Philodendron Goeldii
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Philodendron Goeldii

We cover all you need to know about the philodendron goeldii care and propagation…

Philodendron Goeldii Care Summary

Light needs:Bright indirect sunlight.
Watering needs:Check soil weekly and water if top half or more is dry.
Fertilizer:Use a balanced fertilizer monthly in the spring and summer.
Soil: A mix of perlite, orchid bark and compost. 
Humidity:60% or more.
Temperature:18°C to 25°C (64-77°F).
Where to buy:Try our list of Rare Plant Shops or Etsy.
Other names:Philodendron fun bun, thaumatophyllum spruceanum.
Common issues:Overwatering.


The philodendron goeldii aka philodendron fun bun aka philodendron nobel aka thaumatophyllum spruceanum is known for it’s almost crown-like ring of leaves. They were reclassified from philodendron goeldii to thaumatophyllum spruceanum and a little bit different to philodendrons. It doesn’t grow like limber or crawler, but the stems all grow out fort he base.

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Philodendron Goeldii Light Needs

Give this plant as much bright indirect sunlight that you can without giving it direct sun. They grow best

How Often to Water

Check the soil weekly and water it if the top half or more is dry. Do not overwater this plant, they have big sems and leaves and will hold on to a lot of water. After watering it is good practice to tip out any excess water left in the outer container. 


Feed them every month in the spring and summer with a balanced plant fertilizer.


A well-draining soil is essential as they can be susceptible to root rot. A mix of perlite, orchid bark and compost is a good mix. 

When To Repot

They grow fairly quickly, so you want to make sure they have plenty of space for the roots to grow. 


They will thrive if given 60% or more. Up the humidity around the plant if you can by misting or with a pebble tray. 

Tip: Keep them humid, at least 60% in the day and they’ll be ok with a bit less at night. You can buy a humidity meter (affiliate link) to keep an eye on maximum and minimum levels.


Try to keep them in the temperature range 18°C to 25°C (64-77°F) during the day, and above 10°C (50°F) as a minimum temperature in winter and at night.

How To Propagate Philodendron Goeldii

Philodendron goeldii propagation is fairly easy, you need to wait until the grow bigger and spread out, then divide them at the base.

Philodendron Goeldii Vs Thaumatophyllum Spruceanum

They are the same plant, the Philodendron Goeldii has been reclassified as Thaumatophyllum Spruceanum.

Philodendron Nobel Vs Goeldi

The philodendron nobel and goeldi are the same plant, just different names. It’s official name is actually Thaumatophyllum Spruceanum.

Philodendron Goeldii Price

They go for about 30USD in the USA and about 30 euros on Europe.

Philodendron Goeldii Height

They can grow to just over a meter (3 feet) tall at maturity.

Philodendron Goeldii Brown Leaves

Brown leaves occur for a number or reasons, most commonly under or overwatering, which are easy to check for and remedy: check the soil before watering.

Is It Toxic To Cats?

They are toxic to cats and dogs if eaten, so seek vets advice if your pet eats any.

Where To Buy

Try our list of Rare Plant Shops. Or Etsy.

Philodendron Goeldii Other Names

Philodendron fun bun, philodendron nobel, thaumatophyllum spruceanum.

Philodendron Goeldii FAQs and Common Problems

Over watering is a big issue, make sure you keep the plant in a well draining medium, water it only if most of the soil is dry and tip out any excess water after watering. 

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Philodendron Goeldii
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