Philodendron Moonlight
Philodendron,  Plant Care,  Propagation

Philodendron Moonlight

Welcome to our guide to philodendron moonlight care. We cover care and propagation, including water, soil, humidity and temperature needs…

Philodendron Moonlight Care Summary

Light needs:Bright indirect sunlight.
Watering needs:Check it weekly and water when the top layer is dry.
Fertilizer:Feed monthly with a balanced, all-purpose fertilizer during growing season.
Soil:A well-draining, moisture-retentive, and humus-rich soil. 
Humidity:50% or more.
Temperature:65-78°F (18-26°C).
Where to buy:Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.
Other names:Lime Philodendron, Moonlight Philodendron.
Common issues:Root rot caused by overwatering.


The Philodendron Moonlight is a top pick for the plant lover who wants something a little different. It is a beautiful Philodendron hybrid known for its beautiful, thick glossy leaves that have fluorescent green-yellow color. With its fairly basic requirements and easy to care nature, it is sure to make a statement in any space. Being native to South America, it prefers warm, humid conditions and thrives in most indoor environments.

See also: Philodendron Soil, Philodendron Atabapoense Care, Philodendron Gigas Care, Philodendron Pastazanum Care, Philodendron Plowmanii Care.

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Light Needs

Place your Philodendron Moonlight in a bright spot but out of direct sunlight. It does best in an area that receives indirect light or filtered sunlight. A window facing east or west is a perfect location.

How Often to Water Philodendron Moonlight

They require moderate watering. Allow the top one inch of soil to dry out in between waterings. Do not allow the plant to sit in water, as this will lead to root rot. Droopy leaves are a sign that your plant is getting either too much or too little water.


Feed your plant monthly with a balanced, all-purpose fertiliser during the growing season. Cut back on fertilising to every other month during the winter. It is recommended to dilute the fertiliser to half the recommended strength.


It prefer well-drained, moisture-retentive, and humus-rich soil. A mixture of two parts potting soil and one part perlite or sand is a good option.

When To Repot Philodendron Moonlight

Philodendron Moonlight is not a fast grower, so it will not need to be repotted very often. It will need to be repotted every one to two years. Repotting is necessary when the roots start to outgrow the pot. Philodendron Moonlight can be sensitive to root disturbance, so handle the roots carefully when repotting. Move the plant to a pot that is only one size larger than the current one.


It prefers humid conditions. Ideally, a humidity level of at least 50% is good enough for its growth. So misting the leaves regularly will be beneficial. You can also place the plant on a pebble tray filled with water to increase the humidity around it.


They prefer warm temperatures and will not tolerate cold drafts. It is best to keep the temperature between 65-78°F (18-26°C).

How To Propagate Philodendron Moonlight

It can be propagated by stem cuttings. Cut a 4-6 inch (10-15 cm) piece of stem from the plant, making sure to include at least two leaves. Remove the bottom leaves and place the cutting in a glass of water. Change the water every few days, and after a few weeks, roots should start to form. Once the roots are about an inch long, they can be transplanted into potting soil.

We go into more detail on on propagating philodendrons, in our guide here: How To Propagate Philodendron.

Philodendron Moonlight Scientific Name

Philodendron hederaceum ‘Moonlight’

Philodendron Moonlight Vs Lemon Lime

The moonlight is a self heading philodnerodn with oval leaves that finsih in a point, the lomon lime has much smaller heart shpaed leaves and it s a climbing philodendron that vines down as it grows.

Is It A Climbing Or Crawling Philodendron?

It is a self heading philodendron.

Philodendron Moonlight USDA Zone

They can grow outdoors year-round in zones 10-11.

Other Names

Lime Philodendron, Moonlight Philodendron.

FAQs and Common Problems

Philodendron Moonlight is a quite tough plant and does not make any trouble for you. It is fairly resistant to pests and diseases. It can also withstand low humidity but can not stand too much direct sunlight as it can scritch the leaves. It is also very susceptible to root rot caused by overwatering.

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

Why are the leaves of my Philodendron Moonlight turning yellow?

The Philodendron Moonlight’s leaves may turn yellow for a number of reasons, including too much direct sunlight, incorrect watering, or lack of nutrients.

Is Philodendron Moonlight toxic to cats?

Yes, Philodendron Moonlight is toxic to cats. The parts of the plant contain calcium oxalate crystals, which can cause irritation if ingested.

How fast does Philodendron Moonlight Grow?

Philodendron plants are fast-growing plants, growing up to 4 inches each week during the spring and summer.

Where To Buy

Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.

Other Articles You Might Like

There you have it, here ends our guide to this beautiful plant. You might also like our other articles:

Philodendron Soil, Philodendron Atabapoense Care, Philodendron Gigas Care, Philodendron Pastazanum Care, Philodendron Plowmanii Care.

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