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How To Make Your Plants Happy: Philodendron Birkin Care Guide

Drawing of philodendron birkin

Light

Birkins require bright, indirect light to keep the variegation on the leaves. Avoid direct sunlight as this may cause the leaves to dry up and fall off. 

Water

Let the top part of the soil dry before watering but do not let it dry out completely. Water about once a week. More frequent, light watering is ideal and avoid giving too much water at one time.

Environment

Prefers warmer climates of around 65°F - 75°F and very humid. The temperature should never drop under 55°F. The more humid the environment your plant has, the faster it will grow and it will produce larger leaves.

Growth

This plant is compact and will only grow up to about 1'-3' tall. Fertilizing this plant is a key component to keeping it healthy and producing large leaves. Use a well-balanced fertilizer at half strength once a week in spring and summer and once a month in cooler seasons.

Repotting

Repot this plant once when the roots start to touch the bottom of your planter, about once a year. Repot during the spring in a pot that is 1" larger using a well-draining soil. A well-draining soil is important as this plant does not like sitting in water.

Propagating

This plant can be propagated through stem cuttings. Take a cutting from the stem that is about 3"-6" in length and has at least 1 node and a few leaves. Place the cutting in a jar of water, providing fresh water every few days. When the roots are about 1"-2" long, you can repot the cutting into a planter with well-draining soil.

Toxicity

This plant is toxic to pets. It contains high amount of calcium oxalate crystals so keep away from pets and children.

Close up of philodendron birkin leaf

About the Philodendron Birkin

Botanical Name: Philodendron 'Birkin'

Nicknames: Philodendron birkin

The Philodendron Birkin is a unique and exotic houseplants that you may not have heard of. The Philodendron Birkin does not actually exist in the wild, it is a rare mutation of the Philodendron Rojo Congo. It is an easy to care for, slow-growing, and compact houseplant. The gorgeous, dark-ground rounded foliage is variegated with pinstripes in colors ranging from white to pale yellow. The coloring and variegation of the plant is a bit unpredictable, meaning no two of these plants will look exactly alike and your plant will have its own unique patterns. Philodendrons are great plants for improving air quality.

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