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The Pink Princess Philodendron: How to Care for and Grow 

Pink Princess Philodendron

Growing plants indoors is one of my favorite hobbies. I love bringing nature indoors and decorating my home with splashes of color. Not only does having plants inside help with the air quality, but it really brightens my day. 

Today, I’m showcasing an elegant plant that is different! Each plant is beautiful for its reason, but the pink princess philodendron is genuinely a sight to behold! 

Add some natural elegance to your home! 

The Pink Princess Philodendron at a Glance

Before we dig into the specifics, I want to showcase how unique this plant is with its beautiful pink spots! 

If you want to make a statement in your home or office, this plant will do that! 

The Pink Princess Philodendron is renowned for its dark green, heart-shaped leaves streaked with vibrant pink hues. These colors appear different on each plant, with some leaves displaying more pink than others, creating a stunning visual effect. 

This unique coloring results from a naturally occurring mutation, making it sought after for its rarity and beauty.

Growth Expectations: Height and Spread

One of the many wonders of the Pink Princess Philodendron is its moderate growth rate, which, under ideal conditions, is a lush beauty. Typically, a mature Pink Princess can reach up to 4-5 feet in height, with a spread potentially 2 feet wide, providing its cascading vines space to thrive. 

However, the plant’s ultimate height and spread can vary significantly depending on the pot size, environment, and the care provided. This manageable size makes it perfect for indoor gardeners seeking splashes of color from a unique plant!

The Perfect Pink Gift

The Pink Princess Philodendron is not just a feast for the eyes; it’s a popular gift choice for plant enthusiasts. Its ability to thrive indoors with a moderate level of care makes it a thoughtful present that anyone can enjoy, regardless of their gardening expertise. Giving the gift of a Pink Princess Philodendron is akin to offering a piece of living art—a constant reminder of the beauty that nature can produce.

Its Beginnings

The Pink Princess Philodendron is a member of the vast Philodendron genus, which includes more than 480 species, each with its charms. Originating from the rainforests of Colombia, its natural habitat provides clues to its care needs—it enjoys humid conditions and dappled sunlight, which is replicated in a home environment or a curated garden setting.

Care Instructions

Watering: The Pink Princess loves a balanced watering regimen — not too dry or drenched. Allow the top inch of the soil to dry out before watering, and ensure good drainage to prevent root rot. In winter, be even more sparing with water, as the plant’s growth typically slows during this time.

Lighting: This plant is not quite a diva when it comes to light, but it does appreciate bright, indirect sunlight. Too much direct light can scorch its delicate leaves, so a bit of shade during midday is advisable. On the flip side, insufficient light can cause the pink variegation to fade, so finding that sweet spot is crucial for maintaining its radiant appearance.

Temperature Considerations: Keep your Pink Princess warm — ideally between 65-80°F (18-27°C). It’s sensitive to cold drafts, so ensure its spot in your home is away from chilly air currents.

Soil Selection: The Pink Princess Philodendron thrives in well-aerated, rich, moist soil. A peat-based mix with perlite or vermiculite works wonders. Consider repotting when the plant outgrows its current home, typically every 12-18 months.


During the growing season, from spring to early autumn, feed your Pink Princess a balanced liquid fertilizer every four to six weeks. This will support its growth and help maintain the vibrant color of its variegated leaves. You can pause the feeding in fall and winter to coincide with the plant’s natural slow-down.

Pink Princess Philodendron drawing

The Perfect Potting Mix 

Selecting the right potting soil is crucial for the health and growth of your Pink Princess Philodendron. A well-aerated, rich, and moist potting mix supports strong root development and ensures efficient drainage, preventing the dreaded root rot; for the Pink Princess, a blend that mimics its natural, tropical habitat works best. 

Consider a mix of peat, perlite, and vermiculite; peat retains moisture and keeps the soil light, while perlite and vermiculite improve aeration and drainage. This combination creates an environment that keeps the roots healthy and facilitates the vibrant growth of those stunning pink and green leaves. 

The Pink Princess Philodendron is sensitive to overly wet conditions, so a potting mix that balances moisture retention with good drainage is key to its thriving.

