Caring for the philodendron “pink princess”

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The pink princess philodendron is one of the most popular types of plants for office environments. It can grow up to 3 feet tall and thrives in bright, indirect sunlight. In general, they are low-maintenance plants that don’t require much attention or care once they have been established. However, there are a few things you should know about this plant before bringing it home from the local nursery.

What is the phyllodernon pink princess flower?

What is the phyllodernon pink princess flower?
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Philodendron pink princess is a tropical plant. It is known for its large, heart-shaped leaves, which are usually a rich pink or red color. The flowers themselves are small and insignificant, but they add to the overall beauty of the plant. In addition to the pink leaves, the plant also has green leaves, which are very important for growing the plant itself because photosynthesis occurs through them.

The pink princess has all the perfect qualities to brighten up your home. She grows beautifully in pots and hanging baskets. It produces long, sturdy vines and phloxes as it grows, creating a beautiful living panorama.

Pink philodernon is considered a perennial evergreen plant that will delight its hostesses with beautiful and richly colored leaves.Β 

Type of plant family

The philodendron family is large and diverse, with about 900 different species. However, philodendron pink princess belongs to the arum family, which has only about 60 species. This particular species of philodendron grows in Central America and northern South America.

Type of plant family
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The most interesting thing is that the pink princess of the same species can have different viscosities. Some grow sturdier and larger, while others grow smaller. This is what makes it possible to choose the future species of plant for the apartment or office. Specialists recommend focusing specifically on the climbing species philodernon pink princess for home breeding.

Care of the phyllodernon pink princess plant

Philodernon pink princess won’t require too delicate a care environment. Therefore, this choice is considered the best choice for beginners. In addition, the coloring of the plant is very attractive and will be able to decorate any interior of the room.

Lighting

Lighting
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Philodendron pink Princess needs bright, indirect sunlight. A window facing west or east is good for this. If this is not possible, you can provide the plant with artificial light with the help of light-spreading lamps. These are very easy to find at a specialist store for the best price. The design is easy to install anywhere in the apartment or house, because now you will not be tied only to the window sill.

If you see that from natural light, your plant began to suddenly turn yellow, it means that it gets too much sunlight. It needs to be moved to a shaded area for a while so it can get some air. After the color of the leaves is restored, it is important to find it another place in your apartment that is not as brightly lit as before.

Watering

The Pink Princess Philodendron only needs watering when the top of the soil becomes dry. A good way to tell is to stick your finger in the dirt. If it is wet, you do not need to water yet. But here it is important to determine at what depth the soil begins to get wet. That is, you have to understand that the first 1-2 inches of soil should be dry, and then it may already be wet. Only then should the plant be watered.

It is worth remembering that philodernon pink princess loves water, but does not like its overabundance. This parameter is very important when caring for the plant.

To avoid overwatering the plant, you need to do deep watering. Once you can see that the soil is dry, start watering until the water flows from the bottom of the pot. This will ensure that the roots get enough water and will not dry out. Watering helps the plant stay bright and blooming.

Humidity

If you live in a dry climate or have problems with indoor air, you need to give the plant plenty of humidity while it is growing. This will help protect against disease and keep your valuable friend healthy. Because philodernon is a thorny plant and likes high humidity.

There are several ways to provide the plant with increased humidity:

  • 1. It is important to spray the flowers through a sprayer every three days. If the weather is very hot and dry, spray every day;
  • 2. You can buy a humidifier. This will work automatically so you don’t have to spray the plant manually all the time;
  • 3. Take a wide tray in which you need to put small pebbles. Fill the tray with water so that it reaches the middle of the stones. Place the pot with the plant on top of the tray;
  • 4. If you have another philodernon pink, or other plants that also like a moist environment, you can put them next to each other. The tight space will create a naturally large moist environment.

Temperature

Temperature
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The ideal temperature for Philodendron ‘Pink Princess’ is 60 to 84 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s about 16 to 29 degrees Celsius. This will keep the plant from losing its leaves and blooming in time. If the temperature is too low or too high, it can cause damage to the petals and even loss of an entire leaf.

It is very important to monitor the condition of the plant and determine if it has enough temperature. In winter, the plant should not be placed near heat sources: radiators, heaters.

Fertilizer

The plant needs to be fertilized once a month. You can use organic or mineral fertilizers, but it is better to choose an organic one that will not harm the environment. When choosing a fertilizer, be sure to read the instructions so as not to overfeed the philodendron rose princess. The fertilizer should be rich in micro- and macro-nutrients, which will help the plant grow faster and bloom.

Fertilizer
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Fertilizer should be applied during the growing season, which is spring and summer. In the fall and winter, the plant has a quiet period and slows down its growth. There is no need to fertilize during this period.

You should also be aware that too much fertiliser can cause burns to the roots. This is because the fertilizer contains mineral salts that are deposited on the roots and can lead to root scorch.

It is important to flush the root system with plenty of water once every 5 months. To do this, run water through a watering probe so that it washes the roots well. The water will then flow out from the bottom of the pot. Rinse the plant for 3 minutes. Once the soil is 1 inch dry, feeding can be resumed.

Soil

The Philodendron ‘Pink Princess’ flower likes good draining soil. It should contain loam, peat and sand in equal parts. You can buy ready-made, such as Scotts, Camellia or similar that meets the needs of your plant’s roots. You can also mix equal parts orchid substrate, perlite and peat. Such a mixture will provide a moderate retention of moisture, but at the same time will take out the excess. An overabundance of moisture is bad, as well as its absence. Philodernon pink has aerial roots, so it is allowed to plant in a soilless environment at all. For this purpose, peat-perilite and sphagnum moss will do well.

