The Philodendron hederaceum ‘Moonlight’ is an infrequent and beautiful sight to behold. Native to the tropics of Central and South America, this plant is a stunning climber reaching up to two metres in height, with shimmering foliage of the highest soft-golden hue. Leaves are broad with ridges and sculpted details, making them a real show-stopper in indoor spaces.
Tips for nurturing your Philodendron hederaceum ‘Moonlight’
The natural habitat of the Philodendron hederaceum ‘Moonlight’ is humid, partially shaded and warm. The rainforest canopy provides shelter from direct sunlight. For optimal growth, your Philodendron hederaceum ‘Moonlight’ will thrive in bright, indirect sunlight.
As mentioned above, the plant’s ideal temperature range is from 18°C (64°F) to 30°C (86°F). The plant would be better suited in a warmer room or conservatory if you live in an area with cooler nights.
Soil type and drainage
Your Philodendron hederaceum ‘Moonlight’ requires soil that drains well and is rich in organic matter. Soil should be kept moist but well-draining, so adding peat moss can help maintain the soil’s structure.
Your Philodendron hederaceum ‘Moonlight’ must be kept in relatively humid conditions. To help maintain this, mist the foliage every few days with a water spray and group plants together in baskets or trays to increase humidity.
Your Philodendron hederaceum ‘Moonlight’ should be watered from the base when the top inch of soil feels dry. This is the best way to ensure the roots get adequate water and the soil drains correctly.
The Philodendron hederaceum ‘Moonlight’ is toxic to humans and animals, so it should be kept away from pets and small children.
Your Philodendron hederaceum ‘Moonlight’ will benefit from a light fertiliser, but don’t over-fertilise as this can cause root burn or even kill the plant.
Troubleshooting pests, diseases and common problems
Over-watering, lack of light and cold temperatures can cause the plant to become stressed, leaving it vulnerable to pests, diseases and other common problems. Inspect the plant regularly, and if affected by the disease, use a recommended fungicide. For pests, try using insecticidal soap or horticultural oils.
The Philodendron hederaceum ‘Moonlight’ is relatively easy to propagate. Cuttings with three or four leaves can be taken at any time of year and placed in a larger pot filled with soil. Water regularly, provide bright indirect light, and your plant should be growing in no time!
The Philodendron hederaceum ‘Moonlight’ is beautiful and highly sought-after, so if you’re lucky enough to have one, you’ll be sure to cherish and nurture it to ensure its continued growth. With the right environment and care, this unique and rare climber makes an attractive and eye-catching addition to any home or garden. It is sure to draw admiration for its stunning opportunity.