Philodendron Lime Fiddle (Golden Dragon): Growth and Care Guide

The Philodendron Lime Fiddle is a tropical plant with lovely large leaves and is a climbing variety of Philodendron. These plants have several nicknames, including the Golden Dragon Philodendron. With large, mask-shaped, mottled foliage, the Philodendron Lime Fiddle looks great in any home or office. This variety of Philodendron is relatively rare and is fast-growing when adequately cared for.

Philodendron Lime Fiddle plants are herbaceous evergreens that can be grown indoors or outside. They are easy to care for but do have some specific care needs. These plants will thrive outdoors in USDA zones 11 to 13, growing and caring for them is relatively easy.

What is a Philodendron Lime Fiddle

Philodendron Lime Fiddle

Philodendron Lime Fiddle plants are a hybrid variety that was developed in Thailand. It’s thought that the species was grown using a Philodendron Bipennifolium Schott. This plant is part of the Araceae family, of which there are many varieties. It has striking foliage, which is a light to a darker green, and has lobes. The leaves look almost mask-like. In some plants, variegations appear in cream or gold.

The Philodendron Lime Fiddle is one of the fastest-growing Philodendrons available. It can grow to a height of up to six feet and, without pruning, will spread up to 2 or 3 feet. The name Philodendron comes from two Latin words, Philo means love or loving, and dendron means tree. So, this plants name literally translates as tree love.

It is a toxic plant that can affect humans, pets, and livestock. It contains a substance called calcium oxalate that causes nasty symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhea if ingested. Keep this plant out of the reach of young children and pets. If you’re growing a Philodendron Lime Fiddle outdoors, ensure that it’s out of reach of livestock as it can also affect cattle and sheep.

Lime Fiddle is one of the more expensive plants that you can buy.

Caring for the Philodendron Lime Fiddle

Philodendron Lime Fiddle Care

The Philodendron Lime Fiddle is relatively easy to care for, but it has specific care requirements. This plant has the same care needs as other varieties in the Araceae family. Here are some tips for growing this amazing plant:

Water Moderately

The Golden Dragon Philodendron should be watered regularly. It is fairly drought resistant and can cope with underwatering for a while. However, it would help if you were careful not to overwater your plant as this could cause root rot. Before watering, it’s a good idea to test the soil and water when it’s about halfway dry. You can then water your plant thoroughly.

Sunlight and Humidity

Philodendron Lime Fiddle grows best in medium indirect light. They can be placed in the gentle sun for a few hours daily. Be careful not to expose your plant to direct sunlight as the UV rays can burn its leaves. These plants thrive in areas of higher humidity of over 75%. They can tolerate slightly lower humidity but require regular misting.


Philodendrons are fairly pest-resistant. New growth should be treated using neem oil as the plants are prone to thrips.


Philodendron Lime Fiddle (Golden Dragon) makes great houseplants as they look great and are easy to care for. If you get the watering and sunlight requirements right, the plant will thrive. Just beware that the plant can be poisonous to animals and children.  For this reason, we recommend caution when purchasing it.

There are many great types of Philodendron.  Of all of them, the Lime Fiddle is similar to the lemon-lime philodendron, but it is darker.