Philodendron Golden Goddess Plant
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Philodendron Golden Goddess is the perfect plant to add to your home garden if you want to add some vibrant colors to your home.

Philodendron Golden Goddess PlantIt has bright yellow-green foliage making it look quite different yet stunning. Read all about the Golden Goddess plant care from our comprehensive care guide.

What Is Philodendron Golden Goddess?

Philodendron Golden Goddess is a tropical, epiphytic plant belonging to the Araceae family and is native to the tropical areas of Asia. When the plant is young, it makes for a beautiful tabletop plant. Its common names include Malay Gold and Lemon Lime Philodendron. 

Philodendron Golden Goddess Care

Philodendron Golden Goddess is an easy-care plant with growth requirements that can be taken care of by anyone. Let us take a look at all its care requirements.

– Water Requirements

Water your Philodendron every week in the spring and summer months and reduce the frequency to twice a month in winters. This frequency is not fixed and will change according to other weather-related factors in your area. 

Make sure that the soil is evenly moist at most times but not soggy as water-logged soil can cause root rot and might even kill your plant. Let the top one to two inches of the soil dry out in between waterings to prevent rot and fungus growth. 

Always choose a pot with good drainage and ensure that each time you water the plant, excess of it drains out from the bottom. The plant can handle slight underwatering but struggles a lot with overwatering. 

– Light Requirements

To keep your plant’s bright green-yellow foliage, you must provide it with the right lighting. It needs bright but indirect light to grow well. Any north or east-facing window works well where it can receive lots of bright light during the day. 

Since this plant is prone to leaf burns, avoid placing it in direct sunlight, especially in the afternoon. Morning and evening sunlight is fine but if your area receives scorching sunlight, keep the plant in a shaded spot. 

Avoid keeping the plant in very low-light conditions as it makes the plant stems long, leggy, and stretched out. The plant stretched out in search of sunlight and cannot focus its energy on producing more foliage. Low light also increases the chances of the plant getting rot due to overwatering.

Remember that the variegation of the leaves depends on the conditions that you provide to your plant. This means that under the right lighting, you will notice the leaves develop yellowish variegation. Each golden yellow leaf can get eight inches long and four inches wide if the proper lighting is given to it. 

– Soil Requirements

Golden Goddess Philodendron soil should be rich and moist but at the same time should be airy, chunky, and well-draining. To prepare your soil by starting to mix equal parts of standard potting soil, orchid bark chips, and perlite. Perlite and bark chips increase the drainage without reducing the soil’s moisture retention ability.

Make sure you add lots of organic compost or worm castings to make the soil mix rich in organic matter. Furthermore, you can also add some bone meal occasionally to the soil as it acts as a natural fertilizer.

While growing the plant, ensure that the pot you have chosen has enough drainage holes. Try to grow your plants in clay pots instead of plastic ones for the best growth. Mud containers help absorb the excess moisture from the soil, thereby helping with the problem of overwatering. 

– Temperature Requirements

The Golden Goddess grows well in warm weather conditions. For best growth results, maintain the temperature levels between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. It is a warm-grower and cannot tolerate cold temperatures for extended periods. 

If you are growing your Philodendron outdoors, bring it indoors if the temperature falls below 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Cold temperatures can make the plant leaves droopy and kill them. Extreme temperatures do not work well for the growth of this tropical plant. 

– Humidity Requirements

Basic household humidity works well for this plant’s growth but increasing it to higher levels can make its leaves greener and larger. Try to keep the humidity above 50 to 55 percent for best growth results. The higher the humidity, the larger the leaves will be.

If the air in your home is too dry, increase the humidity levels by keeping a humidifier or a humidity tray around the plant. You can also keep the plant in the bathroom or any humid place to keep it happy. 

Make sure that with high humidity levels, there is good air circulation around the plant. Lack of air movement can cause rot and fungal infections which if ignored for long periods, can cause severe damage to the plant. 

– Fertilizer Requirements

Feed the Philodendron monthly during the active growing period of spring and summer. Use a liquid, well-balanced fertilizer to feed the plant during watering. Avoid using heavy and urea-rich fertilizers as they can cause salt build-up in the soil further leading to root burn, instead use mild fertilizers.

