The Philodendron birkin is a rare gorgeous houseplant with dark green leaves.
The beautiful leaves are variegated with a light yellow too.
The garden gods took a paintbrush across the leaves to make an intriguing pattern.
Let’s have a look at how I care for my Philodendron birkin.
Philodendron birkin Care
Philodendron birkin prefers a temperature between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit (18C – 24C) and aroid mix consisting of peat, perlite, charcoal, orchid bark, and some potting soil. Keep the soil slightly moist and water once it is almost dry about once a week. The humidity should be 60% or higher. Feed monthly in spring and summer using a balanced fertilizer with NPK 5-5-5 or 10-10-10. Fertilize once every other month in autumn and winter.
Tropical Philodendron birkins come from the Araceae family. Philodendron is a subcategory of this family.
According to the University of Hawaii the Araceae family consists of 110 genera and 1800 species!
These plants grow different shaped leaves. They all come in different pigments. This is what makes philodendrons unique and such a beloved houseplant.
Philodendron birkin Care Video
Birkins are easy to care for as long as you have some knowledge under your belt. But what exactly do you need to know before you care for a Philodendron birkin?
I have covered all my knowledge about Philodendron birkin care in this article.
- 0.1 Philodendron birkin Care
- 0.2 Philodendron birkin Care Video
- 0.3 Philodendron birkin Plant Care Guide
- 0.4 Philodendron birkin Propagation Steps
- 0.5 Varieties of the Philodendron Plant
- 0.6 Philodendron birkin Problems
- 0.7 Tips for an Unhappy Philodendron birkin Plant
- 0.8 Where to Buy a Philodendron birkin
- 0.9 How much does a Philodendron birkin cost?
- 0.10 How rare is a Philodendron birkin?
- 0.11 Philodendron birkin Variegation
- 0.12 How big does a Philodendron birkin get (Full size)
- 0.13 Philodendron birkin Climbing
- 0.14 Philodendron Birkin Name
- 0.15 Frequently Asked Questions About Philodendron birkin Care
- 0.16 Conclusion About Philodendron birkin Care
- 1 Author Bio
Philodendron birkin Plant Care Guide
Philodendron birkin grows best in an aroid mix consisting of peat, perlite, charcoal, orchid bark and some potting soil.
The soil needs to be well-draining but not too loose. It also has to retain water for the Birkin plant.
But excess water needs to be able to drain through so the roots don’t get wet feet.
Wet feet always lead to root rot and plant death.
These plants thrive in soil that’s nothing but peat moss.
Peat moss has a coarse and airy texture. Thanks to the coarse texture, it retains water.
And the aeration allows the excess water to leave instead of piling up in the soil.
If you don’t want to use only peat moss, you can mix it with perlite for great results too.
Philodendron birkin plants thrive in bright indirect light.
You want to give your plant the feeling it’s under a tropical canopy.
You have to mimic its’ natural habitat.
Direct sunlight for too long can cause leaves to start falling off.
The plant will dry up fast and wilt away.
But too much shade is just as dangerous for your Birkin plant. It can cause too much space between the leaves and the stems will start to sag.
Of course, this can lead to plant death as well.
So, if you choose to place your Birkin plant in a window sill, place it in an east or west-facing window.
Artificial lights are another option. Instead of sitting your plant on a window sill hoping it’s getting the right amount of sunlight.
It requires at least 12 hours of light during the day. But don’t leave it in light for 24 hours a day.
Your plant needs time to wind down in the dark. Plants are a lot like humans in that manner.
We recommend using grow lights for your Birkin plant in winter and actually every other season too.
Once we started using grow light for 12 hours a day growth just skyrocketed.
The only thing you need to think about is how you will mount it. You can attach it to the ceiling or attach it to your bookshelf or frame.
Water a Philodendron birkin once the top 2” of soil are dry (5cm) about once a week.
Like most plants, you want moist soil so your Philodendron birkin can soak up the hydration.
But you also want to avoid over-watering your plant so you can avoid that dreaded wet feet.
So, you want to wait until the soil is mostly (but not all) dry before you water it.
The best way to check the moisture is to place your finger 2” (2.5cm) in the soil.
The soil that hits your knuckle and above should be dry before you water the plant.
