Lemon Lime Philodendron Plant Care

Nothing is more vibrant than the lemon-lime-colored leaves of this Philodendron. The best part is it is an evergreen plant and livens up any room. The lemon-lime plant grows up to a foot high, and eventually, the stems bend, looking a lot like a vine.

This is an epiphyte plant which grows, climbs or clings to trees or bigger plants around them. Still, it also has gorgeous heart-shaped leaves like some other plants in the Philodendron species.

What is Philodendron Hederaceum Lemon Lime?

lemon lime philodendron

The Lemon Lime Philodendron is a tropical plant in the South American rainforests. While the Philodendron Lemon Lime is a popular plant to grow outdoors, it makes for a spectacular houseplant.

The plant has vibrant greenish-yellow leaves with a heart shape and remains green all year round. The Lime Philodendron can grow up to 24-inches wide and 12-inches tall. It starts to bend like a vine as the stem grows, cascading to the ground.

New growth starts pinkish-yellow and turns to lime-green as it matures.

Lemon Lime Philodendron Care

The Lemon Lime Philodendron is an easy-going plant with loads of health benefits. The plant helps reduce anxiety and stress in the home. It also purifies the air from pollutants to make it easier to breathe.

Best Soil Mix for Lime Philodendron

philodendron soil requirement

Your Lemon Lime Heartleaf Philodendron indoors needs well-draining yet loose moist soil. You can use a regular potting mix with some peat in the formula. When the soil is airy and loose, it helps the roots grow but avoid sandy soils even if they drain better.

The Lemon Lime you can re-pot at the end of dormancy in winter to early spring when the growing season starts. Your plant grows slightly rootbound into a root ball. Yet, when new growth of the leaves starts, it is best to transplant it to a new container not to stunt the growth.

Bright Indirect Light

Your indoor plants do best with bright indirect light that is the same as in their native habitat. Your Lemon Lime Philodendron can do well in low light but grow faster in bright light. Still, avoid placing your Lemon Lime Philodendron in direct sun as the leaves start to burn to cause permanent damage.

Watering Needs for Lemon Lime Philodendron

philodendron watering requirement

One thing that the tropical plant loves is deep watering. But we recommend waiting for the top half of the soil to dry between watering. So if you notice your Philodendron Lemon Lime plant turns brown and looks wilted, you are underwatering your plant.

It helps to increase the watering but prevents suddenly drenching it. Also, avoid spells of drought from happening often. It results in stress and will not thrive. If you notice yellow leaves, it is a sign of overwatering.

Temperature & Humidity

Lemon Lime Philodendron grows in room temperatures between 65°F to 80°F. We recommend keeping your plant away from drafts during winter as it can result in stunted growth. While the Lemon Lime Philodendron is a tropical plant, it can survive in average household humidity levels. This beautiful vining plant can thrive in USDA hardiness zones 10B through 11.

Fertilizing and Pruning Lemon Lime Philodendron

fertilizing philodendron lemon lime

During the Lemon Lime Philodendrons growing season, you can feed it monthly in spring and summer. After the growing season, you can feed your plant every other month. We recommend a regular plant fertilizer at a half or quarter strength.

If you notice damaged, dead, or discolored leaves, you can give them a trim. Yet, please do not twist or rip the Lemon Lime Philodendron stem or leaves as it results in scars. Instead, we recommend trimming above a leaf node to cut the volume down.

Still, if you notice, your Lemon Lime Philodendrons are not growing a lot of foliage. You can make a small cut close to the leaf nodes. You can also use a damp cloth to clean the leaves from dust to make them breathe better.

Lemon Lime Philodendron Propagation

These tropical plants are easy to propagate using the water method. The best time to do this is in the growing season, or you can put the stem tip cuttings directly in the soil. Then, you place the cutting with the nod a couple of inches into moist soil.

Another helpful thing is choosing a healthy stem with a few leaves on it. Then, pop the bottom end into some rooting hormone and place it in a glass of water. Refresh the water weekly, and once you see new growth, transplant it into the soil.

Place your new plant out of direct light and keep it watered.

Philodendron Hederaceum Varieties

When you look for a Lemon Lime Philodendron, you can easily confuse yourself with these varieties. The reason is that they all have the same bright greenish-yellow color.

Philodendron birkin

Philodendron birkin

The plant is another stunning indoor plant. While it does not have a yellow-green color, it has white stripes on the darker green foliage.

Philodendron cordatum

philodendron cordatum

One could say that the sweetheart vine started the indoor plant trend. It is another easy-going plant to care for. With enough light, this vining plant displays a lighter green color leaf.

Moonlight Philodendron

Philodendron moonlight

The Moonlight Philodendron also has bright green yet fluorescent leaves to cheer up any living space. The leaves you find unfurling from red skins mature into emerald green.

Philodendron Hederaceum Diseases and Pests

The Lemon Lime Philodendron is an easy-going houseplant to grow and maintain with few problems. Yet, there are some common problems found as in any other plant.

Leaves Turning Brown

When you notice brown leaves in your striking plant, the culprit is underwatering. Once the top half of the soil drys, you need to water your plant. Water it well and leave the excess water to drain.

Yellow Leaves

Yes, it is normal to have a yellow hue for the Philodendron Lemon Lime. But when those leaves become less green, it can result from overwatering. To fix the problem, leave your Philodendron hederaceum until you notice the leaves droop a bit. Water well until the water drains through the bottom drainage holes.

Leggy Stems

Leggy stems result from too little light and need bright light to survive. The branches become leggy because it is reaching out for more light. When you move your plant to bright indirect light, it helps.

Sparse Plant Base

If you notice no leaves at your Philodendron Lemon Lime base, you have not pruned or trimmed it. For a full lush houseplant, it helps to shorten the vines after each leaf node. It helps encourage growth, and it branches out.

Soft Wilting Leaves

As with brown leaves, underwatering can cause the foliage to wilt and become soft. You can give it deep watering to help your plant stay hydrated. Also, never leave your Philodendron hederaceum standing in wet soil, as it can lead to root rot.


Insects that bother Lemon Lime Philodendrons are gnats, spider mites, and mealybugs. Ensure that any plant debris is removed from the leaves to stems to prevent gnats. Also, avoid too moist soil for too long as gnats thrive in moisture.

Mealybugs look like cotton balls, and they breed and spread fast. So first, you need to remove the visible bugs using a cotton ball soaked in rubbing alcohol with dish soap. Then, you can spray the insecticidal soap spray on your plant and repeat as needed.

Another pest is spider mites looking like black or red moving dots. You can spray your Philodendron Lemon Lime under the faucet and use hydrogen peroxide as a treatment.

White Soil Surface

If the soil looks white and crusty, it can be from too much fertilizer. You can re-pot your plant in new soil or flush the soil with water.

Frequently Asked Questions

Like other Philodendron species, Lemon Lime is toxic to humans and pets. It contains calcium oxalate crystals that irritate the mouth.

The Lemon Lime Philodendron grows mostly outside, but you can grow it as a houseplant in a container. Do not provide it with too much sunlight to prevent scorching the leaves. Keep the soil moist and dry between watering to avoid root rot.

At first glance, the two Philodendrons look alike. Still, the notable difference you see in the heart-shaped yellowish leaves on the Lime and paddles on the Golden Goddess when it climbs.

You can find the Lemon Lime heartleaf Philodendron at a local garden center. Still, you need not leave your home for this gorgeous plant. You can find one right here at Plantly to deliver to your home.

Whether you want to buy, sell or simply reach out to other plant enthusiasts, Plantly is the right place to be!

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