Looking for a flowering plant to adorn your living room can be tricky. Especially for those who feel that they don’t have enough personality. But what if you could have royalty?
Philodendron erubescens is commonly referred to as either the “Pink Princess” or the “Blushing Philodendron”. Native to Columbia, these stunning plants have dark green leaves in the shape of arrows.
The unique part is that the undersides of these leaves are coated with a red or copper hue. Overall, they can make a statement without being too bold.
You may be thinking it difficult to care for a princess. Fear not, however, for Philodendron erubescens is considered to be low-maintenance. All you have to do is know about its basic needs and your plant will do the rest.
To keep your Pink Princess alive and well, you’ll want to know about various requirements such as soil type, water requirements, humidity, potting and propagation.
If you’re still unsure, keep calm and read this article for your own personal Philodendron erubescens guide.
PHILODENDRON PINK PRINCESS PLANT CARE BASICS
Those who love a touch, or splash, of color amongst their greenery, tend to favor the Pink Princess. We say “splash” due to the leaves, which can look as if someone took a paintbrush and speckled the foliage with shades of pinks or reds.
In order to hold onto such color, you’ll need to keep up to date on its daily requirements. We have provided them below.
Interestingly enough, certain types of plants will prefer a particular soil to others. Plants found in the family Philodendron, such as the Pink Princess, usually thrive when placed in soil that contains a higher percentage of organic matter.
Growing this plant in Sphagnum peat moss is best. Also, make sure that this soil can be properly drained and is not too packed down.
As a plant lover, you know that these organisms can’t survive without being exposed to the sun. Philodendron erubescens prefers to be placed in a room with medium or bright indirect sunlight. Fortunately, these plants do well indoors and only need a window that faces towards the west or southeast.
In order to keep your Philodendron from rotting, you’ll need to provide it with the right amount of water. Too much and the plant will not thrive.
The Pink Princess is unique from other plants due to the fact that it can actually live in water. Individuals kept in soil should be kept moist, but not soggy.
Take note of the soil. If the top half is dry, add more water. Those kept permanently in water do best with lukewarm rainwater.
The typical temperature range for a healthy Philodendron erubescens is between around 13 and 35 degrees Celsius. They are happiest when in an environment that is somewhere in the middle of 24 and 29 degrees Celsius.
Just be sure not to let it be in a place below 15 degrees Celsius during the evening.
Given the fact that these plants are from a tropical setting, they do prefer high humidity. Gardeners have even noted that these plants will have lush and shiny foliage when met with the right humidity requirements.
For your Pink Princess plant, plan to mist it every day. The only time that your plant should not be misted is during the winter months since this is when they go dormant.
Providing fertilizer to your Pink Princess plant is not all that necessary, especially when you meet all of these requirements. If you’d rather be safe, you can fertilize a Philodendron erubescens with a slow-release method in the spring and summer months.
Only add this every six to eight weeks since too much fertilizer can harm your plant.
The Pink Princess is known for its tendency to climb. This is what classifies them under the category of the “vining Philodendrons”.
As with other members of this group, Philodendron erubescens can be propagated through either division or cuttings.
The typical height of a Pink Princess plant is about 23 inches in length. The leaves themselves can grow up to 8 inches in length with a width of about 5 inches.
It takes a while for this plant to grow, even with the proper care. This is one of the reasons why this plant is desired indoors.
As discussed prior, this species of Philodendron does not grow all that quickly. To keep the vines from getting cramped, you may want to consider repotting this plant every couple of years.
WATERING YOUR PINK PRINCESS PLANT THE RIGHT WAY
One of the most concerning questions for owners is about watering their plants. Either they haven’t provided enough for the soil to become moist, or the plant itself is getting soggy.
These plants do like a good amount of water, making it pivotal to understand how much and when.
WHERE TO WATER
You may recall reading in this guide that the Pink Princess prefers soils that are light, organic and, most importantly, able to drain. Philodendrons thrive in soils that have peat moss, but they can tolerate mixtures like peat and vermiculite or peat and perlite. To provide them with plenty of water, add liquid to the soil directly.