Try not to let the soil dry too much further below the soil or it won’t get the water it needs to thrive.
Another way to tell is whether you have soil stuck to your finger when you pull it out of the pot. If there’s soil on your finger still, it’s still moist enough and doesn’t need watering yet.
However, during winter, allow all the soil to dry before you water the Birkin plant.
A Philodendron birkin grows best in room temperature between 65°F and 75°F during the day (18°C – 24°C). It should be around 60F at night (16°C).
The Birkin does well in a warm and humid room since they’re tropical plants.
And the temperature of the room should never drop below 55F (13C).
Keep humidity at 60% or higher for Philodendron birkin.
As we stated above, Philodendron birkin plants are tropical plants. They love, love humidity. It’s another way to mimic their natural environment.
They can live okay in light humidity. But the more humidity it has, the healthier the plant is. And the bigger the leaves on your plant will grow.
I am using a Levoit humidifier. It has a 1.5 gallons (6l) tank so you do not have to refill it all the time and it comes with a warm mist feature and remote control.
It is definitely one of the purchases I made I do not regret. No more worrying if the humidity is sufficient for my birkin and my other tropical plants.
You can buy it at Amazon and I linked it here for your convenience in case you are interested.
So, if it’s possible, get that humidity going in the room! You can also have a look at my full review of the best humidifiers for houseplants.
Another popular way to create humidity for an indoor plant is to use a tray of pebbles. Fill the tray up with water and place your plant pot on top of the pebbles.
As the water evaporates, it creates humidity for your plant. And when the tray is empty, you can fill it right up again.
Fertilizer is the major key to a healthy Philodendron birkin with large beautiful leaves. Fertilize using a balanced liquid fertilizer once a month in spring and summer. Fertilize every other month in autumn and winter.
This liquid fertilizer should have micro-nutrients calcium and magnesium.
These are two of the most important nutrients for Philodendron plants.
Learn everything about fertilizing Philodendron birkin.
The best way to propagate a Philodendron birkin is using stem cuttings. Cut a stem containing a node off your Philodendron birkin and place it in water, soil, or sphagnum moss.
In addition to stem cuttings, this Philodendron can be propagated using pups as well as by air layering. Read about the 3 best ways to propagate Philodendron birkin in our in-depth article.
Indoor Philodendron birkin plants can grow from 1.5 feet to 3 feet in height (45-90cm).
The rate of growth of your Philodendron birkin plant determines how often you need to re-pot it. When the roots have expanded as far as they can go in the bottom of your pot, it’s time to move them to a bigger one.
For some Birkin plants, that’s about a year. For others, it’s about two years.
When you pick out a new pot, make sure it’s not too much bigger than the previous pot. Too much space can stress out your plant.
Read about how to repot Philodendron birkin.
Philodendron birkin Propagation Steps
You want to propagate a philodendron plant during March or April.
Philodendron seeds won’t flower inside so it’s impossible to grow one straight from the seeds.
There are a couple of methods of propagating Birkin plants. But we’re going to share the two best methods.
Both methods need stem cuttings.
- First, you have to get a stem cutting if you don’t already have one. Cut a piece of stem that’s three to six inches in length. The longer, the better. Cut beneath a leaf node or a set of leaves. Don’t use a normal pair of scissors to cut your cuttings, use pruning shears instead.
- Pull the leaves off two leaf nodes that start from the bottom. You want these nodes bare.
- Fill a clear mason jar or a similar container with water. Make sure there’s an inch of space beneath the rim of the jar. Set the jar out overnight. This gives the chlorine in the water time to dissipate.
- The next day, place the stem cutting into the clear mason jar. The bare leaf nodes should sit in the water.
- You need to change the water every other day to keep the water clean and free from bacteria. A little over a week, you’ll see roots start to sprout from the bottom of the stem cutting.
- Once the roots are out, you want to move your stem cutting to where it can receive indirect bright light. That can be from the sun or grow lights.
- After the roots have grown an inch, you can move your growing birkin plant to a pot. Be careful with the roots, you don’t want to tear them up in the process.
Using the Air Layering Method
- First, you have to “wound” the stem. Take a sharp knife and make a cut that’s two inches in length. This cut should be in the center of your stem cutting.
