Philodendron Birkin

The Philodendron Birkin is the new kid on the block when it comes to trending house plants and it is bound to tantalise any plant enthusiast. The Birkin grows to become a compact plant of rounded leaves which display dramatic pinstripe variegated lines across their face. The height of the mature Birkin is something that is yet to be confirmed. Different sites have published an estimated height of 50cm – 100cm. Although, due to its short lifespan in the market only time will tell.

The Birkin isn’t the fastest growing Philodendron so pick a pot you love as you will be able to enjoy it. With its stunning foliage you will want to position your plant in a predominant spot, but remember to ensure it has moderate to bright indirect light to keep you plant happy and healthy. The Birkin will tolerate our dry indoor conditions, but thrives in humidity as most Philodendrons do. A misting from time to time would be welcomed.

While the Philodendron Birkin is a designer plant it is part of the large genus of flowering plants in the Araceae family, within the Philodendron genus there are almost 500 species. Philodendrons tend to originate from the rainforests of Brazil and Paraguay. They are typically large and imposing plants, climbing other plants and growing on other trees. The name Philodendron comes from the Greek word phileo, meaning “to love” and dendron meaning “tree”.

Philodendron Birkin Plant Care

Temperature

The Philodendron Birkin prefers a warm and humid environment.

Light

The Philodendron Brikin will thrive in medium to bright, indirect sunlight.

Watering

Likes moist soil. Not too wet and not too dry. Water regularly but allow the soil to partly dry out before watering again. The roots do not like to be left wet so ensure that your pot has good drainage.

Soil

The Philodendron Birkin prefers a rich bark/peat based soil which is not too heavy. It needs to be able to retain moisture, but not hold water.

Fertilizer

During spring and summer use an all-purpose liquid plant food to promote new growth.

Toxicity

Philodendrons are toxic plants. Digestion of any part of the plant can cause problems. Keep out of reach of both children and pets.

Maintenance

The Philodendron Birkin needs clean leaves to photosynthesise in order to feed itself. Regularly wipe your plants leaves with a damp soft cloth or give it a full shower every now and again to remove any dust that has accumulated. This will ensure you will have a healthy pest free plant.

Re-potting

When the Philodendron Birkins roots appear to have filled the bottom of the pot it is time to upgrade the pot size.

Potential Problems

Dried Leaves: If the edges of the leaves are yellowing it can indicate that the plant has been over watered. Alter your watering regime and your plant should return back to normal.

Pest and Disease: The Philodendrons are not typically prone to pests or diseases. However, you may encounter mealybugs and aphids. Mealybugs can be dealt with by dipping cotton buds into rubbing alcohol and wiping the mealybugs.