Caring for a Sun Star Plant?


April 23, 2010

I have an orange star plant that has quit blooming. Should I cut the long stems off? The pot it is in has no hole at the bottom. Should I re-pot it? It's a beautiful plant and I would like to keep it. I just don't know how to take care of it. Thank You. Allene


Hardiness Zone: 10a

By Allene from Phoenix, AZ


April 25, 20108 found this helpful
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An orange star plant is a tropical bromeliad originating from Ecuador. These plants make excellent house plants with their numerous overlapping green leaves coming from a central trunk and then bursting with a bright orange flower. The orange star can add a tropical feel and color to any room in your home. Like any tropical plant, the orange star likes it warm and humid. This plant is easy to grow with minimal care.

Step 1
Keep your orange star plant in bright indirect light or filtered light. If you are keeping the plant on a desk or in an area that does not have indirect light, keep under fluorescent lighting and check the soil for dryness more often.

Step 2
Water to keep the soil evenly moist during the spring, summer and fall. Cut back the watering to allow the top of the soil to dry out in the winter. Leave a bottle of tap water out for 24 hours before using it to water the plant. This will allow harmful chemicals and lime to dissipate from the water.

Step 3
Mist the plant with a spray bottle once a day during the summer and fall. Another way to add humidity to the plant is to set the container on a tray covered with pebbles and water. Do not allow the plant to sit in the water but above it on the pebbles.

Step 4
Fertilize your orange star with a water-soluble fertilizer once a month from May through October. Use a balanced 20-20-20 fertilizer.

Step 5
Repot the plant every spring to encourage new growth. Give it a little extra water and hold back fertilizer until the plant has fully adjusted to the new pot and soil. You will know that it has adjusted by seeing new growth. Good luck.

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May 1, 2020

I recently bought a sun star plant and the bulbs are top heavy and causing the entire plant to droop. What should I do?


May 1, 20200 found this helpful
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It almost sounds like you are over watering the plant. You should just water this plant once a week and don't try to over water it because the plant does not do good in wet solid and does a lot better in dryer soil. Normally on these plants the leaves are a bit droopy and this is normal when it flowers.

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May 2, 20200 found this helpful
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Make sure you do not overwater. You also want to make sure they receive bright indirect sunlight. Also it prefers a cooler indoor temperature.

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May 3, 20200 found this helpful
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Try a bigger pot for more stability, adding more soil. Make sure that this plant is moist (not wet) . Loves very bright sun, and spent leaves and flowers removed will make it stronger and reproduce!

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May 3, 20200 found this helpful
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I believe that I've always known these as Star of Bethlehem.

It sounds like you may need to repot your plant into a larger pot (with good drainage please). You can also divide up the bulbs and use several pots.

If that is not the case then you may need to stake your plant until it gets acclimated to its new home. Big store bought plants sometimes have a difficult adjusting as we have no way to know what type of atmosphere they were grown in and most likely, it is nothing like what we bring it home to.

It is always best to do research on a new plant as soon as we bring it home as the little tags that come with a plant leave a lot to be desired as to real information and the future health of a new plants starts immediately - just as soon as we set it down - indoors or outdoors.

Several things about this plant:
"Don't be alarmed if the strappy foliage at the base of the plant is floppy, the 4-inch basal foliage naturally lies on the ground."
"Prune off foliage to the ground only after it has yellowed. Until that point, it still is taking in energy for next season's growth."

My plant seem easy to grow but I have them outside so not too sure of special care on indoors - I like to research and find what I need to do with new plants - especially where water, sun light and fertilizer is concerned.
Maybe you can gain information from these sites.

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May 29, 2018

I have an orange star plant, I think! Mine is yellow; is it something else?


May 30, 20180 found this helpful
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They come in yellow, too. Have a look at this page:

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Where can this plant be purchased? Thank you.

By Janette from Parkersburg, WV


April 18, 20170 found this helpful

I got mine from stop and shop believe it or not

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April 5, 20181 found this helpful

mine came from Walmart in Rochester, N.Y.

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April 9, 20180 found this helpful

I got mine at Kroger grocery store

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April 30, 20180 found this helpful

I got mine from Traders Joe. When I saw it I cant residt from buying it. Its so pretty

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May 7, 20180 found this helpful

I got mine from walmart in Taylorsville NC

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May 11, 2017

I have a sun star plant, does anyone if if I can put it outside or do I need to keep it in doors? How I do I care for this kind of plant? I saw it and thought it was pretty.


May 11, 20171 found this helpful

Give it full sun and moderately moist soil.

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Here are Sun Star care instructions from

Water: Keep planting mix moist.

Light: Place in bright indirect sun light indoors.

Continuing Care: Remove spent flower spikes at base.

Temperature: Performs well at a cooler indoor temperature.

Fertilizer: Use liquid fertilizer at half the label rate every other month.

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May 13, 20170 found this helpful

You ask about putting it outside or should you keep it inside.
For planting outside the guides are saying okay in zones 7 - 11 but 7 and 8 may be risky unless you dig up the bulbs. It is a beautiful plant and is available in orange, yellow and white.
Here is a link to the US hardiness map in case you are not familiar with your zone.

Here is a link with care instructions - be sure to read all the way to the bottom and also - remember that most sites say this is a toxic plant so keep away from pets.

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April 4, 20182 found this helpful

Can you show video on how and when to cut dying flowers

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May 17, 20181 found this helpful

My Orange Star has leaves turning yellow. Whats up?

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April 8, 2019

My potted sun star plant began growing leaves about 2 months ago but there is still no sign of a flower stalk. (I was given this plant last Mother's Day while it was in bloom.) How long does it normally take to bloom?

The leaves are healthy, but I wonder if I should have separated the bulbs and repotted since the leaf clusters are thick and close together.

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May 25, 2018

I just bought and planted orange star flower, I love it, but in a wind storm one of the stalks broke off. Can I re-sprout it by planting the broken stalk directly back into the dirt or placing in water?


May 25, 20180 found this helpful

I would place in water until roots grow. Then use rooting hormone and plant in the ground.

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May 26, 20180 found this helpful

Sorry to hear about the breakage. That is frustrating. Unlike most plants, I never had luck starting a broken one of the orange stars in water or dirt...they usually get moldy and die. Could be I just didn't do it right. Friends have done well splitting the bulbs at the bottoms when they get the "mini" bulb growths. That is an easy way to fill in for next year.

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May 16, 2019

I received an orange star plant for Mother's Day May 12th. Can I transplant it in a bigger pot right now?

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I purchased the orange star plant and am curious to know if the bulbs multiply?

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