WHEN TO WATER
Knowing exactly when to water is one of the most important steps in keeping your Philodendron erubescens happy. This all depends on the time of year. For the growing seasons, which lies between April and September, keep the soil moist yet not drenched.
For the winter months, you’ll want to keep only the top half of the soil dry. This allows the vines to grow at a quicker rate.
The general rule of thumb for watering your Pink Princess, start by watering the entire plant and letting the extra water drain off. Once this has taken place, feel the top inch of the soil.
If your Philodendron’s soil is wet below an inch, yet dry on top, you’ve achieved the correct amount of water.
You do not want to dry out your potting mix completely as this will cause your foliage to wither.
You can also find a few solutions to avoid drenching your plant. Taking the time to find the right potting mix can be key. Look for soil that drains properly.
This will save you a lot of grief later on. Another option is to create holes in the bottom of your pot. This will allow the water to drain out the bottom instead of causing root rot.
PHILODENDRON ERUBESCENS PRUNING
The sheer act of pruning may deter a good amount of plant lovers from keeping their foliage vibrant and lush. Even if it seems daunting, pruning your Pink Lady can add years on your plant’s life.
When you prune, undesirable parts of the plant such as dying or diseased stems are stripped away. You don’t want your beloved Blushing Princess to contract a disease.
WHEN TO PRUNE YOUR PINK PRINCESS PLANT
Taking the initiative to prune your plant is a great investment in its future, but you can’t just start hacking away whenever you feel like it. Or rather, you can, but should you? Clipping at the correct point in time will lengthen the lifespan of your Pink Lady.
Philodendrons, even if kept indoors, can go dormant.
This generally happens during the winter months. This is why it is best to prune in the spring or the fall. Of course, if you start to see some leaves that lack the ladylike hue and bare a yellow hue, lightly trim them whenever you feel is best.
HOW TO PRUNE YOUR PINK PRINCESS PLANT
As mentioned above, the best opportunity to prune your plant is when you start to see yellowing on the leaves. Pruning oftentimes is a result of the plant becoming too large for the space that it occupies.
One advantage of owning a Pink Princess is that this rarely happens.
Another snip that may be made is when the new growth becomes spindly.
The aerial roots can get a little rampant if not pruned every once in a while. An important note to take to heart is that the Philodendron erubescens is considered to be poisonous.
Whenever you decide to prune your plant, carefully wash any tools involved. Wearing gloves should also be essential. Pruning shears are the easiest type of pruning equipment to have at your disposal.
As with most plants, be careful not to make your cuts below the leaf node, which is where the stem and a developing leaf meet.
PROPAGATION OF THE PINK PRINCESS PLANT
There are a number of ways in which you can choose to propagate your Philodendron erubescens. The easiest method is through cuttings. If you’re new to propagating a plant, you may find comfort in the fact that Philodendrons are among the easiest to do so with.
If you’re new to this activity, use the steps provided below to achieve a happily propagated new individual from your original Pink Princess.
PINK PRINCESS PROPAGATION THROUGH CUTTINGS
Step 1: Prepare yourself with the necessary tools and safety items such as gloves and ways to sterilize your tools after.
Step 2: Look over your potential Pink Princes plants and decide which one you wish to propagate. You’ll want to select one that is actively growing, healthy and larger in size. Remember that they tend to grow to about 23 inches in the spring.
Step 3: Find a healthy plant stem and start to make your incision, approximately 6 inches from the end of the stem. This cut should be about ¼ of an inch below the node.
Step 4: Continue to cut a few more cuttings to ensure that you have better results.
Step 5: Take the recently cut stems and place them into a jar full of water. The nodes themselves should be completely immersed in the liquid to allow for proper growth.
Step 6: Move your jar of water and cuttings into a warmer room with indirect sunlight.
