Table of Contents
- Origin of Philodendron White Princess:
- Pot Type
- Pests and Diseases
- Growth Pattern
- Preferred Lighting
Origin of Philodendron White Princess:
Philodendron White Princess is a stunning hybrid plant that belongs to the Araceae family. It is a cultivar of the ever-popular Philodendron genus and is known for its striking segmented variegated foliage, featuring shades of green, pink, and white, giving it a very unique visual appeal
For optimal growth, use a well-draining, rich potting mix. Aroid mixes work really well with this plant. A blend of potting mix, bark, sphagnum, and perlite can be beneficial for the plant’s root health. A mix that is chunky but moisture retentive to create humidity around the root system helps this plant grow more quickly.
Bushy Philodendron like the White Princess tend to be more thirsty and need more water then other Philodendron. If they are not watered regularly and are allowed to dry out to much the new leaves can come in stuck, deformed, and absolutely ugly. Growth can slow down or even stop. They can survive a drought if needed because the leaves and stems are thicker and can hold more moisture. However, it does take a physical toll on the plant and lower foliage will yellow and fall off as a result. Root rot is also a risk.
Philodendron White Princess thrives in a temperature range of 65-80°F (18-27°C). It is important to protect the plant from extreme temperature fluctuations, as it is not frost hardy at all. You can use heatmats to help if the room begins to get to cold.
Fertilize with a standard fertilizer using a 5:5:5 ratio and follow the directions on the particular product. This plant is not a heavy feeder or prone to fertilizer burn. Even a standard slow release fertilizer over time would work really well.
Choose a pot that provides adequate drainage and is slightly larger than the plant’s root ball. This allows room for the roots to grow without being excessively constrained. Generally a plastic or ceramic pot works best to retain that humidity around the root system. If you are prone to overwatering then a terracotta pot might work better for you to prevent root rot.
Maintain moderate to high humidity levels to mimic the plant’s natural tropical habitat. Using a humidifier or placing the plant on a pebble tray with water can help create the desired humidity levels. If the humidity is to low new growth may become stuck or grow deformed. Just increase the humidity slighty and that usually fixes the issue.
Pests and Diseases
Keep an eye out for common pests such as aphids, spider mites, and mealybugs. Regularly inspect the plant for any signs of infestation and treat with appropriate organic or chemical remedies. Additionally, prevent fungal diseases by ensuring good air circulation around the plant and use a copper fungicide as needed. This plant is not really prone to any particular pest or diseases unlike plants such as alocasia or antherium. These are easy care plants and great for beginners.
Philodendron White Princess exhibits a bushy vertical growth habit, with its leaves radiating from the center of the plant. Giving this plant something to climb can encourage more coloration, larger more mature foliage, and an overall healthier plant.
Another thing to note about this plant is it is often confused with 2 other philodendron. The Philodendron White Wizard and Philodendron White Knight. The easiest way to tell the difference between these three plants is the stem and leaf coloration. The white princess is the only plant of the 3 that will produce pink, white, and green vareigation on the leaves and stem. If there is pink on the stem or leaf at all it is a white princess. The white wizard will have green and white stems with green and white foliage while the white knight will have burgundy stems and green with white foliage. The stems are the easiest way to check even on smaller plants but it does become very noticable when the plant matures.
Propagation can be done through stem cuttings. The internodal spacing(space between nodes) can be very close together with these bushy Philodendron. You need a node to produce a new plant. The roots and new growth all come from a node. You can not propagate this plant with just a leaf. Once you have your cutting with a node you can propagate it in a variety of ways. We do have several articles on propagation. A propagation box is usually the easiest way. Provide warmth and humidity to encourage root development. Once your cutting has secondary roots and they are around 4in long then your new plant can be potted up.
Indirect, bright light is ideal for Philodendron White Princess. Place it near an east or west-facing window to provide the plant with the right amount of light or utilize grow lights if your plant is in a lower light area. When the light is to low your Philodendron White Princess can slow or stop growth. New growth can be pushed out much more slowly and become stuck leading to a deformed leaf. More light is required for more variegation as well. To little light can mean more or all green leaves with little pink or white. If this happens just increase the lighting and you should see more variegation come back.
Overall the Philodendron white princess is a stunning plant for any collection or home. Its very unique with its bushy vertical growth pattern and tri colored vareigation. The pink, green, and white foliage is something to behold for sure. This plant is incredibly easy care and great for beginners. The biggest issue it commonly has is the foliage becoming stuck due to low light or low humidity. Both are easily fixed. By following these guidelines, you can ensure that your Philodendron White Princess remains healthy, vibrant, and a stunning addition to your indoor plant collection.