New Philodendron (fil-oh-DEN-dron) hybrids come out every year. But with Philodendron ‘Moonlight’ there is something special.
This evergreen, clumping cultivar goes by the common name lime Philodendron. Why? Its leaves, and new growth sport a bright yellow-green chartreuse color. This color barely fades over time.
Unlike most hybrid Philodendron varieties, moonlight philodendron looks great with “yellow-green” leaves.
Philodendron Moonlight Care
Size & Growth
Most Philodendrons are labeled as climbers or creepers. But, Philodendron ‘Moonlight’ tends to have a shrublike, dense growth.
When mature, the Moonlight Philodendron achieves a maximum height of 20” to 24″ inches and a spread of 20” to 26″ inches.
The spear-shaped, light-green foliage starts out as lime green. As the leaves age, the lime color becomes less intense.
Philodendron Moonlight has a fairly long bloom time for a Philodendron, lasting a month or more.
Philodendron flower stem tends to be almost the same thickness as the main stem.
They consist of a 5″ inch white spadix almost completely surrounded by a pink to red spathe.
Light & Temperature
Bright partial shade or indirect light will ensure a happy moonlight Philodendron.
As house plants, the moonlight plant tolerates low-light conditions. But, it may become leggy and not achieve its full height or vibrant color.
Philodendron moonlight needs bright light for good leaf coloration. Never leave the plant in direct sunlight. This type of philodendron will easily sunburn.
Moonlight Philodendron will grow well outdoors in USDA hardiness zones 10 to 11.
Keep Philodendron Moonlight at daytime temperatures of 65° to 78° degrees Fahrenheit. Avoid temperature drops below 60° degrees Fahrenheit at night.
Being a tropical plant, it prefers a humidity of 50% percent or higher. But, moonlight will tolerate normal household humidity levels.
Watering and Feeding Philodendron Moonlight
As with all philodendrons, moonlight requires a moderate amount of water. Once the soil has become dry to about 1” inch deep, it’s time to water.
Allowing the plant to sit in water leads to leaf drop and the risk of rot.
Any good all-purpose balanced liquid fertilizer will work well with moonlight.
Liquid fertilizer with macro-nutrients applied monthly during spring and summer works best. Another option is to add a granular slow-release fertilizer once in the spring and again in late summer.
Feed indoor plants with a ¼ strength liquid fertilizer while the plant continues to produce new growth.
Soil & Transplanting
Choose a loose, well-drained potting mix rich in organic matter.
Another option is to go soil-less using peat or a peat-perlite mix.
The beautiful Philodendron Moonlight prefers regular repotting, as it needs room for root growth.
The best time to repot is in spring, allowing for easy division.
Grooming And Maintenance
While Philodendron Moonlight doesn’t need pruning, it can benefit from the extra care.
Pruning away yellowed leaves or excess growth in the spring or autumn keeps Moonlight looking young and helps to show off new leaves.
Always sterilize your tools first. Cut unwanted stems at their base. Remove single leaves just above the next healthy leaf.
When pruning always keep at least three leaves for proper photosynthesis.
When growing indoors, clean the leaves of Moonlight Philodendron to get rid of any dust or pests.
You may also choose to stake moonlight, even though it’s not a climber.
How To Propagate Lime Philodendron
While you may propagate moonlight in many ways, such as stem cuttings and bulbs, the easiest method is to divide the plant when repotting.
Moonlight Philodendron Pests or Diseases
All Philodendrons are toxic if consumed, and the sap may cause skin irritation.
Philodendron Moonlight is resistant to most pests.
Suggested Philodendron Moonlight Uses
When placed well out of reach of infants and toddlers, this is an excellent houseplant.
Philodendron is known to filter benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and other harmful chemicals from the air.
Indoors or out, the bright yellow leaves bring color to the shady areas of your home and garden.
While it serves well as a container plant, its tropical heritage makes it perfect for a vivarium when younger or if kept pruned for size.