Philodendron Lemon Lime [Complete Care Guide] 

Lemon Lime philodendron plant.
Lemon Lime Philodendron plant. (Source: Etsy)

Lemon Lime Philodendron is tropical vegetation with vivid shades and aesthetic looks. They are commonly adorned in indoor areas to liven up a more relaxed atmosphere.

They are beautiful houseplants with heart-like leaves that thrive in an indoor setting and are relatively straightforward to care for, and that is precisely the reason for their terrific popularity.

These beauties are here to stay. They are one of the very few houseplants that will not give up on you about 99.99 percent of the time.

Generally, Philodendron Lemon Lime is an easy-growing plant that requires indirect sunlight, 40-50% humidity, 60-75°F temperature, and a warm environment. It is not very demanding in lighting, fertilization, and other factors. However, they are sometimes intrigued by inappropriate watering habits, which we can quickly solve.

Heart shaped leaves of Lemon Lime Philodendron
Heart-shaped leaves of Lemon Lime Philodendron (Source: Etsy)

However, not everybody understands how to properly care for these species, which is acceptable because we do not realize unless we are informed, right?

Well, here I am to enlighten you with the basics of Lemon Lime Philodendron!

Overview of Philodendron Lemon Lime

Lemon Lime Philodendron is an effortlessly thriving option for homeowners who want to spice up their living spaces.

Philodendrons have cascading leaves in various colors ranging from brilliant yellow to lime. This species is perpetual, which means it will stay fresh and lovely throughout the seasons.

Scientific NamePhilodendron hederaceum Lemon
Common NameTree Philodendron
Family Araceae family
OriginCentral to South America
RegionTropical rainforest species
USDA Zones 9 to 11
Growth HabitGrows throughout the year
Plant TypeClimber
Plant Size12 to 24 inches height
7-10 inches in length
1-2 inches width
FoliageBright lime green with light brown, pink tint
Grown for Decorative purpose
Root GrowthNumerous roots per stems
Toxicity Toxic to pets

Philodendron hederaceum is endemic to America. In the 1970s, Captain William Bligh uncovered the species for the Western Region.

Captain William Bligh is known for the “Mutiny of Bounty,” The plant was allegedly discovered during the trip following the mutiny.

Philodendron Lemon Lime [Complete Care Guide]

It is critical to check for ambient temperatures, soil properties and type, hydration requirements, light specifications, nutrients, etc. when maintaining a healthy and strong Lemon Lime Philodendron plant.

RequirementOptimum Condition
Lighting Requirement Bright, indirect light
Watering Requirement Once a week during summer.
Twice a month or once a month during winter.
Tempreature60-75°F
Humidity40-50% relative humidity
Ideal Soil MixtureWell-Draining Mixture
pH Level 6-8
Fertilizer RequirementsUse Mild fertilizer every month during the growing season
Once every two months during winter
RepottingIn 2 years
PruningPrune when required
Once in 3-6 month is recommended
PropagationBest is Stem Cutting Method
Common PestsMealybugs and Scale insects.
Common DiseasesRoot rot and fungal infections

1. Sunlight and Location

Poor lighting and shaded places are not a problem for Philodendron Lemon Lime plants.

Exposure to intense indirect sunlight, on the other hand, is beneficial to the plant’s luxuriant leaves and expansion.

Remember that the plant cannot endure direct sunlight (very bright or intense) because:

  • It would burn the foliage.
  • The plant’s leaves may become yellow or brown.
  • The plant might also become limp and droopy.

Be Careful! Those beautiful Foliage might be damaged permanently if exposed to Bright and Direct Sunlight continuously

Lemon Lime is lenient in terms of sunlight and grows well even in low light but grows more quickly in brighter light.

The leaves may loosen up and droop if the light remains below optimum intensity.

Tips to Ensure Adequate Sunlight

  • Place the plant in a moderately bright location with plenty of indirect sunlight near a north-facing window or door.
  • Place in a shady area with indirect sunlight, such as a window sill or a shelf near a window.
  • The north-facing window or door is a good option.
  • Do not expose the plant to direct sunlight, as this will burn the leaves.
  • Place the Philodendron near a window where direct sunlight cannot touch the foliage.
  • It is cold sensitive; hence, place it under the appropriate LED grow light for a minimum of 7-10 hours.

Alert! Less light also mean less water.

2. Watering Requirements

Because Lemon Lime Philodendrons are found in tropical forests, they have high water demand.

If the foliage of your Lemon Lime Philodendron is turning brown, soft, wilting, or yellow, you have under-watered the plant.

However, if the leaves turn brown, yellow, or mushy and lose their yellow-green (bright green) color, it is due to over-watering.  

Water your Philodendron more often during the growing season, i.e., once a week during summer, and reduce the frequency to twice or once a month during winter.

