Keep a cup filled with at least 1 in/2.5 cm of water, and dribble enough water to the roots to keep them lightly moist. Empty old water from a cup every 2 to 3 weeks and promptly replace it. Leach pots once during the summer to remove accumulated salts.

Soil: Guzmania lingulata prefers bromeliad or orchid potting soil.

Scarlet star is very similar to orchid in term of caring
Guzmania lingulata is very similar to orchid in term of caring

Repotting: Repot annually in spring until the plant fills a 6 in/15 cm pot. Small pots help induce blooming in mature plants.

Propagation: Remove the offsets of your guzmania lingulata plant and pot them up when they are at least 3 in/7.5 cm tall. Maintain high humidity for a month after potting up the pups.

Guzmania Plant Care Tips: The Bromeliad
With The Vibrant Star Shaped Flower / JoyUsGarden

Display tips and Varieties

The handsome glossy leaves are spineless, so this bromeliad poses no danger when placed near activity areas. Moving a blooming plant to slightly lower light helps to intensify the color of the bracts. In order to draw out the beauty of the leaves, consider cleaning scarlet star leaves using damp cloth frequently.

There are numerous named varieties of Guzmania lingulata. The most popular is ‘Luna’, which produces a mauve spike. Others bloom yellow, red, or pinkish lavender. Varieties with reddish leaf markings often are not as vigorous as green-leafed selections.

Luna Guzmania lingulata
Luna Guzmania lingulata


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