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Finding a variegated flowering plant for your living space is tricky. Yet not impossible. Check out this royalty plant right here today.
The Pink Princess Philodendron is a show stopper. Do you agree? Yes, it is with its pink variegation and dark leaves. What if we tell you the Pink Princess can easily become part of your houseplant collection?Excited yet!
Then, keep reading to know the best way to care for this tropical plant.
The Pink Princes or Blushing Philodendron is a hybrid philodendron that is native to Columbia. The plant is stunning, with dark green leaves shaping an arrow.
What makes it standout is the pink variegation. When lifting the leaves, the underside has a color of copper to red hue. It makes a statement anywhere.
Now, you may be thinking that this royalty plant must be difficult to care for. Not at all because it is a low-maintenance plant. And here we are to help you with the basic care and maintenance needs.
Check out the table below to find out more about this houseplant.
Scientific Name: Philodendron erubescens
Plant type: Herbaceous perennial
Exposure to Sunlight: Bright indirect light
Soil Type: Well-drained soil
Color: Pink variegated
Water: Medium water requirement once a week
Favorable Climate: Tropical Climate
Preferable Fertilizer: Slow-release feed
Propagation: Division or stem cutting
Toxicity Warning: Toxic to pets
Height: 23-inches in length (58.42 cm)
Philodendron Pink Princess Plant Care Basics
The Pink Princess will add a splash of color to your greenery. The leaves look as if painted with a brush in shades of bright and light pinks.
But, the variegation of color varies from one leaf to another. So, yes, this pink princess really looks fantastic! But how can you make sure it remains that way. To hold the color, you need to provide proper care and maintenance.
Here, we have had our detailed Philodendron Pink Princess guide.
Philodendron Pink Princess Soil Requirement
Do you want your Philodendron Pink to thrive? Then, plant your princess in a potting mix high in organic matter. You can grow your houseplant in Sphagnum peat moss. Just make sure the water drains well and that the soil is not compact.
You can find commercial mixes of orchid bark, peat moss, and perlite made for aroid plants. Or, you can make your own with the following materials.
- Get coco coir and place 40% of it in a pot to mix with
- 30% orchid bark and
- 10% perlite with 10% worm casting
The coco coir helps hold moisture while the bark creates air pockets allowing the roots to breathe. The perlite drains excess water. The worm casting, on the other hand, feeds your pink princess with the nutrients it needs to grow.
If you tend to overwater, which you should not do, you can use less peat moss with more perlite. Yet, the opposite applies to underwatering by adding more peat moss.
The important thing is to keep the roots of your Pink Princess Philodendron happy. To prevent root rot, you need to give her the right amount of water.
While the Pink Princess can live in water, those kept in soil need to be moist but not soggy. So, the rule of thumb is if the top inch of soil is dry, water your plant.
If you grow yours fully in water, the best is to use lukewarm rainwater to keep the root system healthy.
When it comes to the Philodendron Pink Princess, care light is important. Your indoor plant prefers a medium or bright indirect light. Please do not place your plant in direct sunlight as it might burn the leaves. But exposing your Pink Princess to sunlight in the morning for four hours is fine.
Where must you place my Philodendron erubescens? You can place your tropical plants in the north or east part of the garden or home. But if you do not have windows in the area, you can drape sheer curtains to help diffuse the light.
Another reason why light is so important it keeps the pink variegation vibrant. However, if it gets more than four hours of sun, the leaves may burn. Or, it may turn back to an olive-green shade. Too little sun, for example, two hours, produces dark brown leaves.
So get the perfect balance to fill the leaves with pink, chocolate brown, and green shading.
Temperature Requirement & Humidity Requirement
For a healthy Pink Princess Philodendron, the temperature needs to be right. It can be around 55°F to 95°F (13°C – 35°C.)
But, of course, your plant is its happiest when temperatures are between 75°F to 84°F (24°C-29°C.)
Yet, during the evening, make sure your princess is in a room not below 59°F (15°C.)
Your Pink Princess thrives in high humidity levels. If the humidity is right, plants have lush and shiny foliage. So, if you can keep the humidity level at 50%, everything should be fine.
Doing this provides your houseplant with more variegation and new growth. To increase the humidity, you can do the following:
- A humid area is your bathroom and shower, and if there is enough sunlight, you can place your plant there. You can even take your princess with you when having a shower to provide it some steam misting.
