The Philodendron Pink Princess is one of the hottest houseplants around. Literally and figuratively! The hot pink variegation is stunning, and nurseries can’t seem to keep this plant in stock. Philodendron Pink Princess is easy to grow, but there are some very important things that you need to know in order to grow this plant to its maximum beauty!
Pink Princess Variegation
One of the fun parts about growing the Philodendron Pink Princess is seeing how variegata each new leaf is!
First of all, what is variegation? It is important to understand this so you can manage its growth.
According to the Royal Horticultural Society, variegation means when a plant has areas of different color. In the case of the Philodendron Pink Princess, that color is pink.
In many other plants, it may be a creamy white, yellow, and other variations. Normally, the variegation is caused by a mutation in the plant.
The bottom line is that whatever the variegated color is, those sections of the leaves lack chlorophyll that is needed for the plant to photosynthesize and make food from the sun’s energy. Keep that in mind for later on in this post… back to the growing tips.
Philodendron Pink Princess – Light
We recommends good light in order to maximize the coloration in Pink Princess. What does this mean? As with all philodendrons, they like bright indirect light. Some direct sun is fine, but don’t place this plant in full sun otherwise you will damage the plant. Especially the variegated regions.
I have mine growing very nicely in an East facing window, so it receives some morning sun.
Philodendron Pink Princess – Watering and Soil
Philodendrons in general like to be on the moist end, but of course should always be well drained. I find that my plant responds best when I give it a thorough watering and let all the excess water drain away. Then I let the surface of the soil dry out before I water thoroughly again. Ideally, I let the top 1/2 inch to 1 inch or so dry out. Try and avoid letting the potting mix dry out completely.
As with any Philodendron, they do best in a soil mixture high in organic matter. You can also use your favorite soilless potting mix, but be sure to add a good amount of perlite to it to make it nice and airy. I rarely use potting mix straight out of the bag anymore. A good default houseplant potting mix that I use frequently is 3 parts of Miracle Gro Potting Mix with 1 part of Perlite. Mix it up and you have a nice, fluffy potting mix for your leafy tropical plants!
Fertilize regularly during the active growing season for best results. During winter, when growth has slowed down due to much shorter days, I normally stop fertilizing. It is a premium fertilizer that contains all the micro and macro nutrients that plants need, and is urea-free. I simply use 1/4-1/2 teaspoon per gallon of water every time I water during the growing season. Which for my houseplants, I’ll start fertilizing around February or March and then stop around October.
Even though she’s a princess…even princesses need support. This plant is a vining plant by nature, so be sure to give it a trellis or post to climb on. As it grows, loosely tie the vine to the support structure. You will achieve the best results from this plant if you provide a nice support for it. Whether you use a moss post, a cedar board, or any other support, your plant will appreciate the support.
Now on to the very important part that I was promising!
So many people want to have all pink leaves. But be careful what you wish for. The all pink leaves have zero chlorophyll in them, and if you don’t manage your plant, it will decline.
So what are some tips to keep your Philodendron Pink Princess in top shape?
You basically want a balance in non-variegated and variegated leaves on your plant.
If your plant starts to be overrun with all green leaves, your plant may become all green in time and bye bye Pink Princess. You may have a Green Princess, and who wants that?
On the other end, if you get ALL pink leaves, or leaves that are more than half pink, your plant will slowly decline in time because the variegated portions of the leaves have no chlorophyll at all for the plant to sustain itself.
The plant is basically starving itself if you don’t do something about it. Plants use chlorophyll to photosynthesize and make food for themselves utilizing the sun’s energy. Too much variegation means your plant is not producing enough food.
If your plant has started to grow all green leaves, or all pink leaves, you’ll need to prune your plant back a bit. Simply prune your plant back to the next leaf that has a balance variegation.
When I pruned off the all-pink leaves, my plant started to grow back leaves that had a more balanced variegation.
The growth from the node where you cut the plant back at should produce a more variegated growth. The “node” is simply the area where the leaf meets the stem. New growth is produced at the nodes.
Of course, if you do get all pink leaves, it is fine to enjoy the beauty for a while. Just don’t leave them on for too long otherwise your plant will start to decline.
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(Some of the information I have gathered from Ohiotropics)