Properly watering the plants
Properly watering the plant is necessary (Source: Maxpixel)

Before watering the plant again, stop until the top 50 percent or the uppermost few inches of topsoil is dried. Remove any water accumulated in the saucer beneath the potted plant after hydrating.

To avoid over-watering, give particular attention to the soil’s moisture right before watering your plant. You can use a moisture meter to have precise soil moisture measurements.

And if the leaves appear limp with browning edges, you probably missed a watering schedule. To rehydrate the Lemon Lime Philodendron’s substrate, take the pot to a faucet and wet it thoroughly.

In the case of underwatered Philodendron, deepwater the pot immediately until the topsoil becomes moist and place it in a moderately lit location.

Here are some of the cute cans you might want to look at: 10 Cute Mini Watering Cans for Indoor Plants

3. Medium to Warm Temperature 

Day temperatures somewhere around 60-75°F are ideal for Lemon Lime Philodendron, and for the night, make sure the temperature is above 55°F.

Lemon Lime Philodendron can withstand up to 10 to 15 degrees warmer and 5 to 10 degrees cooler. However, you will not achieve optimal growth.

Going over such protracted degrees is something you want to discourage. The plant prefers medium to warm temperatures. It cannot, however, withstand extreme cold or heat.

Hence, if you live in USDA zones 9 to 11, you can keep Philodendron Lemon Lime outside.

Soil temperature range
Appropriate soil temperature range (Source: University of British Columbia)

Otherwise, it is best to keep it indoors when the weather drops to 55 degrees or below as this will wilt the plant. Finally, when the weather cooperates, take it outdoors during the summertime.

The frigid environment is more detrimental to Lemon Lime than the hotter temperatures.

If the branches of your Lemon Lime Philodendron have not sprung new shoots or leaves and are still around the same size, your Lemon Lime Philodendron is most likely in an atmosphere that is too chilly.

Hence, take more care of your Philodendron Lemon Lime during the frosting cold season, use heating pads and frost blankets during the winter.

You can use mulch as an alternative such as straw or dried grass, to cover the soil beneath the plant. This will act as insulation, preventing the heat from escaping.

The plants’ growth slows down and can get stunned when the heat is not appropriate.

Our Lemon Lime Philodendron is extremely cold-sensitive; hence, avoid cold drafts and heat vents.

Pro Tip: Areas that receive a minimum of 70% indirect sunlight ensure the optimum temperature for Lemon Lime Philodendron.

4. Proper Humidity 

Even though the Philodendron hederaceum is a tropical plant, the ordinary humidity in your home is generally is appropriate for this Philodendron, and it will not suffer any difficulties.

However, the broader the foliage spread of Lemon Lime Philodendron, the greater will be the humidity requirement.

Lemon Lime Philodendron usually enjoys humidity levels between 40% to 60%.

To ensure a good level of moisture, you may use a humidifier. Or, place the plant on a tray with pebbles to ensure that the tray retains moisture without harming the roots.

Occasionally misting your Lemon Lime Philodendron’s leaves in summer will also be beneficial in improving the humidity environment for growth.

Mist your plant with one of the 8 Best Plant Spray Bottles for Watering Plants. Look thoroughly and decide which one is perfect for you and your green companion.

5. Soil Mix: Well-Draining 

The Lemon Lime Philodendron is not fussy about the growing substrate.

It will thrive as long as you provide it with well-draining soil. This type of soil provides for enough hydration and nutrient absorption.

Soil mixed with Organic Material
Soil Mixed With Organic Material (Source: Pexels)

However, allow excess water to drain rapidly so the plant does not develop wet feet.

It also prefers loose and fertile soil. The former permits more air and water to pass through. The latter, on the other hand, boosts growth.

Philodendron Lemon Limes prefer slightly acidic 6.0 to alkaline 8.0 soil, which would be our regular garden soil.

Here’s a quick DIY recipe for your beloved Philodendron Lemon Lime:

  • Mix 2 parts of cocopeat
  • 3 parts of garden soil and
  • 1/2 part of perlite.

There you have it!

Also, if you want a healthy and happy plant, keep the soil loose at all times. Perlite might be their best friend!

Here are some commercial potting mixes you can find online:

6. Mild Fertilization

In the spring and early summer, you can fertilize your Philodendrons with heavily diluted houseplant food.

Using a mild fertilizer during the growing season will aid in the development and performance of your plant. Use fertilizer only once every two months during winter.

Avoid overfertilizing your plant because the chemicals may cause it to burn.

Lemon Lime plants love acidic water-soluble nutrient fertilizers. Just use a basic plant foot, and they are good to go.

Common home fertilizers are effective for this plant, but make sure they are not very cheap, as low-quality nutrients include heavy metals that can quickly degrade its health.

You may have over-fertilized your plant if you observe the soil turning slightly creamy or white.

