Scientific Name: Guzmania lingulata
Common Name: Orange Star ; Scarlet Star
- Good light
- Temperature 13- 18 degree celsius
- Keep on the dry side.
The growing habit is that of most bromeliads - the plant forms a stift rosette of leaves that protrude from a short and stout central trunk. Overlapping leaves make a natural watertight urn, which must be kept filled with water. However, it is advisable to empty the urn and refuill with fresh water periodically. Rain water is preferred but try to avoid getting the soil in the pot too wet. Impressive orange-scarlet bracts develop on short stems from the centre of the urn during winter. New plants can be started from offsets.
Bromeliads should be grown in a free-draining mixture; equal parts of a loam-based medium and peat will be ideal. Alternatively, use a prepared bromeliad mix.
To encourage bloom: Grow in bright filtered light