Propagating a Pink Princess Philodendron with soil

Propagating the Plant 

The Pink Princess Philodendron is more than just a one-hit wonder. It can create offspring, and you can propagate your plant to grow more (or share the wealth with some friends or family – it makes a great gift!).

Step-by-Step Stem Cutting Propagation

  1. Choose Your Cutting: Identify a healthy stem on your Pink Princess with at least two to three leaves and a visible node. The node is crucial, as this is where new roots will emerge.
  2. Make the Cut: Cut just below the node using a clean, sharp pair of scissors or pruning shears. Ensure that each cutting is about 4 to 6 inches in length.
  3. Prepare the Cutting: Remove any leaves too close to the node. If your cutting has very large leaves, you can cut them in half to reduce moisture loss while the cutting develops roots.
  4. Rooting Medium: You can root your cutting directly in water or soil. For water propagation, place the stem in a glass or jar of water, ensuring only the node is submerged. Change the water every few days to keep it fresh. For soil propagation, plant the cutting in a moist potting mix, ensuring the node is buried.
  5. Location: Place your cutting in an area with bright, indirect sunlight. Avoid direct sun exposure, which can harm the delicate cutting.
  6. Wait and Watch: If you’re using water, roots should appear within a few weeks. Once the roots are several inches long, you can transplant your cutting into the soil. For soil propagation, keep the soil consistently moist (but not soggy) and watch for new growth as a sign that roots have developed.
  7. Transplantation: Once your cutting has established a healthy root system, it’s time to move it to a permanent pot. Choose a pot with good drainage and use a potting mix suitable for Philodendrons. Transplant carefully to avoid damaging the fragile roots.
  8. Aftercare: Continue to care for your new Pink Princess as you would the parent plant. Maintain moist soil, provide bright, indirect light, and keep it at a comfortable temperature to encourage growth.

Common Problems

Yellowing Leaves 

If your Pink Princess’s leaves turn yellow, it could be a sign of overwatering or too much direct light, leading to sunburn. Adjust your watering schedule and find a more suitable spot with brighter, indirect light.

Fungal Issues

Root rot can occur if the plant is consistently overwatered or if the soil needs to drain better. To rescue your Pink Princess, trim away any affected roots, repot in fresh, well-draining soil, and adjust your watering habits to avoid further distress.

Pest Problems

Keep an eye out for common houseplant pests like spider mites or mealybugs, which can damage the leaves. Wipe the foliage with a damp cloth periodically, and treat infestations with safe, recommended insecticidal soaps or oils. Isolation and treatment protocols will also protect your other plants from potential infestations.

how to grow and care for a pink princess philodendron

Repotting Your Pink Princess

Repotting your Pink Princess Philodendron is essential for maintaining a happy and healthy plant. It enables you to refresh the potting mix, giving your plant new nutrients to thrive on and increasing the pot size as it grows. Here’s how to do it with care:

  1. Choose the Right Time: Spring or early summer is the ideal time for repotting, as the plant is entering a period of active growth.
  2. Select an Appropriate Pot: Choose a pot one size larger than the current one. Ensure it has sufficient drainage holes to prevent waterlogging.
  3. Prepare the New Potting Mix: To promote healthy root growth and drainage, use a light, airy mix of peat, perlite, and vermiculite. You can mix this yourself or purchase a pre-made blend suitable for philodendrons.
  4. Gently Remove the Plant: Carefully tip the current pot, supporting the plant by the base, and gently coax it out. Avoid pulling directly on the stems.
  5. Inspect and Trim the Roots: Look for any signs of rot or damage and trim as necessary using sterile shears. It’s an excellent opportunity to untangle any compacted roots gently.
  6. Position in the New Pot: Place a layer of fresh potting mix at the bottom of the new pot. Center your Pink Princess in the pot and fill around it with more potting mix, gently tamping down to eliminate air pockets.
  7. Water Thoroughly: After repotting, water your plant well to settle the new potting mix around the roots and help reduce transplant shock.
  8. Aftercare: Keep the repotted plant in a warm, humid environment out of direct sunlight for a few weeks to help it recover and start new growth.

Frequently Asked Questions