The Golden Goddess Philodendron plant is a beautiful neon green color. This plant loves to climb and grows in a vining pattern.
The Golden Goddess is native to Central South America. It does great growing outdoors in warm tropical climates.
The Philodendron golden goddess is a great climber! It does great when trained onto a moss pole. Some people also let it trail in a hanging basket. If you prune this plant, you can keep it smaller with more of a bush like structure.
The Philodendron plants are part of the Aroid family. These plants enjoy a light and airy soil mixture to grow in. My favorite Aroid mix is 60% potting mix, 20% orchid bark, and 20% perlite. Always use a pot with a drainage hole to avoid root rot.
This plant will grow quickly when kept in the right lighting conditions. Bright or medium indirect light will give you the best growth and color from your plant. Low light can result in slow growth, small leaves, and poor plant health.
Sometimes this plant will have “sport variegation” and give you beautiful dark green streaks or patches on the leaves.
Pests can be common with this plant. Mine came home from the nursery with spider mites. The pests love to munch on those big beautiful leaves. Always check the underside of the leaves for signs of pests and damage. If you do find pests, a neem oil spray is effective at removing most pests.
You can purchase this plant from local nurseries or greenhouses. Sometimes it can be difficult to locate in stores. Buying online is a convenient option for obtaining hard to find plants. I usually purchase from the small plant shops on Etsy.
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We have put together a simple and printable care guide with all of the care needs for this plant.
- This aroid requires a light soil.
- A mix of potting soil, perlite and orchid bark will keep the roots happiest.
- Here is our mix.
- Two parts potting soil to two parts perlite to one part orchid bark.
- A heavy soil potting mix is not recommended for aroids.
Pot Size and Type:
- The Philodendron Golden Goddess grows relatively quickly
- If you want to encourage faster growth choose a pot about 2 inches wider in diameter than the current pot.
- Any well drained pot can be used. It MUST have drainage.
- Repot every second year or when roots come out the drainage holes on the pot bottom To the next pot size up.
- Don't jump to a huge pot from a small one unless you wish to encourage faster growth. Just go to the next size up pot.
- This Philodendron enjoys bright indirect or dappled light.
It will tolerate lower indirect light if it has some brighter moments in the day.
- Some filtered sunlight from a window will be appreciated.
- Shield this aroid from strong direct light in summer south and west sunny windows. The leaves will burn.
- Tip: Window sheers or blinds can offset some brief periods of high direct light.
- Water your plant when the soil is dry. Aroids do not like to be overly wet. Try a watering schedule of every other week.
- Watering is best done on a regular schedule so the plant is not over or under watered. Both can cause stress on the plant.
- This tropical plant enjoys humidity. In dry climates this Philodendron will thrive with a humidifier nearby. OR use a pebble tray under the pot filled half way with water.
- In dormant winter months reduce watering to when the soil is dry.
- Never let this plant get wet feet. Water when the top 2 inches of soil are dry. If the soil is compacted the bottom of the soil can remain wet which encourages root rot. Heavy wet soils attract Fungus Gnats.
How to Fertilize:
- Apply a good quality fertilizer (linked in materials) monthly through Spring and summer.
- Decrease feedings by late Fall and allow the philodendron to rest through the winter months.
- Keep the plant at a low of 65 Degrees F. to upward of 85 Degrees F. It enjoys warmth and humidity.
1. The Golden Goddess tends to grow in a leggy pattern.
2. To maintain a bushier shape, you will need to pinch back the leggy growth.
3. Pinch close to a node, whatever is left of the stem will die off.
4. Periodically prune this plant by pinching back the leggy growth.
- This plant is not fussy and resists pests. However all plants can get attacked by pests.
- Stress by longterm overwatering, poor light, extreme temperatures and soil conditions are contributors to plant stress..
- Spider mites, mealy bugs, scale, thrips and whitefly are the most common houseplant pests you will see.
- Read our post on How to get rid of aphids and other pests with our homemade pesticide soap recipe or neems oil.
- To minimize the possibility of pests be sure to check all nursery plants before bringing them home.
- Quarantine all new plants until you are sure no pests live in them.
How to Propagate:
- Propagation is easily done through leaf node stem cuttings.
- You need a 3 to 6 inch leaf stem with a couple of nodes and healthy growth.
- This more easily seen on vines but the golden goddess has nodes at the leaf base too.
- Cut a long stem from the mother plant as close to the base of the plant as possible.
- Place the node into a jar with water. Use tap water that has settled 24 hours in the jar to dissipate chemicals harmful to the philodendron
- Set the jar in a well lit area.
- After several weeks roots will grow. Allow the roots to get an inch or more in length.
- Plant gently and firmly into pot with proper soil mix.
- Make sure to keep the soil moist until the roots begin to set into the soil.
This plant is considered toxic and should be kept out of reach of small children and pets.
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