- Take a toothpick and insert it into the wound you created. You want the toothpick to hold the wound open.
- Now you need damp sphagnum peat moss. A handful should be enough. Apply the peat moss around the wound. The moss has to be moist at all times. Whenever it starts to dry up, dampen it again. But only dampen, don’t soak the moss.
- Use a string to tie around the peat moss. This will hold it onto the wound.
- Take a square piece of polyurethane film and wrap it around the peat moss on the stem. It needs to be tight against the moss and cover it all the way. There should be zero moss peaking out. Use duct tape to secure the film.
- About two weeks later, roots will begin to grow out of the peat moss. This is when you can remove this stem from the rest of the Birkin plant. Cut right below the moss.
- Remove the film from the peat moss and roots. It’s time to plant it in a pot of soil. Be careful with the roots as you go through this process.
Varieties of the Philodendron Plant
There are other types of philodendron plants outside of the Birkin.
And you can break philodendron plants into two categories.
There are vine types and non-vine types of philodendrons.
This plant is one of the most popular types of philodendrons because they’re the easiest to care for. They’re a vine type nicknamed “sweetheart” due to their heart-shaped leaves.
This is another vine type of philodendron. The leaves are variegated, making them green, white, or even cream-colored. Like the sweetheart plant, their leaves resemble hearts.
The xanadu is a fun philodendron. This plant can grow pretty big if cared for the right way. The best part is that it’s almost as if the leaves have fingers hanging off of them.
This is a hybrid philodendron. It’s a bold gorgeous green. It works just as well as an outdoor plant as it does an indoor plant.
We love this plant. The variegated leaves are a mix of brilliant green and spotless white. They’re unique and catch your eye when you’re walking through your home.
Philodendron birkin Problems
Spider mites are one of the worst pests that invade Philodendron birkin plants.
These creepy mites are reddish-brown and super small.
They suck up all your Birkin plant’s nutrients until there’s nothing left. They do this by biting the leaves and leaving light dot-shaped marks.
When they’ve been feeding off of a plant for a long time, the leaves will dry and fall off.
To get rid of spider mites you have to start by pruning the leaves and areas that they have taken over.
You want to get every bit of those areas away from the parts of the plant that are still healthy. Use insecticidal soap to gently clean all your plant.
Thrips are another sneaky bug that loves philodendron plants. Like most other plant bugs, they like to suck all the nutrients from your plant.
The bugs are very small with wings and hard to see unless you’re looking for them. They can be either pale yellow or black.
They like to feed in large groups. When they attack your plant, it will pale in color and turn splotchy. This can lead to plant death.
For these bugs, you can also use insecticidal soap to gently clean your plant off. Any area that’s infested too bad should be removed.
Tips for an Unhappy Philodendron birkin Plant
Nobody wants an unhappy, dying Philodendron birkin plant.
Below we discuss the main issues that might be plaguing your Birkin plant and how to fix it.
Your Philodendron birkin Has Brown Leaves
When the leaves on a Birkin plant are turning brown, it means it’s not getting enough humidity. Remember, these tropical plants need humidity to survive and thrive.
If you haven’t created a pebble tray, you’ll want to consider making one now. You can also mist the leaves every other day to create humidity for your plant.
Your Philodendron birkin Has Drying Leaves
It doesn’t take long to see that your plant’s leaves are drying, yellowing, and falling off. Which means you can catch this problem early and fix it.
When your leaves are yellowing around the edge and drying up, it means you’re over-watering your plant.
Double-check your soil before you decide to water it next time. Make sure it’s dry.
If you have trouble with this, consider buying a moisture meter to track the moisture levels of the soil.
If there are small dots on the leaves too, your plant is infested with spider mites instead.
Your Philodendron birkin Has Weird Lesions and Stinks
If you find weird lesions on your stem, you’re in trouble. It’s the disease Erwinia blight (or fire blight). It’s a very common disease that attacks philodendron plants.
This disease takes only days to kill your plant and it attacks under the soil. But you can save your plant if you catch it in time.
When this infection spreads, the branches start to droop and turn colors. You need a pair of pruning shears dipped in isopropyl alcohol to trim them.
