The Philodendron Pink Princess is literally one of the hottest houseplants on social media and I am desperate to add it to my ever growing plant collection. The hot pink variegation is absolutely stunning and the good news is that according to the research I have done, the Philodendron Pink Princess is an easy plant to grow, provided you follow some general rules of thumb.
The Pink Princess is rather rare, which will explain why I still have not been able to get my hands on it. This is because, while it’s a cultivar of Philodendron Erubescens, which is relatively common, pink variegation in philodendrons doesn’t happen on its own that often. To produce the coveted mottled pigment, it must be grown from tissue culture, and even then, not every batch will result in a bright pink splash.
Caring For Your Pink Princess
Fortunately, the Pink Princess is a Philodendron Erubescens, which means you can follow the general care instructions for the plant. Philodendrons, in general, are easy to care for plants and the pink princess can grow up to two to three feet tall as a houseplant if you follow these care tips:
- Soil: They like loamy, nutrient-rich, well-draining soil.
- Temperature: Like all tropical plants, the Pink princess thrives on moisture and mild temperatures.
- Light: The only thing you need to concentrate on with a Pink Princess is providing it with bright, indirect light to help keep its variegation. The variegation on plants is due to a lack of chlorophyll. This means the plant needs more light to keep the variegation. However, avoid direct sunlight, which will cause the variegated leaves to turn yellow. An east- or west-facing room that gets sunlight for part of the day is ideal.
- Water: Philodendron Erubescens is drought-tolerant when established, but it’s best not to let it get to that point. Allow the soil to dry out between watering to prevent root rot.
Also, beware of imitation plants. The Pink Congo philodendron is often marketed as a Pink Princess. But unlike the Pink princess, it has solid pink leaves that will eventually revert to all green. Unlike the pink princess philodendron, which, generally, keeps a balance of pink and green variegation.