Re-potting your Philodendron or rinsing the soil are the two alternatives you now have to rescue your plant.

Here’s a good one that is available on the market:

Confused on deciding which is the best fertilizers, here are 10 Best Fertilizers for Indoor Herbs.

7. Growth Habits

It can withstand a broader spectrum of lighting conditions and develops lengthy, graceful tendrils.

The leaves start as electrifying pinkish-yellow buds and evolve into the deep lime shade as they mature. They begin turning neon green as they mature.

A typical mature plant measures roughly 3 meters in length.

Foliage and Stem

The leaves are 7 to 8 inches long on average, while the stem is 1 inch wide and 12 inches long.

This indoor plant may reach a width of 12-24 inches and a height of 10-12 inches. The plant’s leaves will remain unchanged, and it is eternal. 

Alternatively, if it is planted in an outdoor space where it can thrive inevitably, the leaves may become more comprehensive.

A Cascading Philodendron Lemon Lime
A Cascading Philodendron Lemon Lime (Source: Etsy)

The stems of this darling spread in gigantic vines, rapidly spilling down in substantial volumes.

Trust me when I say this, but they develop very quickly with the right growing conditions!

Flowers

Blooms are uncommon on the Lemon-Lime heartleaf Philodendron. As a result, flowering is a rare quality.

However, if and when it blooms, the blossoms are a stunning pearl white.

Tragically, these flowers do not persist long, and they never retain their shape, size, and color.

8. Potting and Repotting 

The Lemon Lime Philodendron plant roots can spread compactly and develop as a solid ‘ball of roots’ under the soil.

Re-pot the plant in a bigger pot by delicately taking out the roots with a gardening spade, after two years of plant extension if your plant is in good shape and health.

Terra Cotta Pots with Drainage Hole
Terra Cotta Pots with Drainage Hole (Source: Unsplash)

It is recommended to keep the soil of the former pot intact to avoid disturbing the roots in the new pot.

Make sure to use all-natural terracotta or clay pot to avoid root diseases. It is best to refrain from plastic pots at all times as they cause excessive water retention and root decay.

It is recommended to use pots that are the one size bigger than the plant. Lemon Limes prefer to stay in small pots!

A full proof guide to repot a Philodendron is presented on: How to Repot a Philodendron?

9. Timely Pruning

If you would like a bush plant than a trailing one, frequent trimmings can make your plant develop a bushier appearance.

It is recommended to prune your Lemon Lime Philendron once in about three to six months depending upon their size and growth rate.

A Hanging Philodendron Lemon Lime
A Hanging Philodendron Lemon Lime (Source: Etsy)

Feel free to trim your Philodendron in case you see any dead, discolored and damaged leaves.

Things to Keep in Mind while Pruning

  • Make sure you use a sterilized pair of scissors to prune the plant to avoid the occurrence of infections. 
  • Do not over prune the leaves. Make sure you leave at least 50% of the leaves intact.
  • Remove all the injured, decay, or dying plant parts.
  • Do not prune your plant in the winter season.

Do you like the bushy look as well, Here is an article on what you need to do: How to Make a Philodendron Bushy?

10. Toxicity of Philodendron Lemon Lime

The concentration of calcium oxalate in the plant cells of Philodendron Lemon Lime makes it poisonous.

Inflammatory swelling and/or vomiting may result from ingestion by both humans and pets around the house.

Hence, better to keep them away from children and pets.

Call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222 or contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435 for pets.

Philodendron Lemon Lime Propagation 

The Lemon Lime Philodendron is easy to propagate.

Reproduction of Lemon Lime Philodendron should only be attempted in the spring or summer when the species is at its most active stage. 

The most successful and common propagation technique for the plant is stem cutting. Air layering and root cutting are some of the other methods with extremely low success rates.

1. Stem Cutting Method

  • Trim the branch with sharp pruning shears to prevent wounding your Lemon Lime Philodendron.
  • You can then place the branch in either freshwater or damp soil.
  • The branch should instantly start to root within a few days.
  • If you cultivated the Lemon Lime Philodendron in freshwater and have developed roots, you can transplant the stem into damp soil.
  • In the next 2-3 months, the Lemon Lime Philodendron stem should generate new foliage.

2. Air Layering Method

You can only use the Air Layering method in the active growing season.

  • Select a stem section from the nourishing mother plant’s stem with a node.
  • Remove extra leaves from the stem and cut the bark.
  • Layer the cut section with peat moss and soil, cover it with plastic and tie the ends in order to boost the humidity.
An example of Propagating plant from Air Layering
An example of Propagating plant from Air Layering (Source: Wikimedia Commons)
  • Once you see the new roots, remove the plastic and carefully cut just below the stem with new roots.
  • Transfer it to a disinfected new pot with the proper potting mix.

And if you are wondering whether you can propagate them using seeds, I am sorry to say that getting hands-on the seeds is very unlikely since they don’t flower that often (or at all, as a matter of fact).

