July 5th, 2022
Hey Plant Friends!
This week we are talking about Philodendron erubescens 'Pink Princess' - a gorgeous and highly sought after plant that appears on many plant parent's wish lists. Philodendron Pink Princess is part of the Araceae or Aroid plant family and is characterized by deep green, heart-shaped leaves with bubblegum pink variegation that is actually a genetic mutation brought out when a plant breeder in the 1970s crossed two differing philodendron species. The variegation can be a bit finicky and unstable. Propagation cutting must only be taken from the most variegated parts of the mother plant.
Learning how to care for this beauty is key to ensuring it maintains brilliant pink variegation. Fortunately, this philodendron is straightforward and easy to enjoy. A native to Colombia, the Pink Princess is very easy to care for - with a few key things to keep in mind for ultimate success. Providing enough light is the most important factor influencing the amount of variegation your plant will express. Choose a location in your house that receives several hours of bright, indirect light. When grown indoors, this philodendron can also tolerate a couple of hours of direct sunlight, which may increase its variegation. If you need more light, it may be beneficial to purchase a grow light to keep your Pink Princess shining.
As an aroid, these philodendron enjoy airy, well-drained soil that is high in organic matter. A mixture of Espoma’s All Purpose Potting Soil, added perlite, and orchid bark are an ideal soil mix for the Pink Princess.
In terms of watering, allow the top half of the soil to dry between waterings and then ensure a thorough soak. It is important to never let your Pink Princess sit in waterlogged soil, so ample drainage is very important.
The Pink Princess Philodendron is available in the greenhouse in 6 inch and 10 inch pots. As this once rare plant becomes more available, the price point becomes more approachable. Please let us know if you have any additional questions.