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Philodendron Birkin Care & Propagation Guide

Written by lisa

Sep 14 2021

Philodendron Birkin Care & Propagation Guide
Philodendron Birkin, a foliage plant, is native to South America and is a common perennial evergreen herb in tropical and subtropical regions. Philodendron Birkin is a unique and easy-care indoor plant with dark green leaves streaked with light yellow, and each leaf has a unique pattern. The lime-green stalks are thick and dense, which gives them a distinctive appearance and is very showy.
Philodendron Birkin has strong vitality and can purify the air. It is suitable for homes, office buildings, hotels and other places. Philodendron Birkin likes warm and humid semi-shade environment, and is afraid of cold and strong light, which is suitable for growing in sandy loam rich in humus.
Philodendron Birkin

Philodendron Birkin Care Key Points

Philodendron Birkin plant is a rare and easy-care houseplant, which is a great indoor plant for beginners. The following sections will provide an in-depth look into Philodendron Birkin care, propagation and other common problems. For your convenience, this article also lists the key information of Philodendron Birkin care briefly.
Botanical/Scientific Name Philodendron ‘Birkin’, Philodendron ‘White Wave’
Common Name(s) Philodendron Birkin, Birkins
Origin South America
Growth Rate Slowly
Light Care Bright but avoid direct sun exposure
Soil Care Rich in humus and well drained
Temperture Care Ideal temperatures 20℃; Not lower than 10℃
Humidty Care High humidty - Ideal humidty 70%
Watering Water before soil drying, keep slightly wet to dry
Pruning Care Philodendron Birkin grows slowly, doesn’t need regularly pruning. 
Fertilizer Care 1 to 2 times a month, stop fertilizing in winter
Propagation Cutting propagation, division propagation, sowing propagation

Philodendron Birkin Care

The leaves of Philodendron Birkin will gradually grow into an oval shape. The tip is slightly pointed and will be about 20 cm long. The appearance of leaf stripes of Philodendron Birkin is unstable. As the plant grows, one or several leaves may be pure green, and some may look like its parent plant Philodendron Rojo Congo. The currently known some leaves will become almost all white leaves or leaves with a little pink.
The slow-growing nature of Philodendron Birkin also makes it a popular houseplant, because you can choose a nice pot for it and not have to worry about repot it for at least a few years, and probably never.
Philodendron Birkin

Philodendron Birkin Soil Requirement

Philodendron Birkin grows best in a sandy loam rich in humus and well drained. Potted Philodendron Birkin is often mixed with peat and perlite to prepare nutrient soil.

Philodendron Birkin Temperature & Humidity Care

Philodendron Birkin needs to grow at a temperature of 20℃, not less than 10℃. Philodendron Birkin must be kept away from heating, air conditioning and cold wind to avoid excessive temperature fluctuations. Keep Philodendron Birkin indoors in winter. If the outdoor temperature is too low in winter, Philodendron Birkin can get frostbite. Philodendron Birkin is, after all, a tropical plant that likes warm, moist conditions. To grow in good condition, air humidity should be kept between 50-75%. If humidity is below 50%, Philodendron Birkin tends to appear yellow leaf and dry edges. It is often use these ways by spraying, sprinkling water to increase the humidity of the air.
Beginners can use the following methods to increase humidity for Philodendron Birkin:
  • Use a humidifier and spray gently around  Philodendron Birkin leaves but not on the leaves.
  • Pile plants that like high humidity together to form a slightly wet zone to maintain humidity, which is good for Philodendron Birkin growth
  • DIY humidifier. Place a Philodendron Birkin pot on top of a shallow water tray filled with pebbles or other medium. Don't put the pot in the water; it will humidialize as the water evaporates
Some people suggest spraying Philodendron Birkin leaves can increase humidity, but this is not recommended! Spraying leaves will only moisturize for a short period of time. You need to do this constantly to maintain moisture, while leaving Philodendron Birkin leaves wet for a long time can lead to infestation.

Philodendron Birkin Lighting

Philodendron Birkin is ideal for caring under bright scattered light. Do not keep Philodendron Birkin leaves in shade for a long time. Otherwise, Philodendron leaves tend to turn yellow. If you can find the right spot for this light, Philodendron Birkin leaves will have more pinstripes, especially on new leaves, and the pinstripes will gradually turn bright white. Adjust the location of Philodendron Birkin plants so that they are not directly exposed to strong light and can enjoy adequate sunlight in winter if you grow Philodendron Birkin indoors. Rotating Philodendron Birkin pot regularly allows it to grow more evenly with full exposure to light.

