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Philodendron Birkin Care
Basic Philodendron Birkin Care
The once rare Philodendron Birkin is starting to pop up in plant shops across the world. They are easy to care for so are perfect for inexperienced plant parents and their incredible green and white striped leaves bring something a little different to your home. Below you will find all the information you need to properly care for your Philodendron Birkin.
Bright Indirect Light
I love the sunshine but too much direct light will damage my leaves.
I don't like my soil to be too dry or too soggy. Little and often is what I'm after.
I thrive in humid environments so please mist my leaves every so often.
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Detailed Philodendron Birkin Care Information
Whether you're looking to make sure your Philodendron Birkin is in it's perfect conditions, or looking to see if one could work for your space. We've got you covered.
Philodendron Birkin plants prefer bright, indirect light
As with many houseplants, Philodendron Birkin thrive best in bright spots with indirect light. This means placing them a little away from the window so they don’t receive direct light but keeping them away from those dark corners. Too much direct sunlight can damage the leaves by burning them and creating yellow scorched patches across their beautiful leaves.
However, if your Philodendron Birkin is in a low light area, your plant can become leggy and growth can even be stunted.
If you do want to place your Philodendron Birkin next to a window, then ensure that it is a east, west-facing window as these receive plenty of sunlight but it’s not as intense as a south-facing window (if you live in the northern hemisphere).
Pick up a light monitor to check if your Birkin is getting the right level of light.
Let it dry out between waterings
Watering is probably the most important part of your Philodendron Birkin care routine. They like to have moist soil but will struggle if they are consistently overwatered. This is why it’s important to get the right balance and ensure that you are on top of when you need to water your Philodendron Birkin.
We recommend checking the soil moisture before watering to make sure it has dried sufficiently. You can do this either through the chopstick or finger method. Otherwise, moisture meters are great affordable little gadgets which will help determine when your plant needs watering.
Philodendron Birkin love warm temperatures
As they are native to the tropics, Philodendron Birkin will struggle in colder temperatures. There are a few things to watch out for when it comes to temperature extremes. Firstly, during winter you need to be careful that your Philodendron Birkin isn’t near any drafty windows or doors as the colder air from outside will over time harm your plant. However, it’s not just winter that you need to worry about as air conditioning vents can also be quite harmful to your Philodendron Birkin. A digital thermometer is a great tool to help avoid temperature extremes.
Although they do like warm temperatures, hotspots are another concern as they can dry out the plant quickly which can cause brown leaves among other issues. Keep your Philodendron Birkin away from radiators and cookers and be wary of hotspots that can form around windows.
High humidity is a necessity when caring for a Philodendron Birkin
Philodendron Birkin require medium to high humidity levels to properly thrive. Although we can’t replicate their natural habitat of the tropics, there are a few things we can do to increase the humidity. Firstly, misting your Philodendron Birkin is key to preventing the leaves from drying out. You want to get into the habit of doing this every few days to boost the humidity a little. Alternatively, showering your plant, using a pebble tray or placing them in the bathroom can also help avoid problems caused by dry air. However, if the issue is quite bad and you want a one-solves-all solution then getting a humidifier is the best option.
Don’t worry if you have dry air in your home as we have a guide specifically on how to increase the humidity for your houseplants!
Fertilise your Philodendron Birkin regularly
We recommend you fertilise your Philodendron Birkin once a fortnight in spring and summer. Use a soluble houseplant feed at half the recommended strength. You want to avoid over fertilising your Philodendron Birkin as this can cause yellow sickly leaves. So diluting the fertiliser more than recommended will ensure that you aren’t giving your Birkin too much.
Make sure that the fertilizer you use includes calcium and magnesium as this will encourage healthy growth.
Propagate your Philodendron Birkin using stem cuttings
You can easily propagate a Philodendron Birkin plant by taking a stem cutting. We recommend propagating in spring as the growth period is beginning. Place the cutting in water for a few weeks, replacing the water every other day. Once roots begin to develop you can pot your cutting in fresh soil and continue with your normal Philodendron Birkin care routine. We have an entire Philodendron Birkin propagation guide to help you through the process and ensure it is a success!
Philodendron Birkin plants are toxic to pets and children
Unfortunately, digestion of any part of your Philodendron Birkin plant can cause irritation in pets and children so try to keep them out of reach. This is because it includes a high level of calcium oxalate crystals which is toxic to ingest.
Although rare, it can also happen that Philodendron Birkin plants can cause some skin irritation when handled. This is why we tend to recommend wearing gloves when propagating, repotting or pruning your Birkin.
Ensure the soil has good drainage
To avoid waterlogged soil and root rot, make sure that there is good drainage. There are a few things you can do to help this. Firstly, only ever use a pot with drainage holes as this will allow any excess water to flow out of the soil. Then 30 minutes after watering your Philodendron Birkin, empty the drip tray or planter to avoid the roots of your plant sitting in water.
