Lemon Lime Philodendron. Philodendron Hederaceum Lemon Lime plant is a bright and beautiful cultivar of the Heartleaf Philodendron. The color of the leaves is an electric pinkish-yellow at a young age.
When the plant grows older, the leaves color becomes a deep lemon. In the end, the color turns to lime green. It is very easy to grow, and the plant is tolerant to lower light conditions but can die when exposed to direct sunlight.
It can spark the indoor living space with the Philodendron Lemon Lime plant.
Lemon Lime Philodendron Profile
The Lemon Lime Philodendron or Philodendron Hederaceum is native to America. According to history, Captain William Bligh found it for the Western Region in the 1700s.
When William Bligh brought the plant samples from the Caribbean to England, the Lemon Lime Philodendron was cultivated and observed in England’s botanical gardens for many years. The cuttings of the Lemon Lime Philodendron plant were then brought back to Florida.
After that, the nurseries in Florida cultivated the Lemon Lime Philodendron plant on a big scale and began selling them in markets. The Philodendron Hederaceum has various appearances in its different life stages.
The unique shape of the leaves makes the Philodendron Hederaceum lemon Lime is commonly called Sweetheart Vine. Hederaceum is widely called a heartleaf plant, so lemon Lime is popularly known as the Lemon Lime heartleaf philodendron.
The Lemon Lime plant is also known as Golden Brazil and Aureum. Another name is Philodendron Cordatum Lemon Lime.
Cordatum is the same as the species Hederaceum. However, this alias name is not being used anymore.
Some of the varieties
Philodendron Bipennifolium, Philodendron Hastatum (Silver Sword), Red leaf Philodendron, Micans (Velvet-leaf Philodendron), Moonlight, Split-leaf Philodendron, White Knight Philodendron Bipinnatifidum, Philodendron Erubescens, Hederaceum, Elephant Ear philodendron, Kiekbridei, Laciniatum, Serpens, Brasil ( P.Cream splash), Rugosum(Pig Skin), Fiddle-Leaf Philodendron, and Philodendron Xanadu.
Philodendron Lemon Lime is an indoor plant. You can add your living space with the attractive, lime green colored, and heart-shaped leaves to spark the area.
Growth and size
The plant is a low maintenance growth habit. The plant is a prolific grower.
The average leaf size is from five to eight inches long. The average width of the leaf is two to three centimeters.
The Philodendron Lemon Lime plant can grow much broader in open spaces. It has a long dangling vine.
How to grow and care for Philodendron Lemon Lime
Philodendron Lemon Lime is a fast-growing plant. To support their growth, you must provide fertilizer every month for optimum growth.
It would be best if you noticed that when you fertilize, the plant’s condition must be actively producing new leaves. Provide the plant with a half-strength solution of all-purpose houseplant food or fertilizer in the spring months and summer months.
Give the plant fertilizer every two months in the fall and winter months. You can also give the plant fertilizer every three to four months.
It would be best if you diluted the fertilizer half of its recommended dose. Do not fertilize the plant with extra quantities in the fall and winter, or the plant may burn.
2. Light requirement
All Philodendron plants can do well in low light conditions. The low light condition is the best condition to achieve their versatility.
Philodendron Lemon Lime can produce more leaves and grow faster when placed in medium or indirect light locations. The leaves will burn when the area has full sunlight, so it is better to avoid direct sunlight areas.
The leaves of the Philodendron Lemon Lime plant can turn brown or yellow if exposed to direct sunlight. It is a sign of the dull burning of the plant.
The Philodendron Lemon Lime plants can withstand and live well in low lights and even shady areas. If under the sun, the Philodendron Lemon Lime plant gets droopy.
3. Soil requirement
Philodendron Lemon Lime grows best in soil that is always moist. However, the plant does not like to have soggy soil.
Water the plant on the top of the soil when it is dry. It would be best if you always remembered that soil in ceramic containers or unglazed clay tends to dry out faster than soil in glazed or plastic containers.
Philodendron Lemon Lime like a fertile and loose potting soil. The soil should drain well to make it moist and high in organic matter.
You can use sphagnum peat moss to grow the Philodendron Lemon Lime.
4. Temperature requirement
Their temperature range can be variable. One thing for sure is that Philodendron Lemon Lime does not like to be in a temperature condition below about 55 degrees Fahrenheit for an extended period.
The Lemon Lime heartleaf Philodendron plant is happy in moderately warm temperatures. Ensure that the area’s temperature is from 16 to 27 degrees Celcius or 60 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
The Philodendron Lemon Lime thrives best in the USDA winter hardiness zones from 9 to 11.
The Philodendron Lemon Lime is happy being in humidity. The best way to do is to maintain the moisture around the plant.
You can use a pebble tray of water to keep the moisture. You can also mist the Philodendron Lemon Lime plant frequently during its growing season, or three times a week.
During the colder temperature or winter, you can mist the plant two times a week. Even so, the Philodendron Lemon Lime plants can tolerate dry conditions.
But it is recommended to mist the plant leaves during hotter temperature or summer months to keep the foliage safe from drying and fresh.
The Philodendron Lemon Lime may be grown in water or soil. Plants that are grown in the soil must be watered well every time half of the soil looks dry.
Do not over-water the plant that can cause yellow leaves. Avoid underwater because it can cause brown leaves. One sign that you must water the Philodendron Lemon Lime is when its leaves appear wilted.
If you water the plant properly, the plant will show a perky appearance.
Philodendron Lemon Lime plant can thrive in jug or bottle with water. Inspect the water because the Philodendron Lemon Lime may drink the water faster.
It would be best if you kept in mind that Philodendron Lemon Lime can die when being transferred to the other medium.
If you are planning to place the Philodendron Lemon Lime in a pot, you should add the pot with well-aerated soil, so the root gets good drainage. Once the plant becomes root bound, usually in two to three years, you need to re-pot the plant.
You can prevent over-watering by using a smaller pot that is porous and has a drainage hole. For using a decorative pot, place a Philodendron Lemon Lime in a terra cotta pot inside the decorative pot.
To keep the moisture, use pebbles in the bottom of the pot. Pinch off the new growth to retain the plant manageable and re-pot the plant every year when the plant outgrows the pot.
How to propagate Philodendron Lemon Lime
Philodendron Lemon Lime plant is easy to propagate from stem cuttings placed in a jug of water. You do not need the rooting hormone to increase the chances of success.
If you see edible roots grow has established in water, pot up the new young plant. The fun thing about Philodendron Lemon Lime is how easy the plants are to propagate.
Pinch off or cut off a branch. Cut at least two nodes are present. Take off the leaves from your cutting if you need to expose other nodes.
You may place the cutting directly into soil or water. It will start to grow fast.
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