Philodendron Thai Sunrise
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Philodendron Thai Sunrise Care

The philodendron Thai sunrise is easy to care for as long as you keep it humid. We run all you need to know about philodendron Thai sunrise care…

Philodendron Thai Sunrise Care Summary

Light needs:Medium to bright indirect sunlight.
Watering needs:Check weekly, water if top half of soil is dry.
Fertilizer:A well diluted balanced plant feed in spring and summer.
Soil:A well draining potting mix with 20% perlite. 
Temperature:18°C to 25°C (64-77°F).
Where to buy:Try our list of Rare Plant Shops or Etsy.
Common issues:Leaf crisping from low humidity, leaf browning from overwatering.


The philodendron thai sunrise, known for it’s striking lime green elongated leaves, is a relatively rare but in demand house plant.

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Philodendron Thai Sunrise Light Needs

Medium to bright indirect sunlight is best. They will be ok back from the window, just keep an eye on the variegation, and if it fades, move them closer to the window. Be careful not to get direct sunlight on it which can burn the leaves, especially the variegated parts.

Tip: keep an eye out for revertion, if the variegation starts to fade, move it closer to the window.

How Often to Water

Check the plant once a week and water it only if the top half of the soil is dry. Tip out any excess water 10 minutes after watering so that the plant does not sit in soggy soil.


In the growing spring and summer months you can feed your Thai sunrise a well diluted balanced plant feed to encourage quicker growth.


A well draining mix is ideal to avoid root rot, use a standard potting compost but add 20% perlite as a minimum. Personally I prefer a mix of equal parts compost, perlite and orchid bark.

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

When To Repot

Repot them in spring to refresh the soil and give plenty of room for growth over the forthcoming growing months. They can grow quite a lot in spring and summer so they need root space.


50% humidity is ideal for getting the best out of the plant. You can spray them daily if you have low humidity levels in your home. Get a humidity meter, they are so cheap, and really helpful! They give min and max readings too which is really helpful. You want to be able to react when or if the humidity drops, as it can cause the plant to crisp up and leaves to fall.


18°C to 25°C (64-77°F) is the ideal range for this plant. They will do well in your home as long as you don’t let them get too cold in winter.

Philodendron Thai Sunrise Propagation

You can propagate a philodendron Thai sunrise easily with a cutting. You need at least one leaf and node. You should cut below the node, taking the stem and leaf with it. Let the cutting dry for two hours so that the cut parts of the stems heal over. Then put the cutting in wet sphagnum moss, or even a jar of water if you don’t have moss. Keep it moist, bright and humid for a couple of months and it should develop a decent root system. You can then pot it up into soil.

Philodendron Thai Sunrise Vs Golden Goddess

The main difference between a philodendron Thai sunrise and golden goddess is that the Thai sunrise is variegated. They can both look similar when young plants, but as they get older it is easy to tell the difference due to the variegated patterns on the sunrise.

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

Is It A Climber Or A Crawler?

It is a climbing philodendron.

Is It Toxic To Cats?

They are toxic to cats if eaten, and can cause vomiting and numbness. So seek vets advice immediately if your pet eats any.

Philodendron Thai Sunrise USDA Zone

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

Where To Buy

Try our list of Rare Plant Shops or Etsy.

Philodendron Thai Sunrise Scientific Name

The Latin/scientific name is Philodendron ‘Thai Sunrise’. Commercially it is sometimes incorrectly called a golden goddess.

Other names, used commercially by sellers: philodendron sunrise, philodendron ‘thai sunrise’, variegated thai sunrise.

Philodendron Thai Sunrise Care FAQs and Common Problems

Common issues are leaf crisping from low humidity or browning from overwatering. The best thing is a regular watering schedule, but only water if the soil is dry and to get a humidity meter.

Is Philodendron Thai Sunrise Rare?

The p. thai sunrise is relatively rare at the time of writing, but it is coming down in price quickly as supplies and growers are starting to produce more to catch up with demand.

Do Philodendron Thai Sunrise Revert?

They have a relatively stable variegation, but they can revert occasionally. To mitigate revertion, give the plant as much light as possible to encourage the variegation. If your plant puts out a non-variegated leaf, you can cut it off back to the last variegated node to try to encourage the next growth to be variegated.

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