Philodendron Birkin is a great house plant. It is slow growing and perfect for a desk or table-top. It also grows well under LED or fluorescent lights. It’s a fairly new variety in the Philodendron family and is becoming quite trendy.
The large dark green leaves striped with off-white are beautiful. No two leaves are the same.
This philodendron does not climb or need support. A mature plant can reach a height and width of three feet.
Easy to grow, Philodendron Birkin prefers medium to bright indirect light. It is sensitive to overwatering, and grows well in an aroid soil mix. You can make your own, or purchase it ready-made at a garden nursery. This soil planting mix drains well, but retains some moisture. There are several recipes on the internet, and can be easily found by searching for Aroid Soil Mix.
This plant does like humid conditions of at least 40%. 50 to 70% is even better. When I checked our hygrometer seen above, I was very happy to see our house humidity was right where our new plant likes it.
Pruning is not usually necessary unless a leaf is dead or damaged. You can fertilize in the spring and summer with a weak houseplant fertilizer.
Philodendron Birkin can be propagated by removing a healthy looking stem with a clean knife or scissors. Remove the lower leaves and place the cutting in room temperature water. Place in indirect sunlight and refresh water every few days. When the cutting has produced several long roots, it is time to plant in an aroid soil mix. Be cautious with the new roots. Once planted, care for the new plant as you do with the mother plant.
Plant division is another way to propagate Philodendron Birkin. As the mother plant matures, it will grow offshoots. When these offshoots have grown large enough you can separate them from the main plant. You should remove the mother plant from its pot and gently loosen the offshoots then place them in water until the roots grow sufficiently. When it is time, plant them in their own container, once again using a good quality aroid soil mix. Return the mother plant to the original pot, or a slightly larger one if needed.
I have not tried propagating my plant yet, because it is so new. I will use these directions which I found on the internet, once my plant is large enough. I will share my experience when I do. I hope you have enjoyed learning about this beautiful houseplant. Please let me know if you have any questions or have a Philodendron Birkin of your own. I would love to hear about your experience.
While researching Philodendron Birkin, I read in several articles that it is slow growing, but later read that it is fast growing in the right conditions. It will be interesting to see if my Birkin is a fast or slow grower. Will be sure to let you know.
What a wonderful article. I’ve never heard of this plant!
Thanks, Nicole. I loved the variegated leaves. I had never seen one before, either. I had to have one. 🙂 I appreciate your comment.