The Philodendron birkin is a rare gorgeous houseplant with dark green leaves. The beautiful leaves are variegated with a light yellow too. You don’t find many plants like it.
The garden gods took a paintbrush across the leaves to make an intriguing pattern. Birkins stand out from the other houseplants and bring creativity to your home.
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!
Other Philodendron are the Hearleaf Philodendron, Philodendron Gloriosum, Philodendron Selloum, Philodendron Pink Princess and the very rare Philodendron Spiritus Sancti. Click on the links to get to the plant care article for each plant!
These plants grow different shaped leaves. They all come in different pigments. This is what makes philodendrons unique and such a beloved houseplant.
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?
We’ve answered your every question about the philodendron birkin in this article. Get to reading so you can get to growing!
- 1 Philodendron Birkin Plant Care Guide
- 2 Philodendron Birkin Propagation Steps
- 3 Varieties of the Philodendron Plant
- 4 Common Problems with the Philodendron Birkin Plant
- 5 Tips for an Unhappy Philodendron Birkin Plant
- 6 Philodendron Birkin FAQs
- 7 Conclusion
Philodendron Birkin Plant Care Guide
The soil for a philodendron birkin is an important part of caring for a healthy plant.
The soil needs to be on the looser side but not too loose. It 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 leads to root rot and plant death.
They grow the best in sphagnum peat moss-based soil. These plants thrive in soil that’s nothing but peat moss.
Peat moss has a coarse and an 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 from 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.
You can have a look at the grow lights in our shop. We sourced them for you. Grow lights doesn’t have to be expensive to be powerful!
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 into 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 does well in a warm and humid room since they’re tropical plants.
Try to keep the temperature of the room between 65F and 75F during the day (18C – 24C). It should be around 60F at night (16C).
And the temperature of the room should never drop below 55F (13C).
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.
If you want you can have a look at the humidifier we carry in our shop. It has a decent size and fits everywhere. It looks great and doesn’t cost a fortune. Most importantly it increases the humidity for your plants.
So, if it’s possible, get that humidity going in the room!
Annother 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 birkin plant with large beautiful leaves.
A balanced liquid fertilizer is a perfect choice. This liquid fertilizer should have micro-nutrients calcium and magnesium. These are two of the most important nutrients for philodendron plants.
You want to fertilize your plant once a week. But during the winter season, you only need to fertilize once a month.
The process of propagation for a philodendron birkin uses stem cuttings. Read below for the steps to the propagation process.
Indoor philodendron birkin plants can grow from a foot and a half to three feet in height.
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.
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 your 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.
Common Problems with the Philodendron Birkin Plant
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 a pale yellow or black.
They like to feed in large groups. When they attack your plant, it will pale in colour 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 plant. And it’s even more of a shame when the unhappy plant is a pretty plant like the philodendron birkin.
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.
Philodendron Birkin FAQs
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 forever?
It’s not uncommon to treat your philodendron birkin for spider mites only to find their way back.
Believe it or not but one of the biggest invites for the mites is dust. So, make sure you check your plant often for dust and clean off the leaves as needed.
Do philodendron birkin plants have vines?
No, 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 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.
Philodendron birkin is a highly popular plant. It belongs to our favourite family, the aroids. There are many philodendron to die for, and the birkin is no exception. Its natural leaf pattern is just striking. In terms of care the most important thing is to get the soil mixture right as well as the watering in order to prevent root rot. Once that is under control, the care for this Philodendron is not too difficult.
Marcel runs the place around here. He has a deep passion for houseplants & gardening and is constantly on the lookout for yet another special plant to add to his arsenal of houseplants, succulents & cacti.
Marcel is also the founder of Iseli International Commerce, a sole proprietorship company that publishes a variety of websites and online magazines.