Step 7: Check back on your cuttings after 4 weeks. If you see that the nodes have begun to grow roots, plant them in a pot with light soil that can be drained. You may also decide to grow your Pink Princess in water. The choice is up to you. If you decide to grow your new plant in a jar of water, frequently check on the water level. The roots should always be fully submerged.
PINK PRINCESS PROPAGATION THROUGH DIVISION
Another method that plant lovers tend to use is to create new growth from dividing the original plant. This is also a quick way to propagate your Pink Princess. To use division, start by watering your Philodendron erubescens.
You’ll want to make sure that it is thoroughly dampened. Loosen up the soil once it is moistened properly. Take the plant out of its pot and continue to divide the roots into sections of two or three.
You should have a minimum of two shoots. Set aside the original Pink Princess back into its pot and plant the new growth in a freshly soiled container.
Then just wait a few weeks, making sure to water and mist daily. In no time, you should have a happy new Philodendron erubescens.
SIGNS THAT YOUR PHILODENDRON IS UNHAPPY
One of the most desirable characteristics of the Pink Princess, other than its looks, is that it is easy to keep. As with any plant, however, there is a potential for problems to arise. Knowing a few of the more common troubles that these Philodendrons have is a good way to keep them healthy.
We’ve taken the time to research some of the more likely problems, as well as a remedy to each.
PROBLEM: LEAVES THAT DROOP Cause: A Pink Princess that cannot hold its leaves upright can have a few problems under its leaves. These physical characteristics can arise if the plant is either getting too much water or if it is drying out.
Remedy: Altering your watering schedule should fix this problem. The leaves are able to rejuvenate quite quickly once the problem is fixed. Simply keep testing out with the different amount of liquid during watering until you get the right match.
PROBLEM: LEAF EDGES ARE BROWN Cause: The leaves of a Pink Lady are supposed to be dark green with a vibrant mixture of pinks underneath. Whenever you see a brown hue take over the edges or the entire leaf, consider the amount of humidity provided.
Remedy: One possible solution is to adjust the amount of misting that you provide your Philodendron. This should let the foliage grow back. If that doesn’t work, take it a step further. Isolate the brown leaves in a plastic bag in a tent-like fashion. This creates a natural build-up of moisture. If that doesn’t work, simply cut those leaves back and start over again.
FIVE TIPS TO KEEP YOUR PINK PRINCESS HAPPY
After learning all of the ins and outs of this beautiful Philodendron, you may feel as though you are ready to add it to your collection. Before you do, we have a summarized collection of tips to keeping your tropical royal plant thriving.
1. Place your Pink Princess in soil that is lightweight, breathable and able to drain. Soils that are high in organic matter tend to be Sphagnum peat moss with a little perlite added.
2.Keep this plant moist, both when watering and misting, as it prefers moderate humidity and plenty of water. Let the soil dry out completely in between watering rounds. The ideal moisture is when only the top inch of soil is dry.
3. To allow for an impressive display of pinks, place your plant in a room with bright indirect sunlight.
4.Repot your Pink Princess when you notice that the roots are starting to outgrow their current living space. Remember that even if this species of Philodendron doesn’t grow all that quickly, it still is a vining plant.
5. Try to keep this tropical plant in a warm room with a temperature between 24 and 29 degrees Celsius for optimal growth.
Do you feel prepared to adopt and care for a Pink Princess of your own? If there are a few questions that you feel weren’t addressed, glance over the most commonly asked questions and their answers.
How many types of Philodendron are there?
Philodendron belongs to the family Araceae. There are currently a little over 400 species known under Philodendron, including the Pink Princess.
How can I make my Philodendron Pink Princess grow faster?
The Pink Princess is known to be a slow grower. To make your plant grow faster, you can place it in partial sunlight, keep the soil moist, and lightly fertilize.
Are dogs allergic to Philodendron Pink Princess?
Dogs and other animals are actually in danger if they come into contact with a Pink Princess. This species of plant is labeled as poisonous, meaning that your pet should be seen if ingesting it. Signs that your dog has consumed a Pink Princess plant include drooling, coughing, foaming, and agitation of the skin around the face and mouth.
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