Philodendron Pink Princess Care and Propagation

Philodendron Pink Princess Care and Propagation

Philodendron pink princess plants, with the scientific name Philodendron erubescens, are commonly cultivated for their stunning dark green, waxy leaves and bright pink variegation. These trailing plants, of the family Araceae, can grow up to two feet tall and are native to Ecuador and Colombia. They are easy to cultivate and you can propagate them using one of the methods discussed later in this article. 

Philodendron Pink Princess Plant Care

When it comes to watering your pink princess, only do so when the top one to two inches of soil have dried out. To test the moisture content, push your finger one or two inches into the soil. If there is no moisture, water the plant; if it is still damp, hold off from watering for another couple of days. This also helps avoid pest infestation, because pests like fungus gnats love damp conditions.

Water the soil until you see excess water draining from the pot to ensure that all the roots get sufficient nourishment. For these plants, thorough watering is better than shallow watering. 

Philodendron pink princess plants thrive in areas with high humidity. If you are growing them indoors, it is ideal to have a humidifier to provide the required humidity level. 

When it comes to potting mix, these plants prefer well-draining soil mixed with a few handfuls of perlite to enhance the drainage. Feed the plants with a liquid fertilizer once a month during the spring and summer, but make sure not to over-fertilize as it could damage or kill them. 

Repot your plants at least every one to two years, especially if they are not growing well in their containers. If you notice that the roots are coming out of the drainage holes or are coiled on the surface of the soil, it is definitely time for repotting. Water the plants one day before you repot them, and water again after the process. Use new pots that are one size bigger and  make sure they have good drainage. 

These plants can be pruned to control their size and shape, but make sure you use sharp, sanitized scissors or shears. Cut above a node, where leaves and roots grow out from the stem. This will encourage the plant to produce new growth. Pruning also encourages the growth of new variegated leaves, if your plant is becoming too pink or too green. 

Philodendrons have aerial roots that allow them to climb, and these trailing plants do best when provided with a moss pole. 

Philodendron Pink Princess Propagation

Water propagation 

First, take a cutting, including at least one leaf, using a pair of sharp, clean scissors. Cut just below a node, but make sure you do not cut through the node. Next, place the cutting in a jar of room-temperature water. The node, but not the leaves, should be under the surface of the water. Put the jar in place with bright but indirect light, and refill the water as needed. 

After a few weeks, the roots should have grown to at least three inches long. Plant the cutting in a pot of the appropriate size, and care for it as you would with your other plants. 

Propagation using potting mix 

There are two methods of propagating using potting mix. The first is similar to water propagation, in which you take a cutting below a node, which is where leaves and roots grow out from the stem. Then, plant the cutting in an appropriately-sized pot filled with the  moistened potting mix. Make sure that only the node, and not the leaves, are buried. 

Place the pot in bright, indirect light and keep the potting mix moist to allow the roots to develop. However, make sure the soil is not too wet. Lock in beneficial humidity by placing a clear plastic bag over the cutting, but open it daily to let in some fresh air. Finally, check on the progress by gently tugging at the cutting. If there is resistance, it means a root system has developed and you can start treating the cutting as you would your other plants. 

The second method is by propagating a stem with a node, but with no leaves. Cut a section of stem, including a node, and place it in an appropriately sized pot with moistened potting mix. Allow the cutting to lay flat on the mix and place the pot in bright, indirect light. Keep the potting mix moist but not very wet while the roots develop from the node. 

Use a clear plastic bag over the top of the pot to seal in humidity, but open the bag at least every other day to let in some fresh air. You can transfer the cutting to a more permanent pot once little leaves have started to grow from the node, and care for it as you would your other plants.

Conclusion 

Philodendron pink princess plants are widely popular for their waxy green foliage and bright pink variegation. These trailing plants are easy to care for, and if you follow the right measures to cultivate them they will grow healthily. Water them thoroughly to provide the roots with ample moisture, but make sure the soil is never waterlogged. These plants thrive in high humidity, and need to be pruned and repotted at least every one to two years.

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