The pink princess philodendron is one of the most popular houseplants for a reason. Many people have fallen in love with the hot pink color, and people are seeking out these houseplants at nurseries around North America.
In fact, this version of the philodendron is so popular that nurseries can’t seem to keep them in stock. Many places are charging quite a bit of money for these plants now due to how high the demand is.
If you’re interested in growing a pink princess philodendron, then you’re going to need to know what you need to do. Growing these plants isn’t necessarily difficult, but you do need to try to do things right to keep the plant healthy and to maintain the pink color.
Read on to learn more about caring for the pink princess philodendron. Once you’ve read all of the information, it’ll be a lot simpler to get good results when caring for this popular houseplant.
When you look at the pink princess philodendron plants online, you’ll usually see that only parts of the plant are pink. Sometimes there’s a lot of pink, but there are also plants that only have little bits of pink.
The other portions of the plant will be green and these sections will look more like a typical philodendron. So why are some of the spots pink while other spots are green?
When a plant has certain spots that are a different color this is referred to as variegation. There are many different variegated plants on the market, and typically the variegation is caused by a mutation in the plant.
The sections of the plant that are pink on the pink princess philodendron actually lack chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is needed so that plants can photosynthesize and gain sustenance from the sun’s rays.
The fact that variegated plants have photosynthesis issues will cause them to grow slower than usual. You should know this going in so that you don’t get worried when you see that the pink princess philodendron isn’t growing as well as a standard philodendron that you own.
Light Is Important
Maintaining the pink color in the pink princess philodendron involves ensuring that the plant has adequate light. Philodendrons will thrive when they’re given access to bright indirect sunlight.
Direct sunlight can be dangerous when you’re caring for these plants. Too much harsh sun can harm the plant, and you need to remember that variegated plants are especially sensitive.
Try to get your plant enough sunlight so that it can grow and remain vibrant. You can place the plant near an east or west-facing window to get good results so long as you’re keeping the plant protected from direct sunlight.
Ideally, the pink princess philodendron should receive eight hours of bright indirect sunlight each day. It should be possible to find a good spot in your home to provide this much sunlight to the philodendron.
Grow lights could also be used if you’re having issues getting the philodendron enough sunlight. More sunlight helps the plant to produce a brighter and more beautiful pink variegation.
Get the Humidity Levels Right
Getting the humidity levels right will help you to get the best results. These plants enjoy high humidity levels, and this means that you might need a humidifier for your home depending on where you live.
To help the pink princess philodendron thrive, it’ll be best to keep it in an environment with a 75% humidity level. It should be easy to buy a small humidifier and set it up for your plants.
Fertilize the Plant
Fertilizing the plant is also going to be helpful when you’re trying to get the plant to grow and produce pink leaves. Remember that this plant grows slowly under normal circumstances, and this is why fertilizer can be useful.
Of course, you can’t go overboard when using fertilizer. Too much fertilizer will wind up being a bad thing for any plant, but a pink princess philodendron can use fertilizer every one or two weeks during the growing season.
You’ll want to use diluted indoor plant fertilizer to keep things safe. You aren’t supposed to use any fertilizer during the winter since you’d run the risk of burning the plant.
Sometimes your pink princess philodendron isn’t going to produce pink leaves. You want the plant to produce leaves that have some pink variegation, but if this doesn’t occur, then you might need to prune the plant.
It is important to leave some leaves that are mostly green on the plant. It’s actually quite unhealthy for the pink princess philodendron to have all pink leaves.
This means that you need to be careful with how you approach this situation. Pruning is a good idea when you’re trying to encourage variegation, but it can be somewhat random when it comes to getting a pink variegated leaf.
Genetics will certainly play a role, but sometimes you might not get a leaf that has variegation. You can use pruning to keep trying while also caring for the plant to the best of your ability.
If you get too many all pink leaves, then you’ll likely have to cut the leaves off. As pretty as this is, it’s bad for the plant because it won’t be able to produce chlorophyll to photosynthesize properly.
Essentially, the pink princess philodendron will wind up starving itself. It might look beautiful if it’s almost entirely pink, but it won’t be able to survive like that.
Now that you know more about pink princess philodendrons, it’s going to be easier to understand what you need to do. Taking care of the plant properly is important when you’re trying to encourage pink variegation.
It’s also imperative to understand that you’re likely going to need to prune the plant and do various things to keep the plant healthy. These plants are truly gorgeous in many ways, but they can’t survive if the leaves are entirely pink.
If you keep an eye on the plant, then it should be easy to enjoy pink leaves without taking things too far. You can have vivid pink variegated leaves and your philodendron will be able to remain healthy if you do what you need to do.
Growing up with a mom who filled her home (inside and out) with all sorts of plants, Lisa got her start in gardening at a young age. Living now on her own with a home and yard full of plants (including an indoor greenhouse), she shares all the gardening tips she’s gained over the years.