Philodendron Birkin Watering

Watering is the most important step in caring for Philodendron Birkin. The soil must be kept moist (wetting means keeping the basin soil slightly wet) during spring and summer. In the fall and winter, water Philodendron Birkin when the soil is dry. Keep a permeable flowerpot and soil with your Birkins. Don't let water accumulate, as it may cause the Philodendron Birkin plant root rot. This can be done by inserting the finger into the basin about 5cm, which should be the length of the two joints of the finger. If it is already dry, it can be directly water through; Be careful only to water the soil and do not wet Philodendron Birkin leaves. Sometimes the soil is too dry and water can seep through quickly. The soil is not completely wet. Be patient and water the soil several times until it soaks. You can also use a dipping basin
  • Always check the soil moisture level with your finger or a tool before watering. Don't water by feeling.
  • Pay attention to the water temperature in winter, too cold is easy to frostbite Philodendron Birkin roots, which can be kept indoors for a day after warming up.
  • Make sure you use a flowerpot that breathes well for Philodendron Birkin. Some flowerpots and containers don't have a drain hole under them.
  • High humidity is not more watering, but to improve the humidity of the air.
  • Make sure that Philodendron Birkin plants are in a well-ventilated environment. Good ventilation also affects the evaporation rate of water from pot soil.
Philodendron Birkin

Philodendron Birkin Fertilization

Fertilization of Philodendron Birkin should follow the principle of thin and frequent application of fertilizer, and nitrogen fertilizer should be the main fertilizer. Philodendron Birkin grows slowly at low temperatures, and fertilization may burn the root system, so it is better to stop fertilizer in winter.
  • If conditions suitable, Philodendron Birkin also grows year-round and can be fertilized when leaf growth is evident.
  • If the new soil is used and the base fertilizer has been added, there is no need to add additional fertilizer.
  • If the temperature and humidity are suitable, Philodendron Birkin still grows slowly and its leaves don't grow very large, whcih means lack of fertilizer.
  • More fertilizer is not always better. Excessive fertilizer accumulation can damage Philodendron Birkin roots.

Philodendron Birkin Ventilation

Indoor Philodendron Birkin plant often appears red spider, scale insects and other pests, mostly due to lack of ventilation! This is one of the most overlooked things for beginners.
  • Due to poor ventilation and slow evaporation of water, Philodendron Birkin soil is prone to excessive wetting for a long time, resulting in the emergence of diseases and insect pests, and even root rot.
  • Buy small fans to ventilate Philodendron Birkin plants. In winter, don't put them under Windows to blow cold air.
  • If the environment is special and adequate ventilation is not available, you can compensate by reducing watering and placing Philodendron Birkin in a sunny environment. You can also adjust the soil distribution and choose a more permeable pot.

Philodendron Birkin Pest Control

Philodendron Birkin disease is mainly a physiological disease caused by improper care or environmental, which can be prevented by good care measures. Spraying carbendazim and chlorothalonil to prevent Philodendron Birkin disease. The main pest of Philodendron Birkin is red spider, which is usually caused by dry air. It can be effectively prevented by spraying water frequently and wiping the leaves. When there is pest, special insecticide should be sprayed for control.
Philodendron Birkin

Philodendron Birkin Propagation

The propagation of Philodendron Birkin are cutting, sowing and dividing. It is better to adopt cutting and dividing method for propagating Philodendron Birkin at home, and the operation is relatively simple. Philodendron Birkin cutting propagation is appropriate in early summer. Cut the stems of Philodendron Birkin, which grow well and have long branches, and insert them directly into clean river sand and place them in half shade. Keep high air humidity and temperature at about 25℃, and it will take root in 20-25 days. When Philodendron Birkin grows small plants at the base, it can be combined with soil change and pot change. Small plants can be carefully separated from the old Philodendron Birkin plants, so as not to hurt the old plants and the roots. It can also pick the side plant in advance, which can dwarf the plant and give birth to more side plants. When the new side plant has about 15 centimeters, cut off the root with air and plant another.

Philodendron Birkin FAQs

Is Philodendron Birkin Toxic?

Philodendron Birkin is a poisonous plant. Its leaf juic, roots and leaves are poisonous. Accidentally touching or ingesting its juice can cause pharynx and mouth discomfort, serious suffocation, resulting in heart paralysis, and even death. Skin contact with the SAP can cause itching or intense irritation, and eye contact with the SAP can cause severe conjunctivitis and blindness. If your family has kids or pets, it is not recommended to grow Philodendron Birkin.

Does Philodendron Birkin Need Regular Pruning?

Since Philodendron Birkin grows slowly, it doesn't need to be pruned very often, just by removing the old yellow leaves.

What if Philodendron Birkin Leaves Turn Yellow

1. When growing Philodendron Birkin, air humidity should be kept between 50-75%. When the humidity is below 50%, Philodendron Birkin tends to appear yellow leaves.
2. Philodendron Birkin should not be placed in a shady environment for a long time, otherwise the leaves will easily turn yellow.