Plant Care Philodendron Melanochrysum

Philodendron Melanochrysum

About Philodendron Melanochrysum

Philodendrons grow aerial roots that grip the bark of trees, allowing them to grow over 20 feet tall! Their leaves change shape as they climb and can grow larger than a dinner plate. Fossils show Philodendrons growing as far back as 30 million years ago when South America was still connected to Antarctica! ❄️

Taxonomy

Philodendron melanochrysum
Philodendron
Araceae
Alismatales

Also known as

Black Gold Philodendron, Black Gold Philodendron, philo melano, p. melano, P. melanochrysum, Philodendron Melano and melanochrysum

How to care for Philodendron Melanochrysum

💦 Water

How often to water your Philodendron Melanochrysum

Water needs for Philodendron Melanochrysum
0.5 cups
every 9

Philodendron Melanochrysum needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Philodendron Melanochrysum

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Black Gold Philodendron in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Philodendron Melanochrysum: 6ft from a window
6ft or less from
a window

Philodendron Melanochrysum can tolerate being far from a window and light source.

Place it less than 6 feet from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Philodendron Melanochrysum in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Philodendron Melanochrysum

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Philodendron Melanochrysum: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Philodendron Melanochrysum after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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💡 FAQs
💦 Water Needs

Philodendron Melanochrysum prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Black Gold Philodendron Water Frequency →

Black Gold Philodendron Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Philodendron Melanochrysum can tolerate being far from a window and light source. Place it less than 6 feet from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Black Gold Philodendron Light Requirements →

Black Gold Philodendron Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.


💨 Humidity

Philodendron Melanochrysum prefers dry environments. Providing extra humidity or misting your plant allows water to linger on leaves, which can create the perfect environment for harmful types of fungi.

Black Gold Philodendron Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Philodendron Melanochrysum does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Black Gold Philodendron →

When and How to Successfully Repot Black Gold Philodendron →


💩 Fertilizer

Philodendron Melanochrysum should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!


❄️ Dormancy

Philodendron Melanochrysum does not have a typical pattern of dormancy. If you notice their growth slowing down substantially, double check that they are getting enough sunlight and water to thrive!


🌎 Native Region

Philodendron Melanochrysum is native to Central, South America, and the Caribbean.


🌱 Propagation

Philodendron Melanochrysum can be propagated by the stem method. To propagate:

  • Make a cut just above the node. The node is the break in the stem where the leaf emerges.
  • To get the cutting to root, you can either:
    • Place the cutting in water until roots emerge and are ~2” long and then transplant into well-draining soil, or
    • Place the cutting directly into well-draining soil and water when dry.

How to Propagate Black Gold Philodendron →


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Philodendron Melanochrysum

Philodendron Melanochrysum

Philodendron Melanochrysum


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 6ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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