We cover all you need to know about propagating your philodendron pink princess.
See also: Philodendron Pink Princess Care for a full guide to this plant, as well as Reverted Philodendron Pink Princess, Philodendron White Princess Tricolor, Philodendron White Princess Propagation. Also see our Philodendron Propagation section and our general guide How To Propagate Philodendron and How To Propagate Philodendron In Water.
I have tried water propagation, soil, moss and leca methods when propagating pink princess philodendrons. I’ve propagated lots over the last few years and even though I love the more technical propagations,
The best method for propagating a philodedron pink princess is to water propagate them for a month or two then move them to soil. Then keep them humid until you get growth from the top of the plant, then you can treat them as a normal juvenile pink princess.
How To Propagate A Philodendron Pink Princess
Time needed: 30 minutes
A step by step guide to propagating a philodendron pink princess
- Take the cutting
Take a sharp knife and cut the stem below the node. The node is the part of the stem which the plant branches out from, it is also where it will root from so you need one for each cutting.
You’ll need to take a cutting of the top node, if you take a cutting from the middle of the plant, the branches above will come with it, as you take the node.
- Let the cutting callous over
You don’t want open wounds when you put it in water as it increases the chance of rot. You want to allow the wounds to heal for a few hours first.
- Put the cuttings in water
Once it is calloused over, put the cuttings in a jar of filtered tap water and keep them in medium indirect sunlight.
- Leave them to root.
Let the cuttings root for a month or so, keeping the water topped up. A good rule of thumb is to wait until the roots have roots – the plant will root, then put out smaller roots from the main one.
- Move the plant to soil
Take it out of its water and plant it in soil. (you can also use leca, or sphagnum moss as pictured below with one of my cuttings). Once it starts to put out new leaves from the top of the plant you can keep it as a normal houseplant.
- Keep it humid
Keep the plant in a humid place, or inside a clear plastic bag to keep it humid as this will encourage it to take to the soil.
Here’s a couple of pictures of my propagations, one young one I propagated in soil, and another in sphagnum moss.
Philodendron Pink Princess Propagation – frequently asked questions
Pink princesses are easy to propagate – take a one-node, one-leaf cutting and root it in water, then transfer it to soil.
You can propagate a pink princess in water. It is best to let the wounds heal over first to reduce the chances of rot.
You cannot propagate a pink princess from just a leaf , you need a node.
It can take just a week for the cutting to start rooting, and normally two months to establish a good sized root system.
You can propagate philodendrons directly to soil. You can get more issues with rot with soil than with other methods, so make sure you leave the cuttings for a few hours so the wounds heal over completely before putting them in soil. You do not want open wounds as it encourages rot.
Top cuttings come from the top part of the plant where the newest growth is. They tend to propagate the fastest. Mid cuttings which come from further down the plant also propagate well, in younger plants especially.