Do not fertilize your plant in winters as it goes dormant and does not show much new growth. Feeding the plant in winters can cause the roots to burn due to excessive salts in the soil. Occasionally, wash off the plant to flush out the salts from the soil. 

– Pruning

The Golden Goddess is a climbing plant but if you want to keep it compact, prune it regularly to control its size and appearance if it gets unruly and covers a lot of space. Always use clean cutting tools for pruning to avoid any infections and diseases spread in the plant. 

The best time for pruning, repotting and propagation is from early spring to summer when the plant is growing actively. You can use the pruned stem cuttings for propagation. 

 

Propagating Philodendron Golden Goddess

The variegated Golden Goddess Philodendron can be propagated using stem cuttings and root division. Let us take a look at both methods. 

– Stem Cutting Propagation

Make sure that the cutting has three to four nodes for proper root development. Remove the leaves from the bottom leaving only the top one or two leaves. For propagating the cutting in water, dip the nodes in water making sure the leaves are above the water. Change the water every three to four days to prevent rot. 

For soil propagation, insert the cutting in the soil mix and keep it in a bright, shaded spot until the cuttings start to grow roots. It will take a few weeks for the cuttings to grow proper roots. Make sure you keep the soil moist at all times for root growth.

Keep the planted cutting moist and in a shaded spot until it fully adjusts to its new soil conditions. Once it has settled well, you can reduce the watering frequency and shift it to a bright spot. 

– Root Division Propagation

While repotting the plant, divide the roots and separate the smaller plants from the main plant. You can plant these baby plants in separate pots. Let the soil remain moist most of the time and protect them from direct sunlight.

Once the baby plants have settled in the new soil conditions, you can shift them to bright, warm spots and reduce the watering frequency too. Root division is a fast way to get new plants in comparison to the stem cutting method as the roots are already developed. 

Problems 

Although the Golden Goddess is a problem-free plant, it can sometimes face issues. Some common problems such as pests and diseases faced by the plant are explained below. 

– Brown Leaf Edges

If the leaves have started to turn brown with crisping around the edges, it is because your plant is not getting sufficient moisture and humidity. To prevent the problem, water your plant more frequently and increase the humidity levels by keeping a humidifier around it. 

This problem is more common in drier regions where hot temperatures combined with low humidity levels cause the browning of the foliage. Move your plant to bathrooms for a healthier plant. 

Do not let the soil become completely dry in between waterings as dry soil can be as problematic as overly wet and water-logged soil. Follow the finger-knuckle test or use chopsticks each time before watering to determine whether the plant needs to be watered. 

– Yellow and Droopy Leaves

Yellowing and dropping in the foliage could be a sign of underwatering or overwatering. Watch your watering schedule and make changes accordingly to control the problem. If it is a case of underwatering, give the plant a good soak, and then you will notice the leaves back up in some time.

If you suspect rot due to overwatering, replace the soil mix and prune the damaged leaves. If the plant seems difficult to save, prune its stems and propagate them. 

– Leggy and Stretched Out Plant

This Philodendron is a climbing plant and it grows upwards with support in search of bright light. If it does not get enough light, it starts to get leggy and stretched out in search of light to produce food. 

You cannot reverse the plant to fuller and bushier foliage but you can prune the leggy stems to encourage denser growth in the future. Use the pruned cuttings for propagation. Try to provide the appropriate growth conditions to prevent this problem. 

– Erwinia Blight

Erwinia blight is a common disease in most Philodendrons and can kill the plant. If you notice water-soaked, yellow, and tan lesions on the stems and leaves, it could be due to blight. 

Use bactericides that contain copper to control the spread of this disease. Erwinia is often the result of differences in temperatures and using too much nitrogen-rich fertilizer. Improve the air circulation around the plant if the humidity levels are too high. 

– Spider Mites

Mites thrive in hot and dry weather conditions and can be often found hidden in the crevices and curves under the leaves and stems. They cause yellowing in the leaves and if ignored for a long period, it may even kill the plant. 

