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Name: Robbie B
NC (Zone 8a)
All_The_Plant_Love91
Jul 7, 2020 11:43 PM CST
I received this PPP in the mail about a month ago and it has gone down hill. My first one is doing amazing, IDK what's wrong with this one. When I purchased it, there were 7 leafs with a new leaf forming, 2 all pink, one was yellow and had fallen off during transit, the other 2 days later turned yellow and fell off. Slowly everyday I have lost another leaf and 2 stems. I am down to one leaf and the plant looks horrible. What is wrong and what can I do to bring this baby back?
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Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
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Gina1960
Jul 8, 2020 5:45 AM CST
Well it is hard to actually SEE your plant with all that macrame there. Can you take it out of the hanger and take new photos?

This may sound harsh, but, there it is. Pink Princess is one of philodendrons that has one of the WORST records for maintaining its variegation. The other one is Strawberry Shake. Both of these have extremely unstable variegation that tends to revert to either mostly or all green, or in the case of PPP all pink.

You are actually better off having it revert to all green, because the green leaves can still photosynthesize. The all pink leaves cannot, and they will die and fall off, and if the apical meristem keeps kicking out all pink leaves the plant will decline and die.

If you can take the plant out of the holder and show better photos we may be able to help you.

For the record, this is a plant that has proven to be a total waste of the huge prices people are paying for it. This is a tissue culture plant, and sometimes these are chemically treated during the culture process to help them produce this pink variegation. This chemical treatment eventually wears off, and the plant reverts.

You might Google another plant, its called Pink Congo. This was one of the largest scams perpetrated on the plant buying public. Chemically treated all pink philos were being sold for huge sums then after the chemical treatment wore off the plants turned all green.

Pink Princess is a much older cultivar, and getting one to remain with really good variegation over time is rare
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Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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plantladylin
Jul 8, 2020 6:30 AM CST
I had two Blushing Philodendron (Philodendron erubescens 'Pink Princess') plants some years back, one that someone gave me as a small plant in trade and another that I purchased at a local nursery. What a disappointment when both of my plants reverted to all green leaves! The past year I've seen them for sale online and I've been stunned at the $$$$$$ people are spending for them. Greedy sellers are trying to make the 'Pink Princess' out as something special and rare. Grumbling

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Name: Robbie B
NC (Zone 8a)
All_The_Plant_Love91
Jul 9, 2020 4:51 PM CST
@Gina1960 Sighing! I didn't even think about the hanger. I did however include new pictures of it not in the hanger.
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Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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plantladylin
Jul 9, 2020 4:53 PM CST
That soil looks extremely dry. Terra cotta pots tend to dry out rather quickly so you may need to adjust your watering routine and water more often.
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Name: Robbie B
NC (Zone 8a)
All_The_Plant_Love91
Jul 9, 2020 5:18 PM CST
@Plantladylin Thank you 😊. Yes I have it in the terra pot as I seem to water my plants too much. Other then what you stated does it look okay to you? Not dying?
Name: Robbie B
NC (Zone 8a)
All_The_Plant_Love91
Jul 9, 2020 5:20 PM CST
@Gina1960 Yes I know about the Pink Congo. I personally don't think they are as pretty a the PPP.
Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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plantladylin
Jul 9, 2020 5:28 PM CST
To be honest, it definitely isn't thriving and it doesn't look very happy or healthy to me. My first thought is it desperately needs water. Shrug!
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Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
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Gina1960
Jul 9, 2020 7:06 PM CST
Well my first thought is that the soil looks very very dry like Lin said. It does not look happy, it has no adventitious root to attach to the totem, It does seem to have an intact apical meristem so might make a new leaf if it is given some water and good light. I think that your macrame hanger might unintentionally block the light from it. I think its a combination of problems not just any one thing. It probably needs a big boost in humidity as well
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Name: Robbie B
NC (Zone 8a)
All_The_Plant_Love91
Jul 9, 2020 7:13 PM CST
Thank you so much @Gina1960. I have a grow light on it for 6 hours day. I have a humidifier under it. It just showered here where I live and is super humid so I have put her outside to get some rain water and more humidity. It was shipped from Thailand and has went down hill since I received it. I also have one from Wilmington NC which is maybe 2 hours from me and she is doing amazing. She came potted also. The one in question was delivered bare root and just keeps declining everyday 😔. How else can I increase humidity like I stated I have a humidifier under the hanger, it's a cool mist if that matters. Should I use warm mist humidifier instead?
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Name: Robbie B
NC (Zone 8a)
All_The_Plant_Love91
Jul 9, 2020 9:31 PM CST
@Gina1960 Yes I know about the Pink Congo. I personally don't think they are as pretty a the PPP.
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
Region: Florida Tropicals Aroids
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Gina1960
Jul 10, 2020 5:22 AM CST
It probably went through a lot of stress shipping in from Thailand. The summer is really not the best time to ship plants in the South, much less from overseas. The heat stress can be amazingly harmful. Even here in the US the mail trucks are like ovens. I got an Anthurium regale as a trade and the shipper wrapped the box in heat reflective material just to come from 2 states away. If your shipment gets held up in the post of entry for any reason the shipping container it is in can out in the heat for a day or more. People who import have been receiving totally cooked plants.

This is actually what I would do if I was going to rehabilitate this plant. I would take it out of the soil mix and place it in a clear plastic cup of damp sphagnum moss. I'd keep it under the grow light and keep the humidifier on it and keep the moss evenly moist, not wet. It should grow some new roots and revive, now that it has shed all the leaves. It was putting energy into trying to maintain those leaves, when it really needed to recover from the extreme stress of coming over from Thailand and try to get itself rooted.

It might take a little while to re-root, but once it does, you can replant it into a container of a good really porous mix in a container only as small as it needs to hold the roots. Like a little ugly plastic pot. This may even be as small as 2" x 2". You are going for saving it at this point, not trying to display it in a pretty setting. If it revives and starts growing again, then you can gradually step-up the container size. If you can keep it outside in the fresh air, and natural humidity, in bright light, it would probably appreciate that and the air movement would also be a lot better. So you have a protected spot you can put it in on your porch or somewhere?
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