- Or, you can use a humidifier and works with water releasing a mist that your plant absorbs. The method works better than leave misting as it provides constant moisture.
Pink princess wouldn’t normally require fertilizers. You can add additional sources of nutrients only when the plant needs them. You can do this every 6 to 8 weeks from spring to summer months. Use a slow-release fertilizer to add to the plant’s potting mix.
You must agree that this Philodendron is a sight to behold with its pink and dark green leaves. So, propagating it is the way to keep its line alive. You need not buy another one as the propagation process yields excellent results.
When the growing season arrives, you can multiply your plant with these techniques.
- Choose a thick stem with at least two nodes (aerial roots) attached.
- Remove the leaves and keep the nodes at least two inches on each side. They may grow leaves, prolonging their life while growing.
- Take some potting mix with only peat moss or use your chunky mix and place the cut part in it. Keep the cutting parallel (lying down) to your soil so that the nodes grow roots.
- Mist the mix and cover it with a plastic bag. Keep checking for new growth and if the soil is moist.
Once you notice new growth, you can remove the bag and care for it as normal.
- Look for a stem with more than one node (it looks like a small bump that is pink/reddish.)
- Remove the leaves but leave 1/2 inch on either side of the node.
- Please place it in a glass of water covering two inches of the node.
Voila, you’re done! Once you notice the node growing roots around 2.5 inches, you can transplant it into a potting mix. Provide the plant with enough water and leave it to drain.
Pink Princess thrives in warmer temperatures. It is similar to most Philodendron species. You can grow it outdoors in USDA zones 9 to 11.
The Philodendron erubescens is a slow-growing plant. Thus, it only needs repotting only every two years. Doing this provides your plant with fresh soil to encourage new growth. So, how do you do this? Just follow the steps indicated below:
- Water your pink princess plant well a day before repotting.
- Prepare your new container with a half-fill of the correct potting mix.
- Remove your pink princess and remove the soil from the roots.
- Now is the time to inspect your plant for root rot or diseases and prune your plant. A healthy root has a white or tan color and is not mushy.
- When planting your Philodendron, keep it at the same height as in your other pot.
- Fill it up with the potting soil filling up the remaining space, and press around the stems.
- Please give it a thorough watering and leave it to drain well.
Pink Philodendron Varieties and Similar Plants
One of the biggest confusions making its round online is the Pink Congo. Everyone is confusing it with the Pink Princess Philodendron plants. So, we want to provide you with the difference to prevent further confusion.
How do you know if you have a Pink Princess Philodendron or the Pink Congo?
The Congo has solid pink leaves known as artificial variegation. The Congo’s color lasts only for a short time because it’s induced by the hormone ethylene. The ethylene gas caused the green leaves to turn pink.
The pink princess, on the other hand, is real variegation. The pink color lasts long and will even reproduce through time.
Philodendron Pink Princess Diseases & Pests
One thing you’ll notice about your Pink Princess is that it is a hardy houseplant. Common pests you may find are aphids and mealybugs. In contrast, diseases are due to watering concerns causing root rot. Here are some care tips if you notice the following:
- Leaves that droop can be from too much water and or underwatering. Alter your watering to help the leaves rejuvenate faster. Keep testing the soil using your finger. If the soil is dry, water your plant.
- Leaf edges turning brown check the humidity levels in the room. The best solution is to place it on a pebble tray with water or invest in a humidifier to keep the levels constant,
Frequently Asked Questions
The reason is growers cannot guarantee their Philodendron Pink Princess will turn out pink enough to sell it as a Pink Princess even if the mother plant has a heavily variegated pink in it.
To keep your Pink Princess Philodendron pink, provide bright filtered light. Providing the correct light intensity would help balance between the dark green and pink shades. Also, if the new leaves start turning green, it helps to prune some of the foliage back above the last variegated leaf.
Unfortunately, there are many reasons for this to happen. It all comes down to the copies made and timing. The possibility is the grower used nice tissues from the mother stock to create tissue culture for your plant. If this happens over and again, the quality reduces, and the pink disappears.
Or, you may have a young plant that will only show the pink variegation later on. Some only express their color when mature.