Philodendron ‘White Princess’
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White Princess Philodendron is one of the most striking philodendrons that you can add to your indoor garden.
Its gorgeous green leaves are generously splashed with white and will dazzle and delight.
As long as you meet the White Princess plant basic care requirements, you should be able to enjoy its beauty for years.
|Scientific Name||Philodendron erubescens ‘White Princess’|
|Common Name||White Princess|
|Light||Bright indirect sunlight|
|Watering||Every 7-10 days, water if the top half of the soil is dry|
|Temperature||64-73˚F (18-23°C )|
|Soil Type||Rich, quick-draining|
|Soil pH||5.6-7 (mildly acidic-neutral)|
|Fertilizing||A balanced feed once a month in spring and summer|
|Repotting||Every 12-18 months|
|Pruning||Only to remove dead or damaged leaves|
|Propagation||Root in water or soil|
|Toxicity||Toxic to humans and pets|
|Mature Size||40 inches|
White Princess Philodendron Care
White Princess Philodendron plant care is pretty straightforward.
Keep your White Princess Philodendron in indirect light to protect the leaves from sunburn.
Plant it in well-draining soil and water only when the soil is dry.
Surround it with warm temperatures and high humidity.
If you can maintain this simple White Princess plant care, your tropical beauty should thrive.
Philodendrons are native to the tropical rainforests of South America, so when growing White Princess Philodendron you need to try to replicate that environment for them to thrive.
White Princess Philodendron light requirements are for bright but indirect sunlight, as in the rainforests they grow underneath the forest canopy.
White Princess plant light needs are between 10,000-20,000 lux.
The best place in your home is next to a north or east-facing window, or in a shadier spot in a west or south-facing room.
Never put them in the full sun, as it will damage the foliage, and prolonged exposure can kill the plant.
We might think that a tropical plant’s watering needs are high, but that is not the case for White Princess Philodendron plants.
In the rainforests where the philodendron originates, the plants are used to being on the dry side, so you should aim for the same when you water White Princess plant.
You may only need to water every 7-10 days. Check the soil and water only when the top half of the soil is dry.
An effective White Princess Philodendron watering is to plunge the pot into a bucket of water and let it soak briefly. Then remove it and let the excess drain out.
Never let your White Princess Philodendron sit in water as the roots can rot and die.
The ideal White Princess Philodendron temperature range is 64-73˚F (18-23°C ).
This temperature for White Princess plant should be easy to achieve in an indoor environment.
White Princess Philodendron has limited temperature tolerance below 60°F (17°C), and no frost hardiness at all. Freezing temperatures will kill it.
Unless you live in zones 10-13, you will have to keep your White Princess Philodendron indoors for much of the year. You could move it outdoors in the summer, however, taking care to avoid full sun locations.
Even indoors, though, you need to keep it out of cold drafts and air conditioning to avoid damage.
White Princess Philodendron humidity requirements are pretty well what you would expect from a native of the tropical rainforests.
The ideal humidity for White Princess plant is high—between 60-80%.
Luckily, there are ways that you can create an acceptable humidity level for your White Princess Philodendron without turning your whole home into a steam bath.
If you have several tropical plants that need high humidity, group them together around a small humidifier that will moisten the air in their immediate vicinity.
Alternatively, you could set them on a tray filled with pebbles and water.
The easiest way is to mist the leaves every few days with distilled water.
White Princess Philodendron soil needs to be porous and well-draining so that it will not stay too moist.
The best pH level for White Princess plant is between 5.6-7 (mildly acidic-neutral).
The ideal soil mix should have nutrient-rich elements, but at the same time be light and airy. If it retains too much water, your White Princess Philodendron roots are likely to rot, killing the plant.
To make the ideal soil for White Princess plant, use a combination of potting mix or compost with sphagnum moss, perlite, and peat moss. If the soil compacts too easily, add pine bark or vermiculite to loosen it up.
Your White Princess Philodendron will need regular feeding to ensure lush foliage growth.
The best White Princess Philodendron fertilizer is a liquid one that can be diluted in water and applied to the soil.
Do not fertilize when the soil is dry, as it is likely to run right through and not be absorbed.
Instead, apply the fertilizer for White Princess plant shortly after watering to ensure even distribution throughout the soil.
The best fertilizer ratio for White Princess Philodendron is an even 10-10-10.
Fertilize your White Princess Philodendron once or twice a month in its spring and summer growing season. Cut back to once every two months in fall and winter.
Potting & Repotting
Plan on repotting White Princess plant every 12 or 18 months as it continues to increase in size.
You will know when it’s time for White Princess Philodendron repotting when the new leaves become smaller, or roots start growing out through the drainage holes.
Don’t be too generous with the new pot size—plants will actually suffer in too big a pot. Only go up a couple of inches in diameter at most.
When potting your White Princess Philodendron, use fresh soil, leaving room for the root ball. Loosen the roots gently and firm the soil before watering thoroughly.
You may be able to divide your White Princess Philodendron at this point and create two or more separate plants.
White Princess Philodendron pruning is usually just a matter of removing dead or damaged leaves every couple of months.
Since it is a slow-growing plant that naturally forms into a tidy shape, it is not necessary to trim it as frequently as the more rambunctious vining tropical plants.
When cutting White Princess plant, be careful to use sharp scissors or knife. It’s a good idea to sterilize them with alcohol or flame beforehand to prevent any spread of disease between your plants.
Make a clean cut at the base of the leaf stem and discard it in the garbage or compost.
White Princess Philodendron propagation is an easy way to produce more of these lovely tropical plants.
Wait a few years until your White Princess Philodendron is big enough to take large enough cuttings from. Younger plants can be divided at the roots.
To propagate White Princess plant, start by taking stem cuttings at least 3 inches long with 2 or three nodes and at least one leaf.
You can root the cuttings in either water or a light medium such as peat or perlite. Keep them warm and out of the direct sun.
Within a few weeks, you should see roots growing. When they are a few inches long, plant out the cuttings in a potting mix.