Philodendron Green Princess Complete Care Guide

Philodendron Green Princess is the complete green version of Philodendron Birkin. It’s a super easy-care plant and I’m in love with its shiny waxy leaves 💚

Scientific name: Philodendron ‘Green Princess’

Also called: Green-Leaf Philodendron

Family: ARACEAE

care meter: 9/10

Philodendron Green Princess is super beginner friendly. Being a full green plant makes it a bit more resilient to moderate to low light compared with Philodendron Birkin.

light

Usually, I would recommend bright indirect light for any houseplant, however I would say that Philodendron Green Princess can grow in medium light as well (remember that medium light is different from plants to humans).

I use grow lights for this plant and it does the job. So, if you worry that your house is not bright enough, grow lights will always save the day.

watering

I water my Philodendron Green Princess when the substrate is almost dry during summer and I wait until is completely dry during winter. Let’s say once every 10 to 21 days depending on how big the pot is.

It’s best to adjust the watering schedule to fit your home, and if you are not sure if you should water your plant, check the soil with your finger or a moisture meter. This plant prefers underwatering instead of overwatering.

temperature

Average. Philodendron Green Princess is great with temperatures around 20-25°C or higher. Don’t let it drop below 15°C for a long time since it’s a tropical plant and it doesn’t like cold.

humidity

Philodendron Green Princess likes high humidity. I grow mine at around 70-80% humidity but I kept it in average humidity as well and it was happy still. High humidity promotes aerial roots, so if you see some “strange” growth on the stem, it’s actually roots and that means your plant is thriving.

fertilizer

You can fertilize your Philodendron Green Princess once a month during growing season. During winter you can stop since most plants go through dormancy, but if your plant is still active you can still feed it. Use a more diluted solution and do it less often (once every two months or more).

An NPK ratio of 10-10-10 works great or anything with a higher amount of Nitrogen (that helps the foliage be more vibrant).

substrate

I like a very lightweight soil mix that helps the water drain great. A mix you can use is based on coco coir, pine bark and perlite in equal quantities. You can also use leca, pon or just sphagnum moss for this plant.

I would not advise to repot your Philodendron Green Princess in regular potting soil because it’s too heavy on the roots. It gets soggy quickly and the plant will develop root rot.

plastic versus terracotta

Philodendron Green Princess can grow amazing in both plastic or terracotta pots. I use plastic pots because it’s more convenient, but terracotta is also a great option.

If you like terracotta more, you might want to check the soil a bit more often before watering your plant. Terracotta is porous and it helps the water evaporate faster (which is a great help during winter).

repotting

You can repot your philodendron when you see roots coming out of the drainage holes or you can tell the pot is a bit too dense. Also, if the substrate is low quality, it might be a good option to change it with an airy soil mix.

When you do an upgrade, choose a pot slightly bigger than the previous one and gently separate the roots. It’s best to repot during growing season since you will damage the roots and they don’t recover as quickly during winter.

Philodendron Green Princess aerial roots

propagation

Propagation is super easy with this plant. You can do it by stem cuttings. Choose a segment with at least a node and if you have some juicy aerial roots, those will speed up the process. Place your cuttings in water and wait for new roots to develop.

Using sphagnum moss to propagate your Philodendron Green Princess is also a valid choice. High humidity will help in growing roots faster.

You can try air layering as well, the possibilities are endless.

pests

The most annoying pests you could encounter on Philodendron Green Princess could be thrips. Those irritating beings are very hard to get rid of, once they spread too much. Check your plant every time you water it to avoid massive infestations.

toxicity

Philodendron Green Princess is not pet friendly so if you have pets, please be careful where you place it.

If this helped, share it with someone else! ❤️