Everything About Philodendron Birkin Care

The Philodendron Birkin can be a spectacular addition to your indoor space with the notable white stripes on its dark-green waxy leaves. While it's a relatively new Philodendron variety, this houseplant has become a favorite pick among plant parents.

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Belonging to the Araceae family, the Philodendron Birkin isn't always easy to find since it's best-loved by most Aroid plant enthusiasts. This houseplant is easy to grow and take care of, making it the perfect choice for beginners. But like any other new plant selection, this delightful aroid also requires specific tending. 
Philodendron Birkin isn't immune to plant problems and diseases. Before adding it to your collection, equip yourself with its proper care requirements and growing conditions. Learn how to keep Philodendron Birkin happy, healthy, and flourishing by reading on.

What Is a Philodendron Birkin?

Most Philodendrons originate from Brazil and Paraguay rainforests. They are known as great climbers, often making their way up around the trunks of trees. However, the Philodendron Birkin is a self-heading variety, meaning it doesn't climb and can stand upright on its own. It's a slow grower and could take a decade before it can reach its full maturity and become three feet tall. 
Thought to have come from a spontaneous mutation of the Philodendron Rojo Congo, this houseplant doesn't have a natural habitat, so you won't find it in the wild. Because of its unique mutation, there used to be a short supply of Philodendron Birkin, and they came with tear-jerking prices. But thanks to tissue culture propagation, it’s now more available and reasonably priced in many garden centers and online nurseries. 
The Philodendron Birkin is characterized by its foliage variation or new leaves changing colors because of its unstable genetics. This means you can enjoy different shades of Philodendron Birkin leaves.

Philodendron Birkin Leaf Colors

The variegated leaves of Philodendron Birkin make it more exciting and remarkable than other varieties. But the leaf colors are not only for its physical appearance. By knowing the following shades, you'll better understand the health of a Philodendron Birkin.
  • Yellow leaves: You may find some yellow pinstripes to Philodendron Birkins. Yellow leaves are an indicator of natural aging. When your plant prioritizes new leaf growth, it causes the old leaves at the bottom part to turn yellow and fall off. However, when more leaves become yellow, even if they're not old, you might be overwatering your Philodendron Birkin.
  • Brown leaves: Random specks of brown spots that appear only on the Philodendron Birkin leaves can signify something wrong with the care routine and location. For example, there might be soil moisture imbalance, and the plant may need a better potting mix or a more humid space.
  • Dark green leaves: As Philodendron Birkin matures, its variegated leaves could revert completely to dark green. While losing its rare variegation is natural in mature leaves, the dark green shade can only be temporary. More exposure to the sun may help bring back the variegated leaf color.
  • White leaves: The distinctive color of Philodendron Birkin variegated leaves is a mix of brilliant green and white pinstripes. You can expect the new leaves to be almost all white to complete white. However, faded white leaves can also signal that the plant is in distress, perhaps due to a lack of nutrients, inappropriate amounts of sunlight, or fungal infections.
Philodendron Birkin Leaves

How to Care for Your Philodendron Birkin

Besides its stunning look, the Philodendron Birkin attracts many seasoned growers and new plants because of its undemanding nature. Its care requirements won't take a lot of time and effort. But while this houseplant is generally forgiving and can withstand all kinds of neglect, it needs proper plant care if you want to keep it happy and thriving. 
As part of the care guide, take note of the following essential growing conditions when nurturing a Philodendron Birkin.

Water

Philodendron Birkins need a good amount of water to thrive. If you live in a dry climate, you might have to water them more than once a week. If you fail to do this, the soil can become dense around the roots, preventing oxygen from reaching the roots. This can result in root rot in the long run. 
But while this plant wants to be in moist soil, it cannot also tolerate overwatering. Too much moisture can also damage the roots. Hence, consider the following tips when watering your Philodendron Birkin:
  • Always examine the soil's dryness before adding any water.
  • Have regular watering sessions during the summer and spring seasons. 
  • Philodendron Birkin plants are inactive during winter and require less watering. 
  • Allow the top soil to dry out entirely between your watering sessions. 
  • Use a pot with drainage holes for a better flow of water.
Generally, Philodendron Birkins aren't particular to a specific type of water. Although they usually do fine with tap water, you might also consider using rainwater or distilled water to keep their foliage looking well.

Humidity

As a tropical plant, a Philodendron Birkin thrives well in a place with moderate humidity levels. This houseplant can tolerate a 40% level of humidity. However, if you want it to grow more successfully, give it a more comfortable environment by increasing the humidity to 50-70%.
Note that brown tips and edges on the leaves can signal that your Philodendron Birkin plant needs a more humid space. To prevent this from happening, ensure adequate humidity in your home. You can do this by misting the plant in the morning. If you want a more economical option, using a humidifier would be better.

Fertilizer

Since a Philodendron Birkin is slow-growing, it only needs light fertilization. However, the plant is active every spring and summer and grows quickly. During these seasons, you need to feed the plant once every month.
A water-soluble fertilizer is highly recommended for Philodendron Birkins. But if you don't want to apply chemical fertilizers, you can use an organic houseplant fertilizer. It's also good to add 10% compost or worm castings to the potting soil every time you repot the plant.

