Belle's Green House
New Philodendron hybrids come out every year. But with Philodendron ‘Moonlight’ there is something special.
This evergreen, clumping cultivar goes by the common name lime Philodendron. Why? Its leaves, and new growth sport a bright yellow-green chartreuse color. This color barely fades over time. Most Philodendrons are labeled as climbers or creepers. But, Philodendron ‘Moonlight’ tends to have a shrublike, dense growth.
Light: Bright partial shade or indirect light will ensure a happy moonlight Philodendron.As house plants, the moonlight plant tolerates low-light conditions. But, it may become leggy and not achieve its full height or vibrant color. Philodendron moonlight needs bright light for good leaf coloration. Never leave the plant in direct sunlight. This type of philodendron will easily sunburn. Moonlight Philodendron will grow well outdoors in USDA hardiness zones 10 to 11. Keep Philodendron Moonlight at daytime temperatures of 65° to 78° degrees Fahrenheit. Avoid temperature drops below 60° degrees Fahrenheit at night. Being a tropical plant, it prefers a humidity of 50% percent or higher. But, moonlight will tolerate normal household humidity levels.
Watering: As with all philodendrons, moonlight requires a moderate amount of water. Once the soil has become dry to about 1” inch deep, it’s time to water. Allowing the plant to sit in water leads to leaf drop and the risk of rot. Any good all-purpose balanced liquid fertilizer will work well with moonlight.