How to Grow a Philodendron Pink Princess, a beginner care guide

In this beginner guide of how to grow a Philodendron Pink Princess you will learn about this popular plant which has become a coveted houseplant for plant lovers, including;

  • Why is Philodendron Pink Princess so expensive?
  • How to care for a Philodendron Pink Princess.
  • How do you keep Pink Princess Philodendron pink?
  • How to propagate a Philodendron Pink Princess.
  • Common pests and diseases of the Philodendron Pink Princess,

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Philodendron Pink Princess are expensive but also still a type of philodendron which are incredibly easy to grow. Philodendrons made our list of the 20 Best Indoor Plants You Can’t Kill.

Why is Philodendron Pink Princess so expensive?

The pink princess is expensive.

This is because growers cannot totally guarantee their philodendrons will turn out pink enough to actually sell as a pink princess philodendron, even if the mother plant is already heavily variegated with pink.

Unfortunately, many of them end up being disposed of.

Avoid the Pink Congo

Philodendron Pink Princess (Philodendron Erubescens) Care Guide

Beware of imitation plants. The pink Congo philodendron has solid pink leaves that will eventually revert back to all green. The pink princess philodendron generally has a good balance of pink and green variegation, not lots of solid pink leaves.

Kaylee Ellen has an amazing rare plant shop and she explains the craziness around the Philodendron Pink Princess and the Philodendron Pink Congo.

How to care for a Philodendron Pink Princess

Soil

Make sure your philodendron pink princess is planted in well-draining potting soil. I personally just eyeball my potting mixture.

I mix roughly 65-70% Miracle Gro Indoor Potting Mix with 20-25% perlite, and 10% horticultural charcoal.

I’ve found that philodendron pink princess like to be on the drier side, so let the soil dry out a little between watering. If you’re worried about over-watering, make sure to use a terra cotta pot. Always plant in pots with drainage holes.

Water

Water when the top inch of soil dries out.

Take care not to overwater, since philodendron pink princess will rot if kept soggy. If the leaves are brown and falling off, the plant is likely not getting enough water.

Droopy leaves can mean the plant is getting either too much or not enough water, but they should revive once you correct the issue.

Light

Philodendron pink princess grow best in medium light and bright indirect sunlight.

Older leaves turn yellow naturally. However, if you notice several yellow leaves at once, it could be an indicator that the plant is getting too much sun.

They will tolerate low light, but if the stems become leggy with several inches between the leaves, you may need to move the plant to a brighter location.

Temperature & Humidity

The temperature tolerance of pink princess philodendron is standard for the species. In general, they should not be exposed to temperatures below 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

Indoors, protect them from cool drafts, such as those from an air-conditioning vent.

These plants do like humidity, so if you live in a dry climate you might have to boost humidity around your philodendron. To do so, you can place a humidifier, such as this one, near your philodendron. You also can place the container on a tray of pebbles filled with water, ensuring that the bottom of the container isn’t touching the water, which can lead to root rot.

Brown leaf tips usually indicate that the humidity level is too low.

Fertilizing

Feed philodendron pink princess houseplants with a balanced liquid foliage houseplant fertilizer that contains macro-nutrients. Water the plant with the fertilizer monthly in spring and summer and every six to eight weeks in fall and winter.

Slow growth and small leaf size is the plant’s way of telling you that it isn’t getting enough fertilizer.

Pale new leaves usually indicate that the plant isn’t getting enough calcium and magnesium, which are essential micro-nutrients for philodendrons.

Toxicity

Philodendron pink princess should not be consumed by animals or humans.

Being educated on poisonous plants can help you avoid any accidents all the while enjoying your greenery.

Additional care

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How do you keep Pink Princess Philodendron pink?

I know we all want our princesses to be as pink as possible, but actually, the pink parts have no chlorophyll. If you end up with a leaf that is majority pink, it will eventually die. So, it is important to have pink AND green variegation.

Make sure to give your plant plenty of bright, indirect light to help it maintain its variegation. We’ll talk more about light further down.

If your plant is losing variegation—and this goes for the leaves becoming too green OR too pink—prune your plant back to just above a well-variegated leaf. This should give your plant a good chance of pushing out new growth that is also variegated (although there is no way to know for sure until the leaf grows). We’ll talk more about pruning further down.

how to propagate a Philodendron Pink Princess

Pink princess philodendron can be propagated using either water or soil propagation.

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common pests and diseases of the Philodendron Pink Princess

Philodendron are not prone to insects, but you may encounter aphids and mealybugs.

You can wipe off mealybugs with cotton balls dipped in rubbing alcohol.

Periodically showering the plant with water and applying insecticidal soap will help keep pests at bay.

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