Last Updated on March 22, 2021 by Sophie
Characterised by its compact nature and dainty pin-striped leaves, the Philodendron Birkin is a delightful aroid which will make a wonderful addition to your indoor garden collection. Here’s a complete Philodendron Birkin care guide, as well as watering tips and how to propagate this aroid plant.
Rather rarer than some other varieties of philodendron, the Philodendron Birkin is characterised by its glossy, dark green leaves which come to a point and are streaked with pale green/ white/ yellow lines which resemble brush strokes. What’s more, is that every single leaf is slightly different and no two are the same.
Please note that all parts of the Philodendron Birkin are toxic to people and pets. The plants contain calcium oxalate crystals, which can cause irritation and issues with kidneys.
Why haven’t I heard of the Philodendron Birkin before?
You may well not have heard of the Birkin yet as it’s a rather new Philodendron hybrid variety. Part of the Araceae family, and almost as easy as to care for as something such as the heart leaf philodendron, you certainly won’t regret adding this beauty to your indoor jungle!
The new(ish) plant actually originated quite by accident. The plant is actually the result of a mutation on the Rojo Congo Philodendron which seems pretty stable, though buyers should note that a mature Philodendron Birkin always has the possibility of reverting back to the Rojo Congo.
Philodendron Birkin: hanging or climbing plant?
Though most varieties of Philodendron tend to trail or climb by nature, the Philodendron Birkin is rather unique in that it actually grows as a small shrub and never really reaches more than a few foot across and tall.
Philodendron Birkin Plant Care & Watering Guide
Watering your Birkin Philodendron
Unlike some other Philodendrons, the plant doesn’t like to dry out between waterings, though nor does it want to become too waterlogged. As such, the best course of action when watering the Philodendron is to water it little but often.
Philodendrons come from the jungle and so enjoy environments with high humidity. This can often be difficult in homes, especially during the winter months when central heating can dry out the air in your house.
One of the best ways to keep humidity high for your plants is to group them together. You can also mist the Birkin every so often to keep the plant and leaves nice and hydrated. If your plant is not receiving enough humidity, then it might start to develop ‘crispy edges’ on its leaves or even brown spots. Though this can sometimes be the sign of a Philodendron Birkin pest, it’s more than likely that the indoor plant will be suffering from a humidity issue.
Best soil conditions for the Philodendron
Unlike some other varieties of Philodendron, the Birkin is particularly slow growing and won’t need changing pots nearly as often as many other houseplants. In fact, it’s quite likely that it will be several years before you even need to think about repotting the gorgeous variegated plant.
With this being said, like many other houseplants, the Birkin enjoys a well-draining soil mix which will ensure that its roots don’t stay sitting in water for too long (a common cause of plant death is root rot).
If your plant leaves are starting to droop, then this is quite often a sign that your plant is not receiving enough water. Though the plant will not need repotting for a long time, it will need fertilising during the summer months to ensure that it gets the nutrients it needs. The plant should be fertilised at least once a month during the summertime.
Best light conditions for the Philodendron Birkin
Be sure to avoid bright sunlight as this can burn the leaves, dry out the plant too quickly, and there is little chance of recovering sunburnt leaves on a plant. The best kind of light for the Birkin philodendron is bright, indirect sunlight.
The plant will need more light than its other Philodendron non-variegated counterparts (variegated plants have less Chlorophyll in their leaves and so need more light to photosynthesise) but will do well near a shaded window or by an east facing window.
Conversely, you’ll soon notice if your plant is not receiving enough sunlight as it will start to become leggy and grow towards the light source. If variegated plants are grown in too little light, the new leaves will come through with less variegation and the plant will no longer look as bright and colourful as it should be.
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