How to Grow & Care for Philodendron Melanochrysum 'Melano'

How to Grow & Care for Philodendron Melanochrysum ‘Melano’ (2023)

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Philodendron Melanochrysum is a tropical type of plant which is also known as black-gold philodendron that is considered one of the best philodendron species. While planting the  Philodendron Melanochrysum I found them the most effective climbing plants and they are also known as the best conservatory climbing plants. They are loved to grow in houses due to their lovely foliage and leaves Philodendron Melanochrysum has a crystalline sheen that looks like gold flecks. So to get good results you need to know how to grow and care for Philodendron Melanochrysum. 

Key takeaways:

The following are some basic requirements that you need to provide:

  • They do require bright, indirect light, or filtered light.
  • You need to keep the potting mix moist.
  •  For holding some moisture you need to use a well-drained potting mix.
  • the following image will explain to you in short what the plant need and to know more about it you need to read the article.
How to Grow & Care for Philodendron Melanochrysum 'Melano'
Philodendron Melanochrysum

How to Grow & Care for Philodendron Melanochrysum ‘Melano’

For caring for Philodendron Melanochrysum plant, you need to use rich and draining soil that is high in organic matter. Also,  there are many other things you need to take care of such as:

  • Light 
  • Watering 
  • Temperature 
  • Humidity
  • Soil 
  • Fertilizer 
  • Potting & Repotting 
  • Pruning 
  • Propagation


For indoor planting, you need to plant the plant some feet away from the window so that they do get the perfect amount of light. But if you are growing the plant outdoors then you need to show them some afternoon shade. The full sun exposure to the Philodendron melanochrysum will hurt the foliage of the plant and that may also lead to unpleasant discoloration. 

How to Grow & Care for Philodendron Melanochrysum 'Melano'
Philodendron Melanochrysum


To find if the plant needs water or not you need to check first the soil using your index finger and if you find that the above 2 to 3 inches of the soil are dry then you need to water the plant. The watering requirements also depend on the amount of sunlight the plant is getting and in summer due to increasing heat you need to increase the watering and during winter you can decrease the watering.


If you want to prevent plant by root rot you need to use a pot that is good for drainage and use a preferred potting mix.   


For planting  Philodendron melanochrysum you need to plant them in a temperature that ranges between 70 to 80°F (21-27°C). So I could prefer you not to plant them below  60°F as it can damage the foliage formation and the growth of Philodendron melanochrysum. The hardiness zone preferred for the plant is from 9a to 11b. You need to protect them from cold drafts if grown indoors because it will harm the plant causing injuries.


The humidity requirements for the Philodendron melanochrysum are high such as the humidity level should be above 60%. But you need to make sure to not provide the plant with much higher humidity that tends to increase the incidence of pests and diseases.

How to Grow & Care for Philodendron Melanochrysum 'Melano'
Philodendron Melanochrysum


You can easily get to an appropriate humidity level but setting the pebble tray that is more efficient and practical and then placing the plant on the tray that is filled with the pebbles and water.


The soil requires for the Philodendron melanochrysum consists of an airy mix of fresh garden soil, peat moss perlite, and charcoal. Soil mixing is added to improve the texture and drainage of the soil. To avoid the conditions of overwatering you need to use a well-draining soil mix. A good type of solu will help to prevent damage to the root system. You can also check the ph level of the soil and the preferred oh level for the Philodendron Melanochrysum plant is between 5.5 to 6.0.  

How to Grow & Care for Philodendron Melanochrysum 'Melano'
Philodendron Melanochrysum


The fertilizer needed by the Philodendron melanochrysum is mainly in the first growth stage or during the active growth period. But you need to use a balanced fertilizer ratio such as 20-20-20. Do remember not to use any cheap fertilizer that will cause toxic accumulation of minerals like iron and aluminum. Using of natural amendments like biochar and vermicasts will also help in boosting the plant’s growth.

Potting & Repotting 

In case of any signs of rootbound like any root coming out of the base of the plant then it’s high time for repotting. In a year the growth rate and growing environment depend on repotting Philodendron Melanochrysum. 


You should do the repotting in spring or summer so that the plant adapts to the new environment. A few steps you need to follow for repotting are:

  • Firstly you need to prepare a potting mix.
  • Need a container that should be twice the size of the container in which the plant is placed.
  • Now fill the container with half the soil then slowly place the root ball of the plant in the center of the pot.
  • At the end fill the remaining space with soil and water it.


You need to trim off the spent foliage and decaying plants of plants. You need to use sterile pruning shears or knives for cutting  Philodendron Melanochrysum and to cut the plant check which stems are about 25% that are starting from the older leaver and stem and cut them.  By pruning the plant you help the plant to cut the infected parts and help them not to spread all over the plant.

How to Grow & Care for Philodendron Melanochrysum 'Melano'
Philodendron Melanochrysum


You can easily propagate the Philodendron melanochrysum using stem cutting. For that, you need to first choose a healthy stem with at least having 2 to 3 small leaves and a leaf node on it. The next is to cut the stem from the mother plant with the use of sterile scissors or a grafting knife and in case you want to propagate the plant in water to have to first remove some leaves from the bottom of the cutting. 


The common problem you can find in Philodendron melanochrysum is dealing with pests, diseases, curling, drooping, and discoloration of the leaves. And you need to protect them by using the above-mentioned ways. The last thing to have to explain is to for proper growth and care for Philodendron Melanochrysum you need to provide the plant with the proper amount of water, voiding overfertilization, and plant in the right temperature and humidity.

Becky Decker