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Philodendron 'Birkin'

Philodendron Birkin

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Quick Description

As the Philodendron ‘Birkin’ matures, the delicate cream pinstripes become more pronounced with each leaf. 

Size - 4", 6"

Key Information & Plant Overview

Other Common Names: White Wave Calathea
Binomial Name: Philodendron birkin
Care Level: Easy to medium
Light: Bright, indirect light
Water: Allow the top 2” of the soil to dry
Pet Friendly: No

It's easy to see why this plant is a favorite amongst plant collectors and new plant parents alike. The beautiful green leaves have the appearance of a hand painted art piece! As the plant matures the delicate cream pinstripes become more pronounced with each leaf. 

PlantX Top Tip: To maintain the white-yellow variegation consistent bright lighting is required. 

How to Care for Philodendron ‘Birkin’

Light: Prefers bright, indirect light or filtered bright light.
Water: Allow the top 2” of the soil to dry before watering
Humidity: Average relative humidity of 25% to 49%
Temperature: Average from 18°C to 24°C (65°F to 75°F)
Fertilizer: Follow a monthly fertilizing schedule when the plant is actively growing. In most cases, this is in the spring and summer. Use a balanced fertilizer - this means a ratio of NPK that is all the same. Ex: 10-10-10.
Soil: Use a well-draining, high organic matter soil mix.
Propagation: Stem cuttings can be placed in moist soil or water until it forms roots that are about 2-3” long then transplant to moist soil. Take a cutting with a node (where the petiole meets the main stem).
Repotting: Can be done every 12-18 months. Choose a pot that is 2” larger in diameter than the original pot.
Cleaning Tip: Remove dried or damaged leaves to keep the plant looking nice and healthy.
Toxicity: Highly toxic. Always keep plants out of reach of pets and children.

Philodendron ‘Birkin’ - Common Problems

The edges of the leaves on my plant are turning brown: Check the humidity levels of your space. Mist the Philodendron ‘Birkin’ or turn on a humidifier. This plant loves humidity!

Why are the leaves turning yellow: As a plant matures they lose their bottom foliage. This is completely normal and unavoidable. If the upper leaves are turning yellow, you may need to reassess your watering routine or move the plant away from direct sunlight. 

Why is my plant losing its variegation: As the Philodendron ‘Birkin’ grows, there is a chance it will revert back to its original variety. The mother plant is Rojo Congo. You’ll begin to notice the red stems and dark green foliage of the Philodendron ‘Rojo Congo’. Another possibility is when a plant begins to lose its variegation, it means the plant does not have adequate amounts of light to withstand the process of producing variegation. Move your plant to a location with bright, indirect light or filtered bright light.

Signs of Overwatering: New growth becomes soft and brown and the leaves begin to drop.

Common Pests: Susceptible to spider mites. These are tough to see with the naked eye. You’ll notice fine webbing and small round yellow or brown discolorations on the leaves. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How often should I water my philodendron Birkin?

When it comes to watering your Philodendron ‘Birkin’, allow the top 2” of the soil to become dry before watering again. The time in between watering will depend on the environmental conditions such as temperature and light. More light and higher temperature equals more water. 

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