Here are the guide and tips to propagate some specific Philodendron such as Philodendron Selloum Propagation and Pink Princess Philodendron Propagation

Common Problems in Philodendron Lemon Lime

1. Pests Infestation

In an indoor space, the plant is generally pest-resistant.

If the atmosphere is incorrect, the plant may be attacked by common pests, including mealybugs, spider mites, and fungal maggots.

It would be best if you kept a close eye on the plant or at the very least gave it a monthly inspection.

To fight such problems, anti-pest and anti-fungal sprays are commercially available.

I personally recommend using Bonide Insect Control Insecticide.

PestSymptomsTreatment
Mealy bugsWhite fluff often found in flowers, stem joints and leavesUse a cotton swap and rubbing alcohol to physically remove the bug.
Fungus gnatSmall dark coloured flies, often white in colour.Use apple cider vinegar spray or a fungicide to get rid of the bugs permanently.
Spider mitesYellow or brown mottling on the upper side of a leaf.Use dish wash to clean the plant and remove the bugs.

Preventive Measures

  • Spray water to dissipate visible pests like mealybugs, scales, and mites.
  • Wash your Philodendron with warm water and soap solution.
  • Apply Neem oil to effectively kill and prevent pests.
  • Avoid grouping your Lemon Lime with other infected plants.
  • Plant in an open area may attract pets so keep them away from the open garden.
  • Certified potting mix free of aphid infestation can also be used.

To keep your plant safe you will need to identify the infestation and know the basic treatment procedure, How to Identify Insect Eggs on Leaves and Treat Pest Infestation? is here, have a look and develop the green thumb.

2. Disease Infestation

Fungal illness, bacterial infections, and root rot are the most prevalent diseases that affect Lemon Lime Philodendrons.

Excessive hydration is the most critical factor in most illnesses since they will grow and spread if the water on the foliage or substrate does not evaporate rapidly.

A fungus invites a range of plant diseases; mildew, fusarium wilt, rhizoctonia rot, etc.

However, these illnesses are easy to avoid; all you have to do is make sure your Lemon Lime Philodendron has abundant air circulation and stay away from overwatering.

Symptoms of Diseased Philodendron Lemon Lime

  • Your plant stops growing or has a stunted appearance.
  • Drooping leaves, and a brown rotten
  • Drooping leaves, and a brown rotten base is the preliminary sign of possible root rot.
  • Another sign is the Brown and mushy texture on the root
  • Leaves appear yellow, brown, and limp with tiny white spots.

Treatment

  • Start with disposing of the Philodendron Lemon Lime with severe root rot and fungal disease.
  • Remove all the infected plant parts from leaves to the roots.
  • Slight root rot can be remedied with a low-toxic fungicide containing Flutriafol.
  • Try transplanting.
  • Change the potting soil.
  • Do not water the plant for at least one week.

Preventive Measures

  • Maintain abundant air circulation.
  • Stay away from overwatering.
  • Choose a nice potting mix while reporting.
  • Make sure to sterilize the equipment before bringing it closer to your plant.
  • Clean the container before planting to ensure the absence of bacteria and fungus.
  • Stop exposing your Lemon Lime to direct sunlight and cold temperature.
  • Avoid overhead watering to prevent accidentally wetting the leaves.

FAQs about Philodendron Lemon Lime

1. What is the Cause of the Death of my Philodendron Lemon Lime?

The leading cause of your plant’s failure would be if it acquired too much or too little water. Other factors contributing to the plant’s fatality include intense sunshine and overfeeding.

2. Why have my Philodendron Lemon Limes’ Leaves turned Brownish?

Lemon Lime Philodendron excels in dry environments, but the leaflets will become brown if it isn’t watered enough. Avoid the leaves from drying out,  and keep the soil well-hydrated.

3. How do I help my Philodendron Lemon Lime Trail and get Denser?

This easy-to-grow plant produces foliage in hues ranging from brilliant yellow to chartreuse.

The plant is beautiful, and the stem can grow to be 12 inches long. You must trim the plant till it reaches the required height to encourage more trails and denser plants.

Conclusion

The Lemon Lime Philodendron is a lovely tropical plant that blooms in the spring and summer but only on rare occasions.

If you have Philodendron flowers, make sure to take a ton of pictures because it is a once-in-a-lifetime moment!

It is simple to cultivate and maintain because it thrives in moderate settings. This plant is also relatively easy to propagate.

Furthermore, its brilliant colors lend vitality to bland surroundings, making it an ideal species for enhancing indoor aesthetics and being displayed as an ornamental plant.

NO! this article is not about Neon Pothos. They are look alike and most of us can be confused, solve your confusion and get a clearer picture with: Lemon Lime Philodendron vs Neon Pothos (Confusion Solved!)

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