Philodendron Melanochrysum Care
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Philodendron Melanochrysum Care

The key to philodendron melanochrysum care is to not overwater it and check it for pests regularly…

Philodendron Melanochrysum Care Summary

Light needs:Bright indirect sunlight.
Watering needs:Check weekly, water if top half of soil is dry.
Fertilizer:A high nitrogen feed once a week in spring summer.
Soil:Use moss or a really well draining compost and perlite mix.
Temperature:18-27°C (64-81°F).
Where to buy:Try one of these Rare Plant Shops.
Common issues:Root rot from overly wet soil.


The Philodendron Melanochrysum is a velvet leaved climbing philodendron with thin elongated heart shaped leaves. Its popular for a good reason, we run down all you need to know here…

Light Needs

Bright indirect light is always best, but it will do ok a bit further back from the window.

How Often to Water

Check the plant once a week and do not be tempted to water it unless the top half of soil or more is dry. They can get root or leaf drooping from overwatering quite easily, so always be careful when watering a philodendron.


A high nitrogen feed once a week in spring summer will encourage leaf growth.

Philodendron Melanochrysum Soil

Many people grow philodendron melanochrysums in sphagnum moss. If you do this make sure the pot has plenty of holes to take excess water away and let air in. If you use soil make sure it has 20% perlite mixed in to aid drainage.

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

When To Repot

Repot it up a size in sring to give it space for growth in the coming warmer months.


60% humidity is ideal for a philodendron melanochrysum. They will do well with a humidifier that will get the best out of them.


18-27°C (64-81°F) so they’ll be fine in your home. Keep it away from cold draughty windows in colder months.

Philodendron Melanochrysum Vs Micans

The biggest difference is that the melanochrysum is a climber and so it will grow upwards, but the micans will grow like a vine. They both have a velvet texture to the leaves.

Philodendron Melanochrysum Common Name

Velour Philodendron

Where To Buy

Try one of these Rare Plant Shops.

Other Names

Black Gold Philodendron

Philodendron Melanochrysum Care FAQs and Common Problems

Make sure it does not sit in water logged soil as a lot of issues come from the roots being susceptible to root rot. Also check the leaves including the underneath for pests every time you water the plant.

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