Philodendron Golden Dragon

Published: Sep 27, 2023 • Updated: Sep 28, 2023

A comprehensive guide to Philodendron Golden Dragon including care instructions, where to purchase, and handpicked resources for further learning.

By: Nalin Singapuri
Philodendron Golden Dragon Variegated in 6" pot

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Philodendron Golden Dragon Variegated in 6" pot

Philodendron Golden Dragon Characteristics

Scientific Name:
   None (undescribed hybrid)

Common Name(s):
   Philodendron Golden Dragon, Philodendron Lime Fiddle, Golden Dragon

Native Environment:
    Rainforests / Hybrid

   Variegated (unstable)



Philodendron Golden Dragon Care

The Philodendron Golden Dragon is a popular houseplant known for its uniquely shaped oversized leaves which sport vibrant greens and speckled variegation. In our ultimate guide we cover where to purchase, lime fiddle characteristics and care, propagation, and resources for further learning.

Philodendron Golden Dragon Variegated in 6
Philodendron Golden Dragon Variegated in 6" pot


Philodendron Golden Dragon plants prefer bright, indirect light. Avoid placing her in direct sunlight, as this can burn her leaves. Philodendron Lime Fiddles can also tolerate medium light conditions, but will not grow as well.


Use a finger to probe the top inch of soil and water your Golden Dragon when she feels dry to the touch. Soak throughly, let water run through drainage holes in the pot. Do not overwater, as this can lead to root rot. Ensure proper drainage and prevent water from pooling in the pot. Make sure to use a planter with drainage holes, which can be nested inside of a decorative planter if desired.

a good soil mix for Philodendron Golden Dragon
rich well-draining soil is great for the Philodendron Lime Fiddles roots


Golden Dragons love a rich, well draining soil with chunky bits to help oxygenate the roots. A mixture of 1/3 orchid bark, 1/3 perlite and 1/3 compost works well. Our Philodendron Friday Potting Mix is suitable for most aroids and augments these ratios with additional ingredients like charcoal and worm castings to help supply added nutrients.


Fertilize your Philodendron Golden Dragon plant once a month during the growing season (spring and summer) with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer.


Philodendron Lime Fiddles prefer moderately high humidity (around 60% in their native habitat). To increase humidity, you can place a humidifier nearby, group the plant with other plants or utilize an greenhouse cabinet or other high humidity space.


Repot your Golden Dragon plant every 1-2 years, or when it becomes root-bound. Transfer to a pot with drainage holes thats an inch or two larger. Consider adding a sphagnum moss pole when repotting to help support larger plants (check out our sphagnum moss pole howto for details)

Philodendron Golden Dragon leaves gain dog ears and serrations as they mature
Philodendron Golden Dragon leaves gain dog ears and serrations as they mature


Philodendron Golden Dragons propagate via node cuttings. Select an area with a few nodes and remove it from the mother with clean scissors. Trim excess leaves and root in water or sphagnum moss. Our guide to philodendron propagation details the process.


Trim any yellow or brown leaves off your Philodendron Lime Fiddle as they appear. You can prune the plant to control its size and shape. You can also trim your Golden Dragon to encourage balanced variegation. If you get 2-3 completely variegated or completely green leaves in a row trim back to the last partially variegated leaf for more balance. Fully variegated leaves are a drain on the plants resources, while fully green leaves have likely reverted.


Philodendron Golden Dragon can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 10 to 11.

By following these care tips, your Philodendron Lime Fiddle plant should thrive and continue to add beauty to your space.

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Nalin Singapuri

Self appointed Mayor of Plantytown, the ultimate "Plant Whisperer" and the proud overlord of a jungle disguised as a nursery. With a green thumb so legendary, even the plants line up for selfies with him. 🌿📸

When he's not talking chlorophyll with his leafy friends, or writing engrossing articles about Philodendron Golden Dragons you'll find him nurturing his nursery like it's his own personal garden of Eden.