Common Names: Scarlet Star, Droophead Tufted Airplant, Orange Star, Vase Plant
Origin: Mexico to Tropical America
Light: Bright, tolerates shade
Foot Candles: 200 - 250+
Water: Keep foliage vase filled with water. Refresh water to prevent stagnation.
Humidity: Rainforest like humidity, tolerates lower
Soil: Very loose bark based growing medium
Container: Any size due to insignificant root system. Drainage required. Can be mounted as an epiphyte. Works in living walls.
Nutrients: Not required
Propagation: Carefully remove offsets, also known as ‘pups’
Interiorscape Use: Adds colour to any area
Common Pests: Mealybugs, Aphids, Spider Mites, Scale, Thrips.
Common Issues: Root-rot. Water filled vase can become stagnant and smell. May also create a breeding ground for pests. The plant is typically replaced when it has finished flowering.
Comments: Available in a stunning variety of colours. Very easy to care for and cheap to produce. Leaf edges may be sharp with spines along the ridge.