Trimming

Trimming
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In order for the plant to bloom constantly, you need to trim its flowers. This will allow the energy to be directed to new growth rather than reproduction. As a rule of thumb, it is acceptable to cut off leaves that seem yellow or ugly to you in the spring or fall. The process of cutting the leaves is an important part of caring for the plant. Pruning is important before or after the beginning of the growing season.

The leaf should be cut just above the node, making a clean and neat cut. A new, healthy leaf will grow from the node afterwards. Pruning also helps to control the height of the plant if it grows too quickly.

Repotting

Repotting
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Phyllodendron ‘Pink Princess’ does not need to be replanted very often. Once a year is enough while the plant is young. Thereafter, transplanting should not take place more than once every two years. There are also cases where the plant becomes too big for its pot, so it will be time to transplant it to a larger container.

The process of preparing and transplanting the plant:

  1. 1. One day before the planned transplanting, the plant should be well watered. Water liberally without fear of flooding the roots. This will help to reduce the stress of transplanting;
  2. 2. It is very important to find a new pot 2-2.5 cm larger than the previous pot;
  3. 3. When transplanting, take the plant out of the soil carefully, so as not to damage the roots. Inspect the roots, they should be light or brown in color, with no signs of rot or damage. Remove all soil from them, and if damage or rot is found, cut it off with a sharp knife;
  4. 4. Fill the pot halfway with soil, then place the plant in it, and cover it with soil. Try to plant the plant at the same height as the previous pot;
  5. 5. Water the plant well after transplanting.

Propagation

Propagation
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Phyllodendron ‘Pink Princess’ can be propagated by stem cuttings. This is a simple process that does not require much experience:

  1. 1. The first step is to cut off the stem a little below the node, provided there are healthy leaves on the stem;
  2. 2. The cut cuttings should be placed in a jar of clean water, so that it covers it almost completely;
  3. 3. In a few weeks you will see roots appear;
  4. 4. The roots should grow to about 5 cm so that the cutting can be transplanted into the soil.

What diseases are susceptible to philodernon pink princess

What diseases are susceptible to philodernon pink princess
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Dark edges on leaves

If your Philodernon pink has dark edges on the leaves, this indicates a lack of moisture. It is important to start watering the plant more abundantly, but if the situation is severe, the ruined leaves will have to be cut off.

Brown spots

The most common disease of Philodendron ‘Pink Princess’ is a fungus called tilaviopsis. If it gets into your plant, you will see brown spots on its leaves. In this case, take care to remove all infected leaves from healthy ones as soon as possible.

This effect can also occur as a result of too much sunlight. The sun damages the leaf and destroys its pigmentation. This is if you put the plant in direct sunlight.Β In both cases, the damaged leaves should be cut back so that the disease does not spread to healthy leaves.

Root rot

If the philodendron is affected by root rot, this is easy to spot as the leaves will turn yellow and wilt. The plant should be transplanted into fresh soil as soon as possible, ensuring good drainage so that the roots can get air. You may also have to cut back some of the infected roots, otherwise the disease will continue to affect the plant until it dies.Β  Root rot is most often caused by excessive watering. It is very important not to over water or you could kill your own plant.

What pests are susceptible to Philodernon pink princess

What pests are susceptible to Philodernon pink princess
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Scrofula

Scrofula infestation is a common disease of philodendron. In this case, the leaves will rot and fall off the stems. You can avoid this by cutting off diseased or dead parts from the stem of the plant. This pest occurs most often when the plant is not properly watered.

Scab

Scabies is a fungal disease that causes light brown spots on the leaves. This disease can be treated with fungicides, but it will not go away unless you cut back the infected parts of the plant stem and remove all dead or diseased leaves. If you take these precautions, there should be no reason for future infestations.

Spider mite

If you notice mites on your ‘Pink Princess’ philodendron, it is important to take care of them as soon as possible. If you do, the leaves will turn yellow and become dry. These pests can be controlled with a special insecticide that kills eggs and larvae. Repeated treatments are required during the egg hatching period, which occurs every two days.

Mealy worms

If powdery mildew worms are found on the plant, they should be removed with a q-tip dipped in alcohol. If the infestation is large, you can treat the plant with an insecticide. Be sure to read the instructions carefully to avoid damaging the plant. Mealy worms most often appear when the soil is too wet, so it is very important to learn about watering the plant properly.

Thrips

These insects cause the leaves to turn yellow and dry. The best way to remove them is through a special insecticide that kills larvae and eggs, as well as adults. It will not take much time for your plant to become healthy again if you start treating it immediately.

Growing peculiarities

Pink to green leaf ratio

Pink to green leaf ratio
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It’s important to keep a balance of green and pink leaves, because the pink can come off the plant completely if you don’t give it enough light. In that case, you will have a green philodernon instead of a pink one. But it is also important not to let the green leaves disappear completely, because photosynthesis takes place through them and the plant feeds on sunlight.

Poisonousness of the plant

Poisonousness of the plant
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The genus philodendron is a poisonous plant, which means that if it or its leaves are ingested, symptoms of poisoning will appear. In some cases, it can be deadly to small children and animals who may try to chew its leaves. If your dog chews the leaves of this plant, keep a close eye on him because he may become very ill. The juice of this plant causes burns to the mucous membranes and skin, so you should wear gloves to take care of it for safety.

Avoid draughts

Avoid draughts
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Philodendrons like humidity, but they cannot tolerate drafts. If you don’t have a humidifier, you can spray the plant with water daily so that the leaves get enough moisture. You should also remember that philodendrons should be placed away from vents, as they dry out the plant quickly and kill many of them.

Nicolas Wayne

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