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13 Pink House Plants Perfect for your Valentine

by ThatWoW Editorial Team
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A Valentine’s day gift is hard to get right. Gone are the days when a box of chocolates or a posy of roses would suffice, people, are now on the hunt for innovating ideas that fit the brief and yet expand the boundaries.

This article is not about a ‘gift’, per se, it only gently toys with an idea that encompasses a love for nature, and focuses on brightening the insides of your home.

Pink is universally agreed upon as the colour for Valentine’s Day- pink flowers, pink ribbons, pink cakes, pink chocolates. You name it, you have it! Pink plants, you would think are exempt- surely plants are green? Well no, not quite. Pink houseplants, although a rarity, are not completely unusual to spot, especially in the better nurseries and conservatories. These plants are characterized by pink(-ish) leaves, sometimes edged with green and sometimes lined with the fall colours of red and brown.

The pink or red colour of the leaves is caused by a pigment called anthocyanin. This pigment is generated by the plant to protect themselves from ultra-violet radiation.

And so, without further ado, let us look at some attractive house plants with very pink leaves!

13 Pink House Plants Perfect for your Valentine

1. Mosaic Plants

Rather a self-explanatory name, this plant has intricately patterned leaves in the hues of green and pink. They are also often referred to as ‘pink nerve plants’, owing to the resemblance the patterned leaves have to veins.

A small plant, it makes an ideal pick for an indoor terrarium or rock garden. Indirect light is advised, for direct exposure to the sun can scorch the leaves and make them shrivel up.

Frequent watering is recommended. The soil needs to retain moisture for the plant to grow and thrive.

2. Polka Dot Plant

Another patterned plant, this one has dots instead of nerve-like lines. The leaves of the plant have mottled dots in shades of pink and red (maybe some in white, too). A plentiful smattering of said dots can render the leaf almost wholly pink. These are attractive plants to keep around the house. They are small, and as a result, you shouldn’t have to worry about them being invasive.

A Polka Dot should ideally be kept out of direct sunlight, although they do prefer light. Watering is especially important during the summers, in the winter the plant has a lower dependency on moisture.

Altogether, a smart buy.

3. Aglaonema

Popular and easy to care for, these Chinese evergreens have my absolute approval. The plant has glossy green leaves, carefully edged with pink- almost as if the colour has deliberately been painted in. The understated glaze and the precision of the lines are what makes the plant so appealing.

Additionally, it can grow in almost any circumstance, as far as light is concerned- in both brightly lit balconies and dimly shaded corners. Their height (in a fully grown condition) ranges between 1 to 3 feet. Watering should be frequent, with an adequate interval to enable the soil to dry out.

4. Stromanthe

Stromanthe is a surprising plant, it has an innate ability to look different from different perspectives. The top of the green leaves features white variegation, that looks pink when looked at from the bottom.

This plant is a native of rain forests, and thrives best in a humid environment. They are fast growers, and reach a maximum of 3 feet tall, although potted plants are generally smaller.

They respond to bright, indirect light and require well-drained soil for optimum growth. The top layer of the soil should be dry before it is watered again.

5. Calathea

The Calathea (popularly known as the peacock plant/ zebra plant) is characterized by showy leaves, which have a delicate pattern of pink and green. The pink hues line the outer edges of the leaves, making them bear an uncanny resemblance to a peacock’s tail when unfurled.

This plant prefers low light, and shows a definite bias for shade. It can grow up to 3 feet tall and requires frequent watering.

An unusual phenomenon existent in these plants is the act of the leaves folding up at night, as if in prayer.

6. Arrowhead Plants

For the first few months, these plants grow upright until they suddenly deviate into producing trailing stems that firmly launches into the category of cascading house plants.

Shade-loving plants, they grow unhurriedly and steadily up to a maximum of two to three feet tall. Accurate drainage is imperative, so one must ensure that the top layer is dry before one waters it.

The leaves of the plant are very attractive, and unfurl in varying shades of pink, red and silver.

7. Rubber Plants

These beauties come in variegated, waxy texture that is difficult to replicate. The leaves have a natural sheen and slightly blotted pink or white edges that look as if they have been painted on with watercolours.

Low-maintenance, these plants are fast growers and have the ability to shoot up to towering heights. This, of course, is not convenient for the confines of a home. However, there is no need to worry as planting this variegated variety of the rubber plant largely restricts its growth and makes it suitable for an indoor environment.

8. Rex Begonia

A group of plants that come in a variety of different kinds of leaves, shapes and patterns, this plant is one of the most popular ‘pink plants’ on the list. The leaves have a papery, rather crumbly texture.

These are not large plants, with the maximum achievable height being around two feet. Bright light( indirect) is a prerequisite, as exposure to light deepens the pigment in the leaves, making them appear a particularly vivid pink.

Wall-drained soil and frequent addition of fertilizers is advisable to induce optimum growth and development.

9. African Milk Tree

This one is rather a departure from tradition, on account of it being a succulent. The African milk tree is well suited to both the outdoors and indoors, and shows a definite proclivity of reaching considerable heights. The heights vary, depending on conditions. An approximation between three and nine feet is usual.

Bright light is important, as is evenly moist soil.

The structural dimensions of this plant are remarkable, owing to both the strength of the structure as well as the height. The stem is green( light), while the needle-like leaves are pink and red.

10.Anthurium 

Colloquially referred to as “tickled pink”, this plant is native to warm, tropical climes and thrives in similar environs. As a houseplant, it is quite well-behaved and requires little care.

The plant has an interesting appearance- broad, green leaves with pale pink edges, coupled with a purple underleaf.

These plants like bright light, but have a tendency to scorch when placed in direct light. Choose a sunny spot near the window which receives just the right amount of light. Moist soil is important- moist, but not soggy.

These plants do bloom, with each blooming period lasting for about two to three months.

11. Cordyline Pink Diamond

A tropical plant with large, flowy foliage- this one is probably meant for the indoors anyway (you know, where you can control the weather?).

These plants favour brightly lit areas, but can sustain in low-light conditions as well.

The leaves are quite distinctive- the leaves have pale pink edging that sometimes turns a deeper fuchsia in bright light.

12. Philodendron Pink Princess

A particular variety of the philodendron, this one is a climber too. With unrestricted space to move around in, it can climb its way up to the ceilings, navigating expertly a few bookshelves along the way.

The plant is one of the more conspicuous ones, with brightly patterned leaves- emblazoned with large splashes of pink and red.

New leaves tend to display more traces of colour. Light is another factor taken into consideration whilst assessing the colour quotient of each leaf.

13. Dragon Tree

Verging on the taller side, this plant works for both outdoor and indoor situations.

The plant has woody stems ( reminiscent of the outdoors) and slender leaves that appear pinkest when coupled with adequate exposure to light. Maximum height achieved ranges between 3 to 8 feet. Pruning is recommended as per requirement.

Avoid direct sunlight, and be sure to check for dry soil before you water the plant again.

If you have, at the end of this list, reached the same conclusion as I have- I think you will agree that pink houseplants provide similar, if not the exact same, effects as a flowering plant do. They are just easier to take care of.

If you too are looking for something a little out of the ordinary, something that piques your attention and does not disappoint- you know which plant to be on the lookout for the next time you decide to drop in at the nursery!

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