Scarlet Star Bromeliad

A Beginner's Guide to Scarlet Star Bromeliad Plant Care | All you Need to Grow

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Family: Bromeliaceae 
Common Name: Scarlet Star Bromeliad
Botanical Name: Guzmania lingulata  
Scarlet Star Bromeliad is genuinely beauty! This plant's leaves are long, slender, and sword-shaped! Its glossy, dark green color adds a beautiful backdrop to the flower spike!  Place this plant in bright, indirect light to help intensify the red glow! Water this indoor plant when the soil is dry, but be sure to drain thoroughly after watering it!


Scarlet Star Bromeliad plants can flourish in low, medium, or bright light, just as long as it is indirect. This indoor plant is known for its stunning colorful leaves, so increase the amount of indirect sunlight to draw out the intensity of the colors. And cut back on the light your bromeliad receives for a more subdued look.


Water your Scarlet Star Bromeliad when the soil is dry! This plant grows around a central cup. In nature, this cup works like a reservoir that collects rainwater that is then absorbed into the plant. Developing this plant as a houseplant can be watered through the cup and never directly into the soil, as it may cause root rot.
If watering this plant through the cup, ensure you fill it no more than halfway. Don't keep the cup full for an extended period of time, as this can promote rot. It is also essential to routinely rinse and flush the cup to remove any buildup of salts or minerals from the water.


Potting soil rich in nutrients and organic matter but still can drain well is the perfect growing medium for Guzmania lingulata. Most coco coir or peat-based potting soil mixes will be adequate but ensure they do not contain water-retentive crystals as they can cause the soil to stay moist, causing root rot continually. If you are feeling adventurous, try creating your potting soil!


Scarlet Star Bromeliads prefer warmer temperatures, although they are tolerant and can handle most home environments. The ideal temperature for a bromeliad is between 55-80°F. Avoid exposing this plant to temperatures below 50 degrees, as this can cause damage to the plant.


Scarlet Star Bromeliads, and bromeliads in general, naturally grow in the tropics and subtropics, so they like higher humidity. This plant is adaptable and can do very well in average humidity. Remember that indoor plants will need more humidity as interior temperatures rise.


During the growing season, fertilize your Guzmania lingulata with a complete liquid fertilizer, diluted to 1/4 the recommended strength, every 2-3 weeks, or use a slow-release fertilizer in the spring. You can also apply organic compost to the top of the soil, ensuring you mix it into the upper-most layer. Water your plant after applying the top dressing. Learn more about how and when to fertilize your indoor plants!

Growth Rate

A Scarlet Star Bromeliads' growth rate can vary on different environmental factors, plus the care it's given and the age of the plant. However, this plant's mature height typically ranges from 1 to 2 feet (30 to 60 cm).

Pet Friend or Foe

The Scarlet Star Bromeliad plant is pet friendly! Friend!

Pro Tips

  1. Do not expose Guzmania lingulata to direct sunlight. This can burn its leaves.
  2. To maintain the humidity levels that this tropical plant needs, we suggest you mist the leaves regularly or put a humidity tray by the plant!
  3. Always be cautious of common pests in your plant, such as mealybugs or scale insects. If you spot any pests, you should isolate the affected plant and treat it accordingly. This can be done with neem oil or insecticidal soap!

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