Other ways you can aid drainage is to add perlite to the soil and use terracotta pots rather than plastic ones. These will allow some of that excess water to evaporate out of the sides whereas plastic pots keep in every drop of water.
An overwatered Philodendron Birkin can cause diseases
If your Philodendron Birkin is regularly overwatered, then this can cause diseases to take hold of your plant. Bacterial leaf spot can be a bit of a concern for plant parents which appear as brown spots with yellow halos. Making sure your Birkin is receiving the best care, as well as checking the plant over regularly will help to avoid the problem and catch it early.
Watch out for a variety of pests that can take over your plant
Although they aren’t the most susceptible to pests, it can sometimes happen that you find some unwanted visitors on your Birkin. This is more common if your plant has spent any time outdoors. Pests such as spider mites, scale insects and mealybugs can create real havoc with your plant’s health and can cause brown leaves, brown spots, holes in the leaves and plant death if not treated.
Make sure to give your Philodendron Birkin a regular check-up as treating a pest infestation early is the key to getting rid of it. Checking over the leaves will also help you spot other common problems early.
If you do spot pests on your Philodendron Birkin, isolate it from all other plants before starting treatment. Then remove the worst affected leaves, wash it down in the shower and treat it with neem oil.
Only prune off dead/dying leaves
Pruning is one thing you don’t need to worry about to much when it comes to caring for your Philodendron Birkin. You only need to remove leaves if they are dead or dying. Removing these leaves will stop your plant from expending energy trying to revive the leaves and can instead focus on new healthy growth.
You will also want to prune off leaves that are badly affected by pests as this can help to cut down the size of the infestation.
Use a high-quality well-draining potitng mix for your plant
Philodendron Birkins need a soil that is well-draining. This is why we recommend using a mix that includes perlite. Alternatively, you can add perlite to your mix to aid aeration and drainage of the soil.
Birkins are fast-growing plants so will need to be repotted regularly
If not repotted frequently enough, your Philodendron Birkin will start to stunt its growth as there is nowhere else for the root system to expand to to sustain larger growth. Depending on the environment, you might need to repot about once a year.
If you see roots growing out of the bottom or top of the pot this is a sign it needs more room. When repotting you need to be sure that you don’t use a pot that is too big as this can not only cause the plant to become unstable but it can also increase the time needed for the soil to dry out which increases the risk of root rot.
Where can I buy a Philodendron Birkin?
Luckily, Philodendron Birkins are becoming more and more common in plant shops globally. However, if you aren’t having any luck in your local stores then you can also pick up fully grown Birkin plants or cuttings from places like Etsy.
About the Philodendron Birkin
This beautiful philodendron hybrid variety makes for an incredible plant for all homes. Not only are they relatively easy to care for, but they are quite compact and won’t outgrow the space that quickly. So whether you don’t have the best track record at keeping plants alive, or if you don’t have much space, the Philodendron Birkin is still a great choice!
One of the reasons that they have become so popular is because of their unique foliage. Loved for their deep green and white pinstripe leaves, no two leaves are the same which makes this an incredible plant.
Where does the Philodendron Birkin originate from?
As you’ll know from the name, Birkins come from the Philodendron plant family which was first discovered in Brazil. Native to tropical and humid climates, there are nearly 500 different varieties of Philodendron, all with their unique qualities and appearances. However, the Philodendron Birkin doesn’t actually grow in the wilderness but was created from a rare mutation when the Philodendron Rojo Congo was being cultivated.
Because the plant stemmed from this rare occurrence, at first Birkins were impossible to find and when you could, the prices were enormous for a little cutting. However, now the plant is being mass-produced and is quite commonly available and affordable.
The Philodendron Birkin is also one of the plant types that are genetically unstable. This means that the leaves it produces can look wildly different from each other. You might occasionally get a leaf that is entirely white or entirely green. It’s even known to have a splash of pink in there every now and again if you’re lucky!
Common Problems with your Philodendron Birkin
Here are some common issues that you might run into. It's important to diagnose any issues early to give your plant the best chance of bouncing back.
If you notice brown dry leaf tips on your Philodendron Birkin, it is often an indication of underwatering. Check the moisture levels in the soil and adjust your watering accordingly.
Yellowing leaves on your Philodendron Birkin are a sign that it has been overwatered. Replace the soil immediately if it is still waterlogged and cut down on the amount of water given each week.
If you notice brown spots starting to develop on the leaves of your Philodendron Birkin, it is often a sign of dry air. Philodendron Birkin plants need quite high humidity as they are native to the tropics. You can find out more about increasing the humidity for your houseplants in our humidity guide.
Simple Philodendron Birkin Care Requirements
It sometimes helps to take caring for your plants back to the basics, here's the key considerations that you should take into account when caring for your Philodendron Birkin.
These simple points should give you all you need to keep your plant happy and healthy for years to come.
|Common Name||Philodendron Birkin|
|Latin Name||Philodendron Birkin|
|Light||Bright Indirect Light|
|Soil Type||Potting Soil|