If you're like me, you love your houseplants. I have a wide variety of plants in my apartment, from a peace lily to a snake plant to a philodendron pink princess. I've noticed that my philodendron pink princess doesn't have as much variegation as other philodendron pink princesses I've seen online. Here's a look at why that may be the case.
There are a few reasons why your philodendron pink princess's variegation may be low. First, it could be due to stress. If your plant isn't getting enough light or if it's been repotted recently, that could lead to lower variegation. Second, it could be because of the age of your plant. Younger plants tend to have more vibrant colors and patterns than older plants. Finally, it could be due to genetics.
Pink Princess' are grown from tissue culture and it's a plant that holds its variegation in its DNA meaning you cannot make more light or different levels of nutrients. Each plant has the same potential to express but when this happens depends on how much is actually within each one’s genes (it can't be changed). Tissue cultures were created because people desired for these kinds of plants with pink leaves rather than using non-tissue cup ones which many feel gives off better visuals; however there isn't always guarantee about what kind your specific variety will produce so until someone finds out through personal experience we're left guessing at times whether they'll show up green instead!
Tissue culture as the method of propagation began being used commercially some years ago and the initial plants, which were cultured from the mother plants, had nice strong variegation. Cuttings from these plants maintained the strong variegation as they grew making them indecipherable from the parent plant and other natural non-TC plants. However, the stock is so mixed now, deciphering cuttings as an original plant or early tissue culture plants cant be seen and due to the small numbers of original plants, most are likely a cutting off the first, highly variegated, tissue cultured plants.
Fewer plants are showing pink variegation early on nowadays. Most plants are all green/brown with pink flecking and tend not to express predominantly pink leaves until they are quite mature. There is no reason why the plants won’t produce pink leaves at some point, but no guarantee and only the plants DNA knows when. Some plants produce flecks of pink early on or begin to as they mature, but they are fewer than the ‘not yet pink’ plants. Very few plants are showing large amounts of variegation when they are small but they are, overall, expressing that pink continually. Although this makes the ‘Pink’ Princess rarer, there is still hope. Many plants we have grown suddenly pop a large amount when they are mature and some pop all pink leaves.
If you're concerned about the amount of variegation on your philodendron pink princess, there are a few things you can do. First, make sure you're giving your plant enough light. Second, try not to repot it too often - once every year or two should be sufficient. And finally, remember that some plants are just born with less variegation than others. These plants will have the potential to throw out pink leaves at any time, and do so when cared for properly - so don't worry too much if your plant doesn't look exactly like the ones you see online!