Philodendron “Pink Princess”
Philodendron Pink Princess is one of the rarest and sought-after philodendrons. It won’t be wrong to call it the most famous of them all. The plant produces beautiful dark green leaves with hot pink variegation.
Philodendron ‘Pink Princess’ Grown from Cutting is a rare black-leaf arrowhead philodendron with hot pink variegation. The young leaves emerge as dark olive green with white variegation, maturing to a deep black with bright pink splashes or hues. The unique part is that the undersides of these leaves are coated with a red or copper hue.
Pink Princess Philodendron Care
Native to Columbia, the pink princess philodendron is a tropical aroid in the Araceae family. Despite its high price tag, this colourful plant is actually pretty easy to care for. That being said there are a few key things to keep in mind to ensure that you are maximizing the variegation on the leaves. While the pink princess produces flowers, the spathes are insignificant compared to the foliage of the plant and it is rare for them to flower indoors.
Providing your pink princess philodendron with enough light is the most important factor influencing the amount of variegation it will have. Choose a location that receives several hours of bright, indirect light. When grown indoors, the pink princess philodendron can also tolerate a couple of hours of direct light, which may help to increase its variegation. If you do not have a location in your home that receives enough light, buying a grow light for this plant is recommended. Without enough light, the pink princess leaves will quickly begin reverting back to green and it will lose its stunning variegation.
As an aroid, the pink princess philodendron enjoys airy, well-draining soil that is high in organic matter. A mixture of one part standard potting soil, one part perlite, and one part orchid bark is ideal for the pink princess.
Allow the top half of the soil to dry out between waterings and then water well. Ensure that your pink princess is never sitting in waterlogged soil as they are susceptible to root rot. It is far easier to overwater your pink princess philodendron than to underwater it, so if you are unsure about whether it needs water, air on the side of caution and wait another day.
Temperature and Humidity
The pink princess philodendron does best in warm, humid conditions – although typical household temperature and humidity levels are fine for these hardy plants. Ideally, keep your plant in temperatures between 65 and 79 degrees Fahrenheit (18 to 26 degrees Celsius) and avoid exposing it to temperatures below 60 degrees Fahrenheit (15 degrees Celsius).
During its growing season (spring and summer) the pink princess philodendron benefits from regular monthly feedings with a balanced liquid fertilizer. Stop fertilizing your plant in the early fall as it enters its dormant period.