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Philodendron Pink Princess Best Growing Tips and Hacks
Also known as the Blushing Philodendron or the Pink Princess, the Philodendron Pink Princess is one houseplant you shouldn’t sleep on. Its contrasting yet stunning dark-green and pink variegated foliage know how to add a bold burst of color to any space. But more than its beautiful foliage, the pink princess is also a great air-purifier and easy-to-grow houseplant.
So you finally got these dazzling beauties, but how do you keep them alive? This article contains information on how to grow a healthy and beautiful Pink Princess houseplant.
Philodendron Pink Best Care Tips
Because of its variegated pink leaves, the Philodendron Pink Princess requires good lighting to grow to its full beauty. So place your Blushing Princess under bright indirect light for well-balanced and healthy variegated leaves. Direct sunlight once in a while is good, but we suggest you don’t overdo it to avoid burning the leaves.
If you are growing your plant indoors, we suggest you place it on the east-facing window of your home in the morning or mid afternoon. And for outdoor gardening, place them under filtered light or shady spots. Direct exposure to the hot afternoon sun will cause stunted growth and kill the pink variegated parts of the plant.
Your Pink Princess plant is not a great fan of excess water or dry soil. So, water them thoroughly and drain off the excess water in their saucer or pots. To be on the safe side, we recommend that you only water your plant when the topsoil is 1-2inches dried off.
Leaving your plant in excess water will cause their roots to rot, and giving them little water will lead to withering and small leaves. Just give them moist and well-drained soil.
Want to grow a healthy Pink Princess? Then use a planting mix that is very rich in organic matter. A potting mix with peat-based soil with perlite substrate will retain more moisture and help your plant grow properly.
To get good soil for your plant, we suggest you mix three parts of any good potting mix with 1 part Perlite. The 1 part perlite will keep the soil moist and aid healthy plant growth.
Depending on how fast your pink princess grows, you will need to re-pot every year or once in two years. But how do you know if your plant needs repotting? Once you notice that the roots of your plants are growing outside the pot’s perimeter or floating at the bottom, then it’s time to re-pot your pink princess.
When getting another pot for your plant, we suggest you go up one pot size at a time. For instance, if you were using a 2.5 inch diameter pot, you can rise to a 4.5 inch diameter pot for the re-potting. You can re-pot your plant at any time of the year. But if you are a new plant parent, we suggest you re-pot during the plant’s growing months in spring or summer. This will help your plant recover faster in the case of any mishaps during the reporting process.
The best time to fertilize your plant is during its growing periods in the summer and spring months. Put a hold on the fertilizer during their slow-growing periods in the fall and winter months. We suggest you go for a high-quality fertilizer that is urea-free and contains all the nutrients your plant needs to grow well. That said, adding fertilizer to a dying plant will not produce any miracle, so stick to a good care routine, and your plant will do just fine.
Your plant loves high humidity levels, so giving them up to 50% humidity is one way to keep them healthy and shiny. You can use a humidifying tray, room humidifier (if you have one in your home), or a mist spray to give them all the humidity they need. One sign that your plant needs more humidity is when you see wrinkled or small new leaves. So watch out for these signs! You can also increase the humidity level if you notice the air is very dry or cold during the winter months.
The perfect growing temperature for your pink princess is between 60°F to 84°F. They can also tolerate a minimum temperature of 55°F. Anything lower than that will kill your plant.
The pink princess is a vining houseplant that loves climbing, so it needs all the support it can get. You can use a moss pole, trellis, or any other support to keep it growing nicely. To skip the support part, you must always prune your plant to keep it bushy and fuller.
There are three ways to propagate your pink princess. You can either use the water, soil, or bare stem cutting propagation methods. But one propagation method we will not recommend is the seed propagation method. This method will not give you the exact type of Philodendron Pink Princess plant. So save yourself the stress and go for one of the three main propagation methods we recommended.
How to Grow A Healthy Philodendron Pink Princess
Just like you know, all green plants have their color because of the presence of chlorophyll. Chlorophyll helps plants to produce their food through the process of photosynthesis. This means that the pink variegated parts of the princess houseplant lack chlorophyll and cannot make food by themselves.
If the leaves are all pink, then your plant is starving, and this will lead to its eventual death. On the other hand, if your plant is entirely green, it is no longer a pink princess. And we don’t want that for you!
So, how do you grow a healthy pink princess plant? The answer is pruning! Pruning your plant anytime you notice the majority of one color is the best way to grow a healthy and well-balanced plant.
Pruning simply means cutting the plant’s new growth from the node. The node is where new growth happens, and it is the area where the stem and leaf mat. So, regular pruning is the safest way to get a well-balanced plant that is neither dying nor turning to a green princess.