The stand out feature of this Philodendron pink princess is her unusual pink and white variegation that marbles what is already a lovely big heart-shaped leaf. Nature at its most ingenious.
Scientific name: Philodendron erubescens ‘Pink Princess’
Difficulty level – Easy
She is relatively easy-going in the care department, but the key to getting as much pink as possible is to ensure bright indirect sunlight, but zero direct sun or you will burn those pretties to a crisp!
Check the soil before each water and ensure that the top 2 inches have completely dried out before you give her a pink princess a drink. About 350ml at this pot size is a good amount. Be sure to empty the drip tray after watering as she hates to have wet feet, which can also cause yellowing leaves.
Feed your pink princess with a slow-release fertiliser once every six months following the instructions on the packet (remember, when you receive a plant from Green Assembly, it has enough slow-release fertiliser to last the first 6 months). During the warmer months, she likes a drink of the stinky liquid fish stuff (like Seasol) monthly, again be sure to follow the dilution instructions on the packet. Then sit back and watch her sprout fresh new leaves.
The pink princess is a fast grower in the warmer months and will eventually try to start climbing when he gets big enough. He’s not a huge fan of the cold weather, though, so try to keep him in a warm spot away from draughts during winter.
She will also love you more if you give her leaves a wipe down on occasion to remove dust and spritz to create a more humid environment.
Watch out! Pink princess is toxic to pets, and mini me’s if eaten.
Use a soil moisture metre to check how damp the soil is rather than digging with your finger.