While apartment trends have long revolved around high-end neutrals and refined woods, 2023 is all about pops of colour. From mushroom lamps to disco décor, people are ready to take more risks when it comes to home decorating – especially after being locked inside due to the pandemic. Whether you’re looking for an eye-catching accent or a striking pop of colour, pink houseplants can be a great way to liven up your space.
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How to care for pink houseplants
While pink houseplants are a great way to add a pop of colour to your place, they can be a little bit tough to care for. They’re definitely worth the effort, but you’ll want to make sure you look up the proper care for your special new plant.
More often than not, pink houseplants crave bright, indirect sunlight. If they get too much direct sunlight, their leaves will burn and lose their colour, so if you see that happening you’ll want to move them away from any direct sun. Watering schedules vary from plant to plant, and we dive into a little bit based on the plants below, but make sure you look up your plant’s needs based on its species.
Now that you’re ready to care for your bold new plant, check out 10 pink houseplants that will add a pop of colour to your place below.
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The mosaic plant, AKA the nerve plant (or fittonia albivenis, if you’re fancy), is a trailing plant that thrives in indoor settings, as it only needs indirect light. Since it’s a trailing plant, the mosaic will stay small, making it great for terrariums. What’s so special about this plant? They contain some deeply veined leaves that give it its pink hue and make each leaf resemble a mosaic (hence the name). To keep up with this plant, you’ll want it to stay evenly moist, so add some water whenever the surface of the soil gets just a little dry. Hot tip: if you see the leaves starting to crisp up, get it away from direct sunlight.
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The mysterious stromanthe really has the plant world by the throat. What’s unique about this eye-catching plant is that it looks different from nearly every angle you look at it. While the top of the leaves are mostly green, if you take a look underneath you’ll find a surprise: a beautiful blend of pinks and reds. This is one of the more difficult plants to care for on this list, as it’s native to rain forests, so make sure it lives in a warm, humid spot in your home. The stromanthe will need bright, indirect light and you can water it every time the top inch of the soil dries out.
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Echeveria ‘Perle von Nurnberg’
Arguably the most beautiful echeveria variety of all, the “Perle von Nurnberg” is a stunning houseplant with a pinky-purple lining. If this succulent is placed in full sun, it’ll turn pink and purple, and it will grow pink flowers with yellow accents that bloom in the summer. As with most succulents, you’ll want to allow the soil to completely dry out between waterings.
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Philodendron pink princess
The philodendron pink princess (PPP), otherwise known as the philodendron erubescens, is one of the most popular pink houseplants. Decked out in pink spots, this one is sure to wow all of your house guests with its unique pattern. Don’t get too excited too fast, though, as this stunning houseplant costs a pretty penny since it’s very popular and there is a low supply of them. If you decide to make the investment, you’ll want to make sure your PPP lasts a lifetime, so put it in a spot with bright, indirect light and let the top half of the soil dry out before watering it.
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This colourful houseplant has a bright pink flourish. Known for being the world’s longest blooming houseplant, with each bloom lasting up to eight weeks, the pink anthurium can attribute its colour to its modified waxy leaves. If you’ve got one of your own, make sure to keep it in bright indirect light where it will bloom best.
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If you want a pink plant but live in a basement or low-light apartment, the caladium thrives in the shade. Bringing the perfect pop of colour to a dark home, caladiums have heart-shaped leaves with pink centers or deep pink veins. Alongside some partial shade or filtered sun, make sure to keep the soil moist and this plant is sure to thrive.
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The dragon tree (AKA dracaena marginata) is the perfect houseplant for the plant neglecter. If you’re a forgetful plant parent, the dragon tree will still thrive on its own, but be prepared for it to take up a lot of space, as these tropical plants can grow between three and eight feet tall. While it can tolerate low light, the dragon tree will be more pink if it’s grown in bright, but indirect sunlight. Water this plant whenever the soil is dry to the touch.
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Polka dot plant
This adorable plant is just as cute as its name suggests. With sweet little pink polka dots spotted along its leaves in white, pink and red, this plant will add just the right amount of colour to your apartment. While they can grow up to three feet tall in their natural habitat, they’ll stay much smaller when grown indoors. These cute little guys need some bright, but indirect light and their soil should be moist – especially in the summer.
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The calathea is a pretty special houseplant. It should come as no surprise that this one is also known as zebra plant, peacock plant or rattlesnake plant, as its zigzagging, flashy pattern is sure to draw some attention. Don’t worry if you take a peek at your plant at night and see its leaves folded up, this is normal for a calathea plant (and also why they are sometimes called prayer plants, too). If you live in an apartment that doesn’t get very much light, this is the pink houseplant for you, as it only needs low to medium indirect light. But make sure to water it regularly, letting the surface of the soil become dry to the touch before watering.
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The pink syngonium not only looks beautiful, but it’s also an air-purifying houseplant. With pink and green patterns, this subtly pink plant is perfect for hanging baskets and terrariums. An added bonus is that the pink syngonium grows fast and is super easy to propagate, so you’ll quickly have enough plants for you and all your friends. To take care of this plant, you’ll need medium to bright indirect light and a humid environment.
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