Start cutting the branches off where they’re infected. The alcohol will help stop the infection from spreading to the areas that are still safe.
Your Philodendron birkin drooping
A Philodendron birkin is drooping due to the following reasons:
- It has a disease called fire blight or Erwinia Blight
- Overwatering: Change the soil, water less often
- Underwatering: Water regularily
- Cold: Change the spot
- It has a disease called fire blight or Erwinia Blight: Try a bactericide containing cooper. Isolate the plant
Read more about why your Philodendron birkin is drooping and what to do about it.
Your Philodendron birkin is dying
If your Philodendron birkin is not living its best life and shows signs that it is unwell it might be because of one of these 4 reasons:
- Root rot
- Dried out soil due to underwatering
- Too much sunlight
- Too much shade
- Transplant shock
- Root rot: Change the soil, disinfect the pot, cut off rotting roots, wash roots under running water
- Dried out soil due to underwatering: Water more and start slowly
- Too much sunlight: Use a curtain, or change the spot to a west- or east-facing window
- Too much shade: Use a grow light
- Transplant shock: Put the plant in a container with high humidity and make sure plant is watered and fertilized
Read more about why your Philodendron birkin is dying here and what you can do about it.
Where to Buy a Philodendron birkin
How much does a Philodendron birkin cost?
This Philodendron is going to cost between $20-$70 depending on the size and shop you are buying your plant. Generally smaller plants will cost less than larger birkin plants with multiple leaves and a mature stem and root system. Prices have recently come down quite a bit as this plant is becoming more readily available.
How rare is a Philodendron birkin?
It cannot be considered a rare plant any longer as more and more plant shops and garden centers have started to stock this plant. In 2020 and 2021 one the demand for birkins skyrocketed but supply has now caught up and you shouldn’t have any problems finding this plant online and offline.
Philodendron birkin Variegation
The variegation consists of beautiful white and yellow stripes. Unfortunately, the variegation of is unstable. This plant is a chimeric mutation originating from the Philodendron Congo Rojo.
There are several tips on how to get more white variegation on Philodendron birkin such as controlling the level of sunlight temperature, watering, taking stem cuttings, and low-nitrogen fertilizer.
How big does a Philodendron birkin get (Full size)
The birkin can get up to 3 feet tall (90cm) and can grow up to 4-inches per week (10cm) in the growing season. The leaves will get up to 7-inches long on a mature plant (18cm).
Philodendron birkin Climbing
This plant is not a climbing plant. It is self-headed meaning that it does not trail and can support itself without a pole. However, a stake or moss pole can support the plant and its aerial roots can set into the pole for additional support.
Philodendron Birkin Name
The name consists of two-part. Philodendron is greek and means “tree lover”. Phileo for to love and dendron for tree. Birkin is the name the chimeric mutation of the Philodendron Congo Rojo was given once it was discovered. It can be speculated that it got the name Birkin because the stripes on the leaves resemble those of a specific Birkin bag pattern.
Frequently Asked Questions About Philodendron birkin Care
What kind of water should I use when I water my Philodendron birkin?
There’s no specific water to use for a Philodendron birkin. But if you use tap water, there are a few things you need to keep in mind. Let the water sit out overnight so the chlorine can dissipate. Make sure this water is lukewarm so it doesn’t shock your plant.
How do I get rid of spider mites on Philodendron birkin forever?
It’s not uncommon to treat your Philodendron birkin for spider mites only to find their way back. Make sure you check your plant often for dust and clean off the leaves as needed.
Does Philodendron birkin have vines?
Birkin plants don’t have vines. But there are several other types of philodendron plants that do have vines.
Can my Philodendron birkin plant hurt my cat?
Philodendron birkin plants contain a high amount of calcium oxalate crystals. Calcium oxalate is toxic to both humans and animals. Your cat could die from ingesting a large amount of a philodendron plant. Smaller amounts can still make your cat very, very ill.
Conclusion About Philodendron birkin Care
To care for Philodendron birkin use a well-draining aroid potting mix. The ideal temperature is between 65 -75°F (18-24°C). Provide humidity >60% and water once the top 2-3 inches of soil are dry. Fertilize bi-weekly in spring and summer during the main growth period and revert to monthly in autumn and winter.
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