How to Care for a Philodendron Pink Princess
Light: Philodendron Pink Princess plants prefer indirect sunlight. Direct sunlight in the morning and afternoons is okay as the light is less harsh. If your room has a window you will be fine, although it will grow faster the brighter the room is.
Water: They prefer to dry out between waterings. Press your finger about an inch into the soil and if it is damp, do not water it. If it is dry it is time to water. In the summer you will water twice as much as the winter waterings.
Soil: Well-draining potting mix will let a Philodendron Pink Princess thrive.
Humidity: The average humidity in a house is great
About the Pink Princess
The Philodendron Pink Princess is one of the most in-demand houseplants around. Their hot pink variegation is stunning. They are easy to grow, but there are several very important things that you need to know in order to grow this plant to show and maintain its entire beauty.
The best part about growing a Philodendron Pink Princess is seeing how variegated each new leaf is! Variegation means that a plant has areas of different color, most notably on the leaves. The Philodendron Pink Princess has variegated areas of pink that can takeover an entire leaf.
In other plants variegation is commonly white or yellow. All variegations start out as a mutation in the plants genes. These variegated areas will lack chlorophyll, which is how plants create their energy, so they tend to grow slower than non-variegated houseplants.
A Pink Princess enjoys a few hours of direct sun in the morning or afternoon, provided by East or West windows. It is best to avoid direct mid-day sun when the sun is at its strongest. These plants are on the jungle floor, so they only pick up hints of light throughout the day, not direct.
Like most tropical houseplants, Philodendrons like to be in soil that drains easy, and that can dry fully from time-to-time. Let the top inch of soil dry out between watering.
You should never allow your plant to sit in water. Water your plant and let it drain into the bottom of its pot, on a saucer, or in your sink. Leaving your plant to sit in water will increase your risk of root rot.
Humidity and Temperature
Philodendrons like the Pink Princess prefer higher humidity levels. Levels around 50% humidity are the best, but average household humidity of 40% is perfectly fine. Bathrooms with bright windows are absolutely great for a philodendrons and other tropical plants.
When placing your plants around your house be sure to look out for drafts and breezes. Open windows letting in cool air may shock your plant, and leaving them next to a heating vent is not good for them.
For temperaturs, tropical plants grow best in temperatures of 16C to 29C for optimal growth. Temporary dips or rises in temperature are fine.
Philodendrons Pink Princesses are a vining plant, so a trellis, post, or moss pole is great to climb on. As your plant grows, gently tie the vine to the support structure. Your plant will appreciate the support and will grow even faster.
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You may also continually cut your plant. It will force out new growth and become bushier and fuller.
How to Get More Pink Leaves and More Variegation!
Everyone wants to have all pink leaves. That's why we love this plant so much! But remember that pink leaves have no chlorophyll in them, and that's what it needs to grow, so we have to find a balance.
You will want an even amount of pink and green leaves. If your Pink Princess starts to keep too many green leaves, it's possible your plant will revert to all green over time.
If you grow only pink leaves, or leaves that are more than half pink, the Pink Princess will decline in health as the variegated portions block your plant from converting sun into energy.
If your plant has started to grow all green leaves, or all pink leaves, you’ll need to prune it. Pruning off the all-pink leaves will help grow leaves that have a more balanced variegation.
Of course, if you do get all pink leaves, it is okay to enjoy it for a while. But don’t leave them on for too long or your plants health will start to decline.