Philodendron Pink Princess ''Marble'' (Much Variegata) (12 Baby Plants)
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Please note that this is a Laboratory Tub containing 12 baby plants.
The older the plant gets, the more likely the new leaves are (or contain) pink. The colour is therefore variable, the plant is a kind of chameleon. New leaves can be more pink. Provided the plant gets plenty of light, but not in full sun. Keep in mind that what seems like 'a lot of light' to us is sometimes not the right light spectrum for a plant. If your plant is not making pink, you probably need to change the light intensity and/or light spectrum.
These plants are sensitive; low humidity or a suddenly high temperature can cause cells to fold inwards. Brown spots may then appear instead of pink. Unfortunately, this is something that can happen during transport, for instance. These spots also grow out again, so there is no harm to the health of the plant. We do our utmost to pack them carefully and well!
It is rare to see a Philodendron with dark leaves. The combination of the dark leaves with the pink shades of this 'Pink Princess' are therefore unique. The stems too are tinged with pink. The young leaves appear as dark olive green with white variation. As the plants mature, the bright pink spots appear. This colouration may depend on light levels.
Philodendron Pink Princess "Marble" is a climbing Araceae and can be supported in this with a plant pole lined with moss or coconut fibre. This plant grows easily in the living room. The leaves can grow up to 25-35 centimetres long.
Place the Philodendron in a location with bright, indirect sunlight. Ideally, a spot near a window where the sun's rays never touch the foliage. The light level should be built up. While it is normal for older leaves to turn yellow, it is a bad sign when several leaves turn yellow at once. Then the plant may be getting too much light. On the other hand, if the stems are leggy with several centimetres between leaves, the plant is probably not getting enough light. This can also be seen by a faint leaf colour as good light is needed for maximum colouring. Solid pink leaves may be a goal for growers but this is not often seen. Moreover, the plant must be mature enough to show the pink colour.
This Philodendron prefers moist but well-drained soil. Let the top inch of soil dry out between waterings. Sticking your finger into the soil is a good way to check the moisture level. Drooping leaves can mean that the plant is getting too much or just not enough water. But the leaves recover quickly when you correct this.
The ideal temperature for Philodendron is between 18 to 25°C during the day and around 15°C at night.
Philodendrons do best in loose and airy soil. They grow well in sphagnum moss. Mixtures such as peat-vermiculite or peat-perlite are also fine.
During spring and summer, give the plant some monthly fertiliser in the water. In autumn you may reduce this, in winter feeding is not necessary. If the plant receives no nutrition, it will grow little and have smaller leaves. A light blue sheen on the leaves usually indicates that the plant is not getting enough calcium and magnesium, which are essential micronutrients for Philodendrons.