Philodendron Moonlight

A Beginner's Guide to Philodendron Moonlight Plant Care | All you Need to Grow

Family: Araceae  
Common Name: Moonlight Philodendron, Lime Philodendron, Moonlight Heartleaf Philodendron
Botanical Name: Philodendron hybrid

This bright and colorful Moonlight Philodendron is as dreamy an indoor plant as its name suggests, with new lemon-yellow leaves that turn into bright light green foliage over time. It makes a fun and cheerful gift that has a habit of lighting up any room! This beaming houseplant does best in bright indirect light, and its soil should be allowed to dry slightly between each watering. 

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Philodendron Moonlight prefers bright indirect sunlight but can live in lower light conditions. When this plant receives less than 5 hours of indirect sunlight each day, its new leaves will emerge smaller, its vines will become leggy, and vibrant colors and variegation may fade! If your home doesn't have bright indirect sunlight, you can use artificial light as a supplement. We recommend LED grow lights turned on for 8-10 hours daily! Read more about indoor plant lighting needs!


Your Philodendron Moonlight soil should be watered thoroughly after the soil is completely dry. It indicates that it needs water when the leaves start wilting. Water more often in the growing season and reduce the frequency during winter. It is best to refrain from watering if you cannot decide whether to add more. Water your plant slowly, with room temperature water, and constantly drain any excess water from the pot.


Philodendron Moonlight (and all philodendrons in general) love loose, nutrient-rich potting soil. Use a soil medium that can retain moisture but allows for draining excess water to avoid root rot. Most pre-mixed soils will suffice. Ensure plenty of organic matter, like coco-coir, peat moss, or shredded leaves, and prevent soil containing moisture-retaining crystals. If your soil drains too quickly, we recommend repotting it into a compost-rich soil mixture with fewer drainage materials.


Most household temperature ranges (65-80°F) are adequate for your Philodendron Moonlight during the daytime. This plant can tolerate cooler temperatures at night, down to around 60 degrees, however, don't allow this plant in temperatures below 60 degrees. It can stunt your plant's growth, and prolonged exposure to cold temperatures can be fatal for this tropical indoor plant.


Like most tropical indoor plants, Philodendron Moonlight will benefit from higher humidity but do fine in average household air. Higher humidity (over 50%) is always better for tropical houseplants like this one. To increase humidity for your plant, you can mist the leaves, use a humidifier, provide a tray filled with water and pebbles near the plant, or group plants together! Also, you must avoid low humidity. 


A Philodendron Moonlight plant will benefit significantly from regular fertilizing because it is a fast-growing houseplant! Use a weak solution (diluted to ¼ the recommended strength) of a complete liquid fertilizer every four to six weeks throughout the growing season. Do not fertilize during the winter months. Sometimes this indoor plant will grow all year long. If this is the case, fertilize it during apparent foliage growth with a ¼-strength diluted liquid fertilizer, or top dress the soil with worm castings or rich compost. Learn more about how to fertilize your indoor plants.

Growth Rate

Philodendron Moonlight plants can reach a mature height of around 2 to 3 feet (60 to 90 cm) or more. It is dependent on the specific conditions and care provided to your plant. This plant's growth rate is faster, especially when given the correct amount of light, warmth, and overall care!

Pet Friend or Foe

A Philodendron Moonlight plant is considered toxic to pets! Foe!

Pro Tips

  1. Repot your Philodendron Moonlight every few years when you see that the roots are becoming cramped.
  2. You should rotate your plant occasionally to ensure even growth on all sides!
  3. Don’t allow this plant in the direct sunlight, as it can burn its leaves.
  4. Place your plant near a window that faces north or east that gets filtered sunlight!

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