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Philodendron Pink Princess: A Grower’s Guide

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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!

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I finally got myself a Philodendron Pink Princess. I got lucky and purchased it before nurseries started price gouging for them! They can’t seem to keep them in stock!

I will go over some general care tips first on growing this amazing houseplant, and later will reveal a super important tidbit of information that you need to know in order to keep your Philodendron Pink Princess in tip top shape!

Most people don’t know this tip either, but it is absolutely critical and I learned about it after speaking with an expert grower. More on that later though.

Pink Variegation

One of the fun parts about growing the Philodendron Pink Princess is seeing how variegated each new leaf is!

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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

Logee’s Greenhouses 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.

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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!

Fertilizing

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.

My favorite fertilizer and the one I recommend for all leafy tropical plants (available on Amazon) is Dyna-Gro Grow. My plants absolutely love this fertilizer.

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.

I’ve seen wonderful results using Dyna-Gro Grow. Try it for yourself. You don’t be disappointed! A good fertilizer makes a big difference in your plant’s vigor.

But it is no substitute for sound watering practices, appropriate light conditions, etc. Don’t use fertilizer to fix a plant. But rather, use it to enhance a plant that is already growing in good conditions!

Philodendron Pink Princess Support

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.

Philodendron Pink Princess – Variegation

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.

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So what are some tips to keep your Philodendron Pink Princess in top shape?

I’ll refer to an interview that I did with the owner and greenhouse manager of Steve’s Leaves. We discussed the topic of variegated plants and the importance of pruning when needed.

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.

I needed to prune my Philodendron Pink Princess because it was producing completely pink leaves. I actually rooted the part that I cut off and sent it to someone. I’m not sure if it survived or not, but she was willing to take the risk!

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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.

Do you have a Philodendron Pink Princess? I’m looking forward to placing mine outdoors in the summer so it can really take off. If you do place any of your plants outside, be sure to harden them off properly.

Is Your Pink Princess Dying?

Did you just receive a Pink Princess in the mail and it doesn’t look so hot? Or maybe it’s struggling to grow, or growing slowly? Brown spots on the leaves?

Be sure not to miss my Pink Princess Philodendron: 11 Critical Problems & Fixes blog post.

I’ve collected all the common problems that my readers have had and talked about why each problem is occurring.

How is your Pink Princess doing? Comment below! I’d love to hear!

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Madeline Nelson

Sunday 22nd of March 2020

I want a PPP so bad. They’re so beautiful. Once I have my hands on a cutting, I’m definitely going to be coming back here to read and make sure I’m taking the best care of my ppp.

Madeline Nelson

Wednesday 25th of March 2020

@Raffaele, also I was wondering, do you have any other fertilizer suggestions?

Madeline Nelson

Wednesday 25th of March 2020

@Raffaele, I’VE GOT ONE ON THE WAY AND IT’LL BE HERE FRIDAY!!!!!!!!

Raffaele

Sunday 22nd of March 2020

Hi Madeline! You will end up getting one someday! Just be persistent :-).

Viktoria

Saturday 15th of February 2020

Hello!

I bought a pink princess. Has one leaf with a pink marking on it. Otherwise, the leaves are growing in green. Any suggestions as to what I can do to encourage pink leaves to grow? It is still pretty small, but I want to set it up for success.

Thanks!

Raffaele

Sunday 16th of February 2020

Hi Viktoria. On a small plant, all you can do is to follow the advice I have in my blog post. Most importantly, be sure that you have your plant right in front of a window like I talk about in the blog post. You can't prune your plant now since it's too small. Have patience, allow it to grow, follow all the cultural advice, and then you can re-evaluate what to do later. Once it's bigger, you can selectively prune it. I describe this in the following blog post that I wrote. Go to the "Managing Variegated Plant Growth" section and I talk about it there. You can't do this quite yet though since your plant is too small, but keep it in mind for the future: https://www.ohiotropics.com/2018/10/15/interview-with-steves-leaves/

Jeane

Tuesday 21st of January 2020

Hi Raffaele, I hope this message finds you well. I have a beautiful PPP, she is growing new leaves on a regular basis, but over the weekend I noticed her one new leaf, as it started opening was slightly bent forward, when I softly touched it just broke clean off, then today I noticed the same with the other new leaf. Please help! Many Thanks,

Raffaele

Tuesday 21st of January 2020

Hi Jeane. I need to know more about your conditions. Location of the plant, light, humidity, watering, etc.

Camila

Thursday 16th of January 2020

Hello how are you? I bought two seedlings from PPP, one is beautiful and has new leaves, the other is very sad, opaque, two leaves are dying, I do not know how to care. Should I cut the leaves? Both are inside my apartment, with indirect sunlight, but in the afternoon it's hot. Both do not have leaves with large pink variegations, I would love to be able to increase the amount of pink, can you help me? PS: I live in Brazil.

Raffaele

Sunday 19th of January 2020

Hi Camila! Especially on small plants, I wouldn't remove any leaves until they're completely dead. How far are your plants from a window? What exposure is your window? You'll have to give the seedlings a chance to grow before knowing how variegated they will be. Having appropriate light is very important.

Vanessa Ilago

Wednesday 13th of November 2019

Hello Raffaele! I would like to ask if it is normal for PP to shed off lower leaves when new leaf is about to come out? Thanks!

Raffaele

Wednesday 13th of November 2019

Hi Vanessa! It depends. Does it happen every time? There are various reasons why this can happen.