Philodendron White Princess
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Philodendron White Princess

In this article we’ll run down how to get the best out of your philodendron white princess…

Philodendron White Princess Summary

Light needs:Bright indirect sunlight.
Watering needs:Check once a week and water if top 50% of soil is dry.
Fertilizer:A balanced feed once a month in summer.
Soil:Really well draining, with added perlite.
Temperature:18°C to 25°C (64-77°F).
Where to buy:Try our list of Rare Plant Shops or Etsy.
Common issues:Root rot due to overwatering.

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The philodendron white princess is a very in demand white variegated philodendron. I really like how these philodendrons grow, and the white paint-flecked variegation on the green leaves make it real show stopper.

Philodendron White Princess Light Needs

Bright indirect sunlight is ideal to encourage the variegation, as they can revert (lose their variegation) if not given enough light. I have my variegated philodendrons in a bright room but quite far back from the window and they do well.

How Often to Water

Check your plant once a week and water it if the top 50% of soil is dry. You do not want to over water a philodendron, they are better underwatered if anything.


Use a balanced plant feed once a month in the summer months. Dilute the feed the first few times you feed them to be careful you don’t get fertilizer burn which can easily show on the white parts of the leaves.

Philodendron White Princess Soil

A really well draining potting compost with added perlite. The roots do not want to sit in soggy soil. Be careful as overwatering this is the number one cause of a dead philodendron!

When To Repot

Repot it once a year, Spring is the best time. Pot it up a size if it is growing through the bottom. It’s a good idea to give the roots some space and fresh soil annually in any case.


60%-70% humidity is good for these tropical plants. Give them a humidity pebble tray, and they’ll grow really well, or even better a humidifier.


18°C to 25°C (64-77°F) is ideal for a philodendron white princess. They’ll be fine in most homes as far as temperature is concerned, just don’t let them get too cold in winter.

Where To Buy

Try our list of Rare Plant Shops or Etsy.

Philodendron White Princess Propagation

This is the best method I’ve found to propagate a p.w.p, and it’s super simple too:

  1. Take a cutting with one leaf and one node.
  2. Put the cutting in a cup of water-soaked moss.
  3. Put the cutting in bright, but indirect sunlight.
  4. Wait for it to root and produce growth from the top of the node, this can take anywhere from one to six weeks.
  5. You can then pot the plant up into soil.

I’ve tried both water and sphagnum moss methods and moss is by far the most successful in my experience.

This will only work on a larger plant, as when small you will not be able to get at a node as the growth is so close together. So on smaller plants the best method is divide them at the base.

Philodendron White Princess FAQs and Common Problems

Root rot is a common issue from water logging, makes sure you let the soil dry out a lot before watering again.

Also any issues will how quickly on the white variegated parts of the leaves and cause browning, from under and overwatering to too little humidity. So pay special attention to your variegated plants and give them what they need. And keep it out of direct sun for sure, as it will burn easily.

Philodendron White Princess Vs White Knight

They are really similar plants, but the stems and leaves are different, the white princess has pink on the stem, while the white knight has a dark red wine, burgundy colored stem. The leaves on the white princess a narrower than the shite knight which has rounded leaves.

Philodendron White Princess Vs Philodendron Pink Princess

Apart from the color (one is white and the other is pink!), the white princess is a self heading and a smaller plant generally. The pink princess is a climber and can grow much bigger.

Philodendron White Princess Tricolor

The white princess tricolor is a white princess with some pink variegations on it too. It is a really spectacular variegation of the plant and a very much sought after rare houseplant. It’s care needs are the same a the white princess as we’ve covered above.

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