Spray the foliage with water if they are dirty and dusty. Keep the humidity levels high to control their growth. Use neem oil and insecticidal soap solutions for more serious infestations. 

– Aphids

Aphids feed on the tender parts of the plant and suck plant juices. They affect the younger parts of the plant more than the mature ones leading to droopiness, curling, and stunted growth in the leaves. 

Give the plant a good soak to wash the dirt off the leaves and prevent clogging of pores. Try using horticultural oils and soap spray solutions to deal with these unwanted pests. They are quite common and not too difficult to get rid of. 

– Fungus Gnats

Introduce beneficial predatory insects in your gardens such as ladybugs and lacewings. They feed on pests like aphids and fungus gnats, preventing their spread. Gnats look gray-black and can be seen with naked eyes.

Use yellow sticky traps to capture the gnats as they are attracted to the yellow color. Keep the soil dry and not overly moist to control their spread. Wet soil attracts them and makes for a breeding hub.  

– Mealybugs

Mealybugs thrive in wet and humid weather conditions where there is not enough air movement. These are sap-sucking, soft-scale insects targeting the tender stems and leaves. 

Use alcohol-dipped cotton swabs for minor infestations and regularly apply neem oil to the infected portions to control the spread. Switch to insecticidal soap solutions in case of severe infestations. 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

– Is the Golden Goddess Philodendron Rare?

This Philodendron is a rare hybrid plant created in Thailand. It is one of the few uncommon Philodendron varieties. However, it is not so uncommon that you would not find it at all. It is easily available in most online plant stores. 

– Does the Philodendron Golden Goddess Bloom?

It blooms in the summer months when grown outdoors, although this plant rarely produces flowers indoors. It takes a few years for the plant to be able to produce flowers. It is for the gorgeous leaves that the plant is an attraction among houseplant enthusiasts. 

– What Is the Difference Between the Golden Goddess Philodendron and the Philodendron Thai Sunrise?

While the Thai Sunrise plant has long and heart-shaped leaves, Golden Goddess has shorter leaves in comparison. 

– Is the Golden Goddess Philodendron Toxic?

Like most other Philodendrons, this plant can be poisonous if ingested. Keep it at an arm’s length from children and pets. It can cause mild to severe irritation in the throat and stomach upon ingestion. 

– How Big Does the Philodendron Golden Goddess Grow?

The ‘Golden Goddess’ Philodendron can grow up to six feet tall under the right growing conditions, it is a fast-growing plant. To keep the Golden Goddess Philodendron climbing, provide it the support of moss poles or trellis.

You can also keep it compact by pruning the branches regularly. Philodendron Golden Goddess vs Lemon Lime – Both the names are sometimes used interchangeably for the same plant. 

– How Do You Repot a Golden Goddess Philodendron? 

Remove the plant from the smaller pot without disturbing the root ball. Be gentle while handling the roots as they are sensitive. Cut off the dead ones and place the plant in the new soil mix, firming the soil around the roots.

Keep the newly repotted plant in a partially shaded area away from direct sunlight. Keep its soil evenly moist most of the time to help the plant adjust to the new surroundings and recover from transplant shock. 

Remember that Repotting is only needed only when the roots have outgrown the existing pot and start to come out from the bottom drainage holes. To prevent stunted growth, repotting is essential.

Conclusion 

Let us take a look at some of the most important points you need to keep in mind before growing it. 

  • The Golden Goddess makes for a great plant for both indoor and outdoor spaces as it needs bright indirect light to grow well. 
  • For glossier and shinier leaves, grow your plant in bright, indirect light under warm and humid weather conditions.
  • Avoid overwatering your plant at all costs as it can cause major problems such as root rot and fungal diseases. 
  • Prepare a lightweight, chunky and well-draining soil mix to grow your plant. Add lots of perlite and sand to make it chunky.
  • It can face problems such as yellowing, browning, stunted growth, and pest infestations which can be dealt with if spotted early.

If you found our care tips on the gorgeous Golden Goddess Philodendron plants helpful, make sure you introduce one of these hybrid beauties to yourself!