How to Grow and Care for Golden Goddess Philodendron

Its golden foliage is sure to brighten up your space.

Golden goddess philodendron (Malay gold or lemon-lime philodendron) on a coffee table with a fireplace in the background.

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Looking to add a splash of color to your space? The golden goddess philodendron is a great choice. Displaying bright yellow-green foliage, this climbing philodendron is native to Thailand and is also commonly known as Malay gold or lemon-lime philodendron. It looks great displayed on a tabletop or desk when it's small and can be moved to a floor planter as it matures.

Common Name Golden goddess philodendron, Malay gold, lemon-lime philodendron 
Botanical Name Philodendron 'golden goddess' 
Family  Araceae 
Plant Type  Vine 
Mature Size  6 ft. tall indoors 
Sun Exposure  Partial 
Soil Type  Loamy, moist but well-draining 
Soil pH  Acidic 
Bloom Time  Summer 
Flower Color  Green, white 
Hardiness Zones  9,10 USA
Native Area  Asia
Close up shot of the leaves of a golden goddess philodendron (also known as Malay gold or lemon-lime philodendron)

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Close up of golden goddess philodendron leaf.

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Golden Goddess Philodendron Care

Not only is the golden goddess philodendron stunning, but it is easy to grow and care for. This tropical epiphyte is a low-maintenance houseplant that does well growing both indoors and outdoors. It is known to be a fast grower that does best with a moss pole or trellis as it matures, where it can grow up to six feet tall. While the golden goddess can flower under the right conditions, it is rare for it to flower when grown indoors. 

Light

In order to keep its golden-yellow foliage bright and vibrant, the golden goddess philodendron requires bright, indirect light. An east or west-facing window is perfect for these climbing plants. Avoid locations that receive direct afternoon sun as the leaves are susceptible to scorching. 

Soil

As an epiphyte, the golden goddess philodendron requires a potting medium that is airy, rich, and moist but also well-draining. A combination of equal parts indoor potting soil, perlite, and orchid bark is ideal. You can also add some worm castings or bone meal to the soil mixture since both act as natural fertilizers. 

Water

Keep the soil evenly moist but not soaked during the spring and summer months. The amount you will need to water to achieve this will vary depending on the temperature, humidity, and light available to the plant—but as a general rule, wait for the top 1 to 2 inches of soil to dry out completely and then water thoroughly. Excess water should drain from the pot’s drainage holes after each watering. The golden goddess philodendron can handle being slightly underwatered if you happen to forget a watering but struggles with overwatering and root rot, so ensure that you are never allowing the plant to sit in soaking wet soil.

Temperature and Humidity

The golden goddess philodendron prefers warm, humid conditions and does well in typical household environments. Keep temperatures between 65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit (18 to 24 degrees Celsius) and provide your plant with extra humidity if your home is dry. The best way to increase humidity for your plants is to place a humidifier nearby or to choose a naturally humid room to display them—such as a bathroom, laundry room, or kitchen. 

Fertilizer

During the active growing season (i.e. the spring and summer months) the golden goddess philodendron benefits from monthly fertilization. Use a balanced liquid fertilizer and apply it during watering. 

Pruning

Since the golden goddess philodendron is a fast-growing climbing plant, it is likely that you will need to prune it at some point in order to control its height and clean up its appearance. Use a pair of clean, sharp pruning shears or scissors to make any cuts along the stem. It is best to prune in the spring or summer when the plant is in its active growing period. Any stem cuttings that you gather during pruning can be used to propagate the plant and create new plants to share with friends or family.

Propagating Golden Goddess Philodendron

This philodendron can be easily propagated using stem cuttings. Propagating is a great way to grow new plants, and taking stem cuttings encourages your original plant to grow fuller. To propagate your golden goddess by stem cuttings, follow these simple steps:

  1. Take stem cuttings from your plant using a pair of sharp pruning shears or scissors. Each cutting should have at least 3 to 4 nodes along the stem.
  2. Remove the bottom 1 to 2 leaves from the stem of each cutting, leaving at least one leaf at the top of the cutting.
  3. Submerge the bottom of each cutting in water so that the exposed nodes are beneath the surface and the leaves are above the water.
  4. Place the cutting in a location that receives medium to bright indirect light. Roots should begin to develop within a couple of weeks. 
  5. Replace the water once a week to keep it fresh. Once the roots are at least 1 to 2 inches long, the cutting can be transplanted to soil. 
  6. Prepare a potting container with a well-draining soil mixture and pre-moisten the soil. Remove the cutting from the water and plant it in the container. Water the plant thoroughly. 
  7. Place the pot back in a location with medium to bright indirect light. Keep the soil consistently moist for the first 1 to 2 weeks to help the new roots acclimate.

Common Pests

Spider mites, scale, fungus gnats, and mealybugs can all plague the golden goddess philodendron. The best way to prevent pests on this plant is to regularly check the stems and leaves for signs of an infestation. Small cobwebs, clear sticky residue on the leaves and stem, and small white spots in the crevices of the stems are all signs that one or more of these pests may be living on your plant. Treat any infested plants by spraying the foliage with rubbing alcohol or an insecticide depending on which pests you are dealing with.

Common Problems With Golden Goddess Philodendron

This philodendron is easy to grow indoors under the proper conditions and usually has few problems. Where growers can run into issues is if they are not providing the plant with enough light or water. 

Brown Edges

Leaves with brown, crispy edges are an indication that your plant is not getting enough moisture. Usually, it requires more frequent watering and increased humidity to prevent further browning. Try moving your plant to a more humid location and providing it with a good watering.

Drooping Leaves

If you notice that the leaves of your golden goddess philodendron are drooping, it usually means that the plant needs to be watered. After a good watering, the leaves should perk back up within a few hours. However, if they don’t, this can be an indication that the roots of the plant may be dried up—meaning it can’t absorb the water to hydrate the plant. If this is the case, you will need to propagate the stems of the plant to encourage new roots to grow.

Leggy Growth

Since the golden goddess philodendron is a climbing plant, it can start to look leggy over time if it is not receiving enough light. When a plant is leggy, its leaves are spaced far apart along the stem and the plant can look like it is reaching towards the nearest light source. Unfortunately, once the plant has started to look leggy, there is no way to reverse that type of growth. However, you should move your plant to a brighter location to prevent future growth. If you are unhappy with the way your plant looks, you can prune back the leggy growth and use the cuttings to propagate new plants.

FAQ
  • Is the golden goddess philodendron rare?

    The golden goddess philodendron is among some of the more uncommon varieties of philodendron available, however, it usually isn’t too hard to find at garden centers and nurseries. If all else fails, online plant retailers normally sell it.

  • How big does the golden goddess philodendron get?

    When grown indoors, the golden goddess philodendron normally tops out at around six feet tall. However, this can only be accomplished when the plant is provided with a support to grow up such as a moss pole or trellis.

  • Is the golden goddess philodendron the same as the lemon-lime philodendron?

    Golden goddess philodendron and lemon-lime philodendron are two names for the same plant, which is also sometimes referred to as Malay gold.