potted Pink Princess Philodendron

Pink Princess – Seems Like Perfect for Hypertufa

If you’ve ever laid eyes on the Philodendron Pink Princess, you’ll understand why I love these plants. The color combo is so pretty that it seems as if the plant is flowering all the time. ( I don’t mean flowers, but that contrast of bright pink amongst green.) As a plant lover, I’ve had my fair share of wins and losses, but the Pink Princess has been one of my “goals” plants and I wanted it as a part of my plant jungle.

Today, I’m here to share my experience and insights about this frustrating and enigmatic plant, including why it sometimes decides to play hide-and-seek with its signature pink hues.

up close on Philodendron Pink Princess leaf
Hard to find the pink on this leaf.

Getting to Know the Philodendron Pink Princess

First things first, let’s talk about why the Philodendron Pink Princess has captured the hearts of plant enthusiasts around the world. With its striking, heart-shaped leaves featuring splashes of pink, white, and green, this plant can be a living work of art. Its ever-changing foliage patterns make it a showstopper, whether in a cozy corner or in your living room or in a well-lit spot on your office desk.

Growing and Care of a Pink Princess

So, you’ve decided to take on the rewarding challenge of growing a Pink Princess? I found one for $20, lots cheaper than they used to be! Bravo! Here’s a rundown of what you need to know to help your pink royalty flourish:

1. Light: Imagine the Pink Princess as a sun-worshipper who loves bright light but sunburns easily. Too much direct sunlight can scorch its delicate pink leaves, so a curtain-filtered, medium-to-bright light spot is ideal. For me, I put mine under a grow light and that seems to work best.

2. Soil: A well-draining potting mix is a must. You can mix potting soil with perlite or chicken grit to ensure that water doesn’t get trapped around the roots.

stems of a Pink Princess houseplant

3. Watering: Think of yourself as having to cater to a diva’s hydration needs. Allow the top inch or two of soil to dry out between waterings. Drowning is the Princess’s primary reason for decline and/or death.

4. Humidity: Pink Princesses are tropical at heart, and they thrive in a humid environment. You can provide this by using a hypertufa container that will constantly put moisture into the air if the container is misted.

5. Pruning: Regularly prune off any new green leaves so that your plant is encouraged to produce the pink and cream stunning colors on full display.

6. Potting: As your Pink Princess grows, you may need to repot it to a slightly larger container. This is also a good opportunity to refresh the soil. (Don’t worry about this until you have kept it alive for a year or more.) A philodendron is a climber, so support could help it grow better.

closeup of new leaf on Pink Princess

The Mysterious Case of Fading Pink

Why does the Pink Princess sometimes lose its precious pink pigmentation? It’s like a magic trick gone wrong, leaving us wondering where the pink went.

The answer lies in the plant’s genetic makeup. Pink Princesses are variegated plants, which means they have different colors on their leaves due to uneven distribution of pigments. The pink coloration is the result of a mutation, and these mutations can be unstable.

As the plant grows, it produces new leaves from the center, and sometimes, these new leaves might not have the same intensity of pink as the older ones. This is completely natural and not a cause for alarm. But they say you can remove the green ones to stimulate pink ones instead. (?)

Other factors that can influence the pink coloration include light intensity, temperature, and even the plant’s overall health. So, if you notice your Pink Princess losing a bit of its pink flair, don’t worry! It’s still a beautiful and unique plant.

small Pink Princess in tan container

My daughter had a Pink Princess and, at first, it seemed to be growing really well. But after a few months, even though it had good color, its leaves were very small and it didn’t seem to thrive. Eventually it died because the stems seemed to soften and rot. So heed the warning of too much water!

Now we have a new one and it is just a beautiful specimen that I am determined to treat well. All of these recommendations for care are things I am learning from this plant. So far, it is doing really well. Fingers crossed!

Pink Princess Philodentron large plant

Growing a Philodendron Pink Princess is like nurturing a living masterpiece—one that can surprise you with its ever-changing hues. Remember, even if the pink comes and goes, the elegance and charm of this plant remain constant. With the right care, a dash of patience, and a whole lot of plant love, you’ll be well on your way to being a proud Pink Princess parent.

I think I may transplant into hypertufa. What do you think?

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