Wow, it is a rare occasion if you can have the Philodendron erubescens white princess in your home. These tropical plants have stunning foliage with splashes of white, making them stand out in your living space.
Like all Philodendron plants, the white princess has underground and aerial roots that attach to support gathering watering. One thing is sure while it has greeny pointed leaves, it remains a slow grower. Today we will discuss how you can care for your white princess.
What is The White Princess
The white princess is a hybrid plant similar to the Philodendron white knight. The main differences are the coloration of the stems. The white knight has a darkish pink yet purple stem compared to the white princess green stem.
Still, when it comes to caring for this beauty, it is similar to most other Philodendron plants. Another fascinating thing is the origin of this outdoor plant is unknown, even if the species comes from Colombia.
Philodendron White Princess Plant Care
Okay, so no one has claimed a patent for the Philodendron erubescens white princess. So how do you take care of her? Well, we have all the juicy details right here for you.
The Best Potting Mix for White Princess Philodendron
Luckily, you do not need a specific potting mix for this rare plant as it loves the same ground as any other Philodendron. The important thing is it needs to be well-draining soil. But we strongly advise not to use premixed soil.
If you want your aroid to be healthy, choose one made for them, similar to growing in the tropical rain forests. So, heavy peat earth gets compressed and will suffocate your tropical princess. The best potting medium needs to be air, humid, and, yes, well-draining.
Here is a great recipe you can use comprising of 10% of each product you can mix:
- Peat moss
- Coco coir
- Pine bark chips
- Sphagnum moss
If you want, you can add aquarium charcoal to your mix to help with drainage.
Growing a Healthy White Princess With The Best Lighting
As your aroid has white variegation, it needs a bit more light than your other green aroid. The best spot to keep those variegated white blotches is in indirect sunlight or even a filtered one. So, choose an east-facing window to enjoy the morning sun with some dappled shade in the afternoon to prevent leaf burn.
Watering Needs for The White Princess Philodendron
Great you have planted your princess philodendron white in a jungle mix with a lot of bark chips. Then you need to keep the top layer of soil moist. So, it means watering daily, allowing the water to run through the bottom.
Hence, you can also soak your plant in water for a few hours to allow the bark chips to absorb moisture. But drain the excess water as you do not want your princess standing in water. Also, do not let the ground get dry.
If your plant is in a generic mix, we recommend letting the top cover dry before watering again.
Ideal Temperature & Humidity for Most Philodendrons
Your white princess adapts to most humidity levels in the home. But to make her thrive, you can increase the moisture up to 85%. You can group your other aroids with your tropical princess.
Or, you can use a pebble tray filled with water placed under the pot. Now, your plant cannot tolerate the cold and needs an optimal temperature of 78° to 86°F (26°C-30°C).
If the temperature drops below 62°F (17°C), it damages your plant.
Feeding Your White Princess
The best time to feed your indoor plant is in spring through to summer. If your plant gets daily watering, we recommend dipping the container in diluted fertilizer once a week.
For heavier substrate potting and only watering when the top layer is dry – fertilize your plant with every other watering using half a dose diluted.
Propagation of Philodendron Eurbescens White Princess
Okay, you love your plant, and yes, you want to reproduce your princess. So, you can start with stem cuttings. The best time to do this is in early summer or spring. Follow these easy steps:
- Select a stem with three leaf nodes and cut about seven inches of the stem.
- Fill a small pot halfway with your potting medium and moisten it.
- Pluck the bottom leaves and place the cutting on the ground.
- Please place it in a humid environment with indirect light and cover it with a plastic bag.
- You should notice established roots after 25 days.
- Once the roots establish, remove the plastic bag and care for it as usual.
USDA Growth Zone
The minimum USDA cold hardiness zones for your white princess to thrive are ten and above as they are frost-free. But the best is to grow your princess as indoor plants.
Potting and Pruning White Princess
If you have an immature Philodendron erubescens white princess, it will continue to sprout, outgrowing the pot fast.
Still, if the plants are rooted and have a mounting development, they will climb onto different supports, and there is no need for repotting.
You will only want to prune your princess if it reaches up to five feet to keep it in a medium size. You can also trim away dead or diseased leaves that become yellow.
Philodendron Similar Plants
The plant is exquisite with white leaf variegation and purple/brown stem. The plant displays well with other aroid plants in your collection.
Another in-demand aroid is the white wizard with its variegated foliage. The white shade is bright and can occur on the leaves and stems.
Okay, we just had to add this indoor plant to the collection. When you look at the deep green foliage molted with pink patterns, it is alluring.
White Princess Plant Diseases & Pests
The white princess can endure some diseases and pests in her lifetime. So keep an eye on the following:
- Yellow leaves with brown halos can result from too much shade or the soil being too wet. Another cause is underfeeding, and it may need more nutrition for keeping those luscious leaves.
- Bugs to look out for are spider mites and mealybugs. You can use a horticultural oil sprayed onto the plant to get rid of the infestation.
- Root rot is the main problem resulting from overwatering.
Frequently Asked Questions
If the leaves keep turning yellow, it can be from too much sunlight. But if your plant looks leggy, then it needs more light.
Yes, if you are lucky to own this beautiful tropical princess, you have a unique outdoor plant you can grow indoors. The plant is exceptional with its white and green leaves.
The evergreen perennial climbs through its aerial roots if you allow it to use a moss pole. But if you prefer it not to roam around the home, you can give it a prune as well.
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