Plant Care Tips 09.01.24

How to Care for Your Philodendron Pink Princess

Welcome to the latest edition of our plant care blog, dedicated to our cherished subscribers! This December, as part of our exclusive plant subscription box, you received a stunning specimen: the Philodendron Pink Princess. This exotic beauty, with its dark green leaves and vibrant pink variegation, is not just a plant; it's a statement piece for your home. In this article, we’ll guide you through everything you need to know to ensure your Pink Princess thrives.

How to Care for Your Philodendron Pink Princess

A Treasure from Your Subscription Box!

Lovingly included in your December subscription box, the Philodendron Pink Princess is famed for its striking contrast of deep green and vivid pink. It's a plant that not only adds a splash of colour to your space but also invites you to refine your plant care skills. In this section, we'll explore additional tips and insider knowledge to help you foster a thriving environment for your Pink Princess, ensuring that its distinctive hues and healthy growth continue to be a source of joy and pride in your home.

Remember, as part of our subscription family, you’re never alone in your plant care journey. Share your experiences, tips, and beautiful Pink Princess photos with our community. We love seeing how our plants are thriving in your loving care. Thank you for being a valued member of our subscription box family. Your Philodendron Pink Princess is more than just a plant; it's a symbol of our growing community of plant enthusiasts. Happy gardening!

Did you know that its unique pink variegation is actually a form of a mutation!


Light: A Delicate Balance

The Philodendron Pink Princess prefers bright, indirect light. Direct sunlight can scorch its leaves, while too little light can cause the pink variegation to fade. Find a spot near a window where sunlight is filtered through a sheer curtain. This will provide just the right amount of light to keep those pink hues vivid.


Watering: Consistency is Key

When it comes to watering, the Pink Princess is somewhat forgiving but does best with a consistent schedule. Allow the top inch of soil to dry out before watering again. Over-watering can lead to root rot, so ensure your pot has good drainage. If you’re ever in doubt, it’s better to err on the side of under-watering.


Humidity: Tropical Vibes

Originally from the rainforests, the Pink Princess thrives in a humid environment. If your home is dry, especially during winter months, consider using a humidifier or placing the pot on a tray filled with water and pebbles. This will increase the moisture level around the plant without soaking the roots.


Fertilising: A Little Goes a Long Way

Feed your Philodendron Pink Princess with a balanced, water-soluble fertiliser once a month during the growing season (spring and summer). In the autumn and winter, reduce feeding to once every two months. Remember, less is more when it comes to fertiliser.


Pruning: Encouraging Growth and Variegation

Pruning is essential to maintain the shape of your plant and encourage new growth. Snip off any yellow or damaged leaves at the base of the stem. If your plant is becoming too leggy, a trim can encourage more bushy growth. Pruning also stimulates new leaves with potentially more variegation.


Pest Control: Keep an Eye Out

Like many houseplants, the Pink Princess can be prone to pests like spider mites and mealybugs. Regularly inspect your plant and wipe down the leaves with a damp cloth. If pests are detected, treat with an appropriate insecticidal soap or neem oil.


Repotting: Room to Grow

Your Philodendron will eventually need more space to grow. When the roots start to circle the bottom of the pot, it's time to re-pot. Choose a pot that is slightly larger and use fresh, well-draining potting soil. This is also a great time to check the health of the roots and trim any that are damaged.

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