Philodendron Pink Princess Complete Care Guide

Philodendron Pink Princess is in general pretty easy to deal with, however the variegation on this plant is a bit more difficult to achieve. Some plants grow more variegated than others, even if they had the same conditions.

Stick to this article to learn how to get a more variegated plant (that will take some patience and some fun experiments 🤭).

Scientific name: Philodendron erubescens ‘Pink Princess’

Also called: PPP, Pink Princess Philodendron, Philo Pink Princess

Family: ARACEAE

care meter: 6/10

Philodendron Pink Princess is only getting a 6/10 because of its unstable variegation. Other than that, is a pretty easy plant to deal with.

an unlucky specimen of reverted Philodendron Pink Princess

light

Philodendron Pink Princess needs bright indirect light or grow lights. This plant is a bit tricky because that stunning variegation we keep on seeing on Instagram, can happen or not. Light can be a factor, but most of the time, it’s about the plant itself.

Some specimens can grow truly pink variegated and some specimens barely have some specks of pink. It’s the luck of the draw.

different variegation patterns on Philodendron Pink Princess

watering

For our Philodendron Pink Princess, I let the substrate dry out almost completely before watering again. This plant has thinner roots than others and can rot pretty easy if its overwatered.

You can water your PPP once every 7-14 days during summer or once every 2-3 weeks during winter. Check the soil before you water. In time you’ll know by the weight of the pot if the plant needs watering.

temperature

Average temperatures are best for Philodendron Pink Princess. Anything around 20-26°C or higher is good enough. Please don’t let it in cold temperatures (<15°C) for too long since it can cause mushy leaves or root rot.

humidity

With Philodendron Pink Princess, the higher humidity, the better. It’s pretty adaptable to average humidity as well. At least 50-60% should be good if you want a steady growth.

fertilizer

You can fertilize your Philodendron Pink Princess once a month during growing season (spring to early fall). During winter plants normally go through dormancy, but if your PPP is still growing, you can still fertilize it.

The NPK ratio can be balanced, like a 10-10-10. This plant is variegated, so high amounts of nitrogen can cause a rising in chlorophyll. So, we advise you to use a more diluted solution than what is mentioned on the packaging.

substrate

The chunkier, the better. Philodendron Pink Princess roots need a very lightweight mix (especially if your home is a bit cooler than others or lacks ventilation).

A great and affordable mix is based on coco coir, perlite and pine bark in equal quantities. Whatever you like to use, please make sure the water drains fast.

Philo Pink Princess new leaf

plastic versus terracotta

Philodendron Pink Princess is great in both plastic or terracotta. As long as the pot offers drainage holes, you’re all set.

I keep insisting on drainage holes, not because it’s impossible to have your plants without them, but because it’s easier this way. With drainage holes, you don’t need to be careful with your watering. If you’re a beginner, the struggle is even more real.

repotting

You need to repot your Philodendron Pink Princess only when you see roots coming out of the drainage holes (another great reason to have them huh 😅)

Choose a pot slightly bigger, be gentle while dealing with the roots, add your favorite lightweight mix and go for it!

propagation

There are a lot of ways to propagate Philodendron Pink Princess, but probably the easiest way is by stem cuttings. Cut your plant into segments containing at least one node and place them in water. Change the water at least once a week and you’ll have a new plant in a couple of months (or more).

You could also try leafless node cuttings in sphagnum moss, coco coir or perlite. Place the cuttings into a zip bag to create that good humidity.

Another way is by air layering that you can do with sphagnum moss, coco coir or an aroid mix. We’ll talk about that in another article.

beautiful variegation on Philodendron Pink Princess propagation

pests

I don’t remember having pests on Philo Pink Princess, but they could get thrips, mealybugs or spider mites. Check your plant every time you water it, that will help you spot any problem in time.

toxicity

Unfortunately, the beautiful Pink Princess is not pet friendly. Keep it away from curious pets!

my personal experience with variegation:

Don’t be discouraged if your plant is not variegated. A way to achieve a great specimen is by propagating it!

When I first got my PPP, the variegation was so insignificant that from afar, was not even visible.

I let my plant grow under artificial lights, then chopped it from the base. The mother plant grew again giving me two beautiful half-moon leaves and I was so excited!

Philodendron Pink Princess half-moon leaf

Meanwhile the pups were growing sometimes maybe good, sometimes maybe sh#t. That’s why you should never give up! Beautiful variegation is possible! Don’t be afraid to cut your plant and to experiment! 😇

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