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Philodendron Lemon Lime

Philodendron Lemon Lime is a really tough and non-fussy plant that thrives in almost any home, we cover al you need to know care and propagation

Philodendron Lemon Lime Summary

Light needs:Bright indirect sunlight. 
Watering needs:Only water it if the top half of the soil is dry.
Fertilizer:A well-diluted balanced fertilizer once a month in the spring and summer months.
Soil:A well draining potting mix.
Temperature:18°C to 27°C (64-80°F).
Where to buy:Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.
Other names:Lemon lime heartleaf philodendron.
Common issues:‘Leggy’ from low light conditions.


The philodendron hederaceum ‘lemon lime’ is a show stopper with it’s yellow, almost fluorescent, leaves that trail down it’s hanging vines. It is super easy to look after and tolerant of many household conditions and locations.

By the way, sometimes the philodendron moonlight is referred to as lemon and lime, but this is a different plant with longer and bigger, more oblong leaves. Here we are talking about the vine-like almost neon heartleaf. There is a Philodendron Domesticum Lemon Lime, for more on that see our article on the domesticum.

See also: Philodendron Burle Marx Fantasy, Philodendron Esmeraldense Care, Philodendron Goeldii, Philodendron Imperial Red, Philodendron Lupinum Care.

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Light Needs

The ideal light for a lemon lime is bright indirect sunlight. But the good news is that they will also do okay in lower light areas of your home. They might not grow as fast in low and medium light areas, but they will be fine.

Philodendron Lemon Lime How Often to Water

The best way to water a philodendron like this is to check the soil once a week with your finger, and only water it if the top half is dry. This is to ensure the roots gets air and do not get overwatering / waterlogging issues.

Tip: do not overwater these plants, if in doubt, leave it. They are tolerant of a range of conditions, but can get root rot easily if allowed to sit in waterlogged soil, so be careful.


They will grow faster if given a well-diluted balanced fertilizer once a month in the spring and summer months. To be honest, they will do just fine without, but feeding them will encourage growth.


A well draining potting mix with a little added perlite for to aid drainage, is ideal. They do not like to sit in waterlogged soil, so good drainage is essential.

For more on Philodendron soil see our guide on what to buy or how to make your own: Philodendron Soil.

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When To Repot

The best time of year for repotting is the spring so it grows into it’s next pot, but you can repot year round if you like.

Philodendron Lemon Lime Humidity

Philodendrons like 50% humidity which is the higher end of household humidity (most households are 30-50%). Give them a misting two or thee times a week.


18°C to 27°C (64-80°F) is the ideal range for these philodendrons, so they’ll be happy in almost any household.

lemon lime philodendron Propagation

You can easily propagate this plant by taking stem cuttings with a node and a couple of leaves. Then you can put it in soil, water or sphagnum moss to root. Try to keep it humid by partially covering the cuttings with a plastic bag, but allow a hole or two for air to move. And then keep the cuttings in indirect light and keep them moist until they root. Within two months they should have rooted and started to put out new leaf growth, at that point you can plant them up into soil and treat them as a proper plant.

For more on propagating philodendrons, see our guide: How To Propagate Philodendron.

Philodendron Lemon Lime Scientific Name

Philodendron Hederaceum ‘Lemon Lime’

Is It A Climber Or A Crawler?

It is a climbing philodendron.

Philodendron Lemon Lime USDA Zone

They can grow outdoors year-round in zones 9b-11.

Growing philodendron lemon lime in water

You can grow it in water alone, they look great just growing in a clear jar of water. You need to take a cutting and root it in water, then keep it there ongoing once rooted. Keep the water topped up and only change it if it goes cloudy. If you keep leaves from touching the water it should not get cloudy.

lemon lime philodendron vs moonlight philodendron

The moonlight philodendron has elongated, oval leaves, whist the lemon lime has smaller, heart shaped leaves.

lemon lime philodendron vs neon pothos

These two plants are similar from a far, but can be easily told apart up close as the phildoendron is heartshaped with defined points at the tip and the color is slightly more yellow, but the pothos is much more neon, and the leaves are elongated and not heart shaped.

Where To Buy

You can get these in many plant shops from time to time so support your local store. If not try one of these Rare Plant Shops.

Other Names

Lemon lime heartleaf philodendron.

For more on philodendrons see our philodendron category with all our philodendron care guides.

Philodendron Lemon Lime FAQs and Common Problems

Common problems include them getting ‘leggy’ when in low light areas in this instance you can just move them to a brighter spot, or even have 2 plants one in low light and one brighter, and swap the plants at watering time.

Is It Toxic to Cats?

It is mildly to moderately toxic to pets if ingested, so seek vets advice if your cat eats any.

why is my lemon lime philodendron turning yellow?

Leaves can yellow for a number or reasons, most commonly due to under or over watering, so check the soil and make sure you are watering the plant well, but not over watering. Check the soil weekly and only water it if the top half of the soil is already dry.

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