Light

Philodendron Birkin grows best in 12 hours of bright indirect light like most houseplants. But while this plant doesn't want to be put in a low-light location, be careful not to expose it to direct sunlight. Otherwise, the leaves will wither, causing the early death of your Philodendron Birkin.
The plant needs bright light to keep its variegated leaves. You will know that it's not getting enough indirect light if the plant starts to lose its bright lines. Ensure to find the sweet spot for your Philodendron Birkin plant.
If you're planning to plant it outdoors, you can place the plant where it can receive enough light but keep it protected from direct exposure to the sun. You can put your Philodendron Birkin near a curtained or tinted window if you're growing it indoors.

Temperature

The right temperature is also essential to keep a Philodendron Birkin happy and healthy. Ideally, this plant grows well in temperatures within 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit during the day. It prefers to be in a room around 60 degrees Fahrenheit at night.
Dropping the temperature below 50 degrees Fahrenheit may result in your Philodendron Birkin suffering from cold damage. If you wish to keep it flourishing, maintain the temperature it needs. Besides cold air, heating vents and radiators can also cause irreparable harm to your plant. Therefore, keep it away from hot and cold drafts.

Soil

The best soil to grow Philodendron Birkin should be well-drained, aerated, and retain enough moisture but doesn't hold water. The easier way to find suitable soil is to buy a commercial potting mix for aroid plants like Philodendron Birkin. However, to ensure that it has all the necessary requirements, you can create your own potting mix with the following ingredients:
  • General potting soil: Philodendron Birken prefers regular soil with a pH level between 6 and 6.5. This means that it contains the highest number of nutrients available for plant use, such as Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Potassium, and Magnesium.
  • Perlite for excellent drainage: Adding perlite into regular potting soil can help provide excellent drainage for your plant. As a natural filtration system, it helps drain excess water quickly. This prevents the plant from sitting in too much water, which can cause roots to rot.
  • Sphagnum moss to retain moisture: Adding sphagnum moss with your perlite and regular potting mix can help prevent the soil from becoming compact. But even when dried, the chunks of moss will add water retention properties to your ground. It will help keep the potting soil airy and soft, providing better drainage and oxygen flow to the plant's roots.

Pruning and Maintenance

Besides removing dead or damaged leaves, Philodendron Birkin doesn't need frequent pruning and maintenance. If you see any old or dry leaves, trim them away using sharp and clean tools. Avoid using uncleaned shears to reduce the risk of passing along diseases between plants.

Propagation

Once you have a mature or established plant, you can multiply Philodendron Birkin without buying any more in the plant shop. Its propagation process doesn't have to be complicated as long as you know exactly what to do. 
To help you get started, we've highlighted different ways to propagate a Philodendron Birkin:
  • Stem Cutting: You can use this method if the plant's main stem only has one branch. To ensure success, take the cutting from a healthy plant. Also, use a clean cutting tool to prevent passing on dirt or any infection to the plantThen place the cutting in the water to allow the new growth of roots. Ensure to remove any lower leaves and replace the water regularly. Once the roots grow longer than a few centimeters, you can plant them in soil.
  • Division: This method only applies to a plant with several branches on its main stem. If that's the case, dig gently around the roots and run your fingers through them. Then find the roots that joined the mother Philodendron Birkin plant and pup to pull them apart. You can replant the mother Philodendron Birkin back in its usual spot and decide where to place the pup. If the roots are mature, you can grow them in the potting mix. But in many cases, you would need to put them in water until the roots are established.
  • Layering: The layering technique can be a little trickier as it requires an incision in the stem. If you don't have any experience with propagation, it's best to use stem cutting or division. A healthy and robust stem section is also crucial when choosing this method.
Using a knife, make a vertical cut of at least one inch long into the side of the stem. Keep the incision open by inserting a thin twig or toothpick, then fill up the side of the incision with peat moss to keep it damp. You can use a plastic cup to keep it tight and ensure the peat moss is in place.

Tips on Buying Philodendron Birkin

Although Philodendron Birkin is more available now in local nurseries and garden centers, it remains a trendy tropical house plant. This makes finding still challenging. Here are some tips you might want to consider when buying this stunning cultivar of Philodendron.
First, make sure you're familiar with the basics of the Philodendron Birkin. Familiarize yourself with the different shades of the plant. Remember that the variegated leaves of this tropical plant consist of brilliant white stripes on its dark green leaves. If you want to grow your plant from stem cuttings, find a healthy and established Philodendron Birkin. 
Second, consider the timing of your purchase. Buying the plant during its growing season, typically during summer and spring, could mean that you have plenty of options. Lastly, once you have enough understanding of the nature of this plant, find a reputable garden shop. 
Consider looking in your local nursery if you want to see the plant before buying it. But if you're looking for a more convenient option, buying online would be better for you. Just read the shop's online reviews and be careful of scams.
Neverland is a great place to start your online plant shopping. Regardless of your experience and preferences, we have everything you need for indoor or outdoor gardens.

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The Philodendron Birkin plant is an ideal plant for beginners. You can successfully cultivate it if it’s given the proper growing conditions. As long as you keep the essentials in mind, Philodendron Birkin care can be manageable for you. 
But if you need more inspiration for your indoor plants collection, feel free to connect with a community of passionate plant parents through Neverland. Whether you're a seasoned grower or a beginner, we have various resources to help with your green project. Check out Neverland today for more information.
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