Botanical name: Guzmania spp
The Scarlet Star Bromeliad (Guzmania spp) is one of the Bromeliads grown as a houseplant for the beauty of the bright-red or orange showy flower-heads with a central cluster of small white flowers.
The leaves in Scarlet Star Bromeliads are backward-arching and smooth-edged, about 1.5 ft long.
Scarlet Star Bromeliads are typical Bromeliads with leathery, arching leaves and a distinct central 'vase' from which a stout stalk bearing a bold flower-head emerges.
A Scarlet Star Bromeliad may take upto 4 years to reach the flowering stage but the display may last several months.
The Scarlet Star Bromeliads display of the flower head is due to the presence of long-lasting showy bracts; true flowers are small and short-lived.
Once the flower-head fades, the rosette of leaves begins to die and is replaced by offsets (pups) at the base.
Guzmania Bromeliads (Guzmania spp) are native to Florida, The West Indies, southern America, Central America, Mexico and western and northern South America.
Several varieties of the Scarlet Star Bromeliads are available. Guzmania lingulata which bears orange and red bracts and its leaves are 1.5 ft long.
Guzmania zahnii is the giant bearing 2 ft long leaves. Guzmania Omer Morobe and Guzmania musaica are grown for their striped or banded foliage.
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Scarlet Star Bromeliad (Guzmania spp) grows best in bright light but away from direct sunlight. It can also grow under a grow light.
Turn the pot regularly to ensure the plant receives light on all sides for even growth. Check out this guide on understanding light for houseplants.
Like with other rosette Bromeliads, Scarlet Star Bromeliads require the central 'vase' to be filled with water at all times. Empty and refill the 'vase' regularly to prevent growth of bacteria which may cause the water to become smelly.
Use only chlorine-free water for your Scarlet Star Bromeliads as they are sensitive to chlorine and other chemicals that may be dissolved in water.
Water the soil of Scarlet Star Bromeliad (Guzmania spp) only when it dries to keep the roots moist. Avoid soggy soil as it can lead to root-rot disease and eventual death of your Bromeliad.
The best temperature for growing Scarlet Star Bromeliad indoors is an average warmth with a minimum of 150C. However, to bring the Scarlet Star Bromeliad to flower requires temperatures above 260C.
Scarlet Star Bromeliad (Guzmania spp) requires a humid enviroment to thrive. If the humidity is too low, the plant will respond with brown leaf tips.
Ensure that there is good air circulation for your Scarlet Star Bromeliads to prevent pests and disease infestation.
Feed Scarlet Star Bromeliads (Guzmania spp) with a liquid fertilizer (foliar feed) every 2 weeks during the growing season.
Do not feed your Scarlet Star Bromeliad during the cold season as growth is minimal at this time and it may lead to fertilizer burn and eventual death of your Bromeliad.
Repotting Scarlet Star Bromeliad (Guzmania spp) is not necessary as its roots are tiny and are unlikely to fill the pot. Pot your Scarlet Star Bromeliad in a shallow, heavy pot to prevent it from toppling over as it can become top-heavy.
Also provide support for your Scarlet Star Bromeliad to help keep it upright. Read more on how to train houseplants.
The best soil for Scarlet Star Bromeliad should be rich in organic matter, loose, free-draining bark soil to prevent it from getting soggy while providing the required nutrients.
Most orchid potting mixes are ideal for Scarlet Star Bromeliad. Buy quality Orchid Potting Mix for your Scarlet Star Bromeliad from Etsy.
Pruning Scarlet Star Bromeliad (Guzmania spp) involves removal of dead leaves to keep your plant neat and tidy and to allow adequate room for the new plants to grow.
Remove the dead foliage from your Scarlet Star Bromeliad by cutting at the base with a sharp, clean knife or a pair of scissors.
Scarlet Star Bromeliads (Guzmania spp) are propagated from offsets (pups) appearing at the base of the plant.
When the Scarlet Star Bromeliad offset (pup) is several months old or 1/3 to 1/2 the height of mother plant, separate it from the mother by cutting with a sharp, clean knife or scissors.
Ensure the Scarlet Star Bromeliad offset has some roots attached to it and plant the Scarlet Star Bromeliad offset shallowly in loose, free-draining bark soil.
Use a shallow heavy pot to prevent your Scarlet Star Bromeliad from toppling over as it can get top-heavy and ensure that the plant is well supported to prevent it from toppling over as its has a small root system.
Place the set up in a warm, shaded place until the new Scarlet Star Bromeliad plant is well established after which routine care can begin.
Scarlet Star Bromeliad (Guzmania spp) problems indoors are due to cultural faults in humidity, lighting and watering. Read on for the remedies and solutions.
Inadequate light for Scarlet Star Bromeliads is the cause of dark, soft, drooping, long leaves. This Bromeliad grows best in bright light.
Move your Scarlet Star Bromeliad to a brighter spot as it prefers bright light but away from direct sunlight. It can also grow under a grow light.
Exposing Scarlet Star Bromeliad to direct sunlight will cause it to have pale brown patches on the leaves. Scarlet Star Bromeliad does not like to be exposed to direct sunlight. Protect it from direct sunlight or move it to a shadier spot.
Growing Scarlet Star Bromeliad where the air is too dry (low humidity) will cause it to have brown leaf tips.
If your Scarlet Star Bromeliad has not flowered, the cause of death is root-rot disease due to soggy soil.
If your Scarlet Star Bromeliad has flowered then rotting and death of rosette which bore flower-stalk is natural to give room for the new plants.
Remove the dead foliage from your Scarlet Star Bromeliad by cutting at the base with a clean knife or a pair of scissors to create space for the new plants.
Scarlet Star Bromeliads (Guzmania spp) are non-toxic to humans and pets. The plants are safe to grow indoors.
However, the leaves of your Scarlet Star Bromeliad bear short spines which may cause physical injury if handled with bare hands. Always wear gloves when handling your Scarlet Star Bromeliad to prevent injury.