Plant Care Philodendron Birkin

Philodendron Birkin

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Philodendron Birkin has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves
Philodendron Birkin has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

About Philodendron Birkin

Philodendrons grow aerial roots that grip the bark of trees, allowing them to grow over 20 feet tall! Their heart-shaped leaves change shape as they climb and can grow larger than a dinner plate. Fossils show Philodendrons growing as far back as 30 million years ago when South America was still connected to Antarctica! ❄️

Taxonomy

Philodendron 'Birkin'
Philodendron
Araceae
Alismatales

How to care for Philodendron Birkin

💦 Water

How often to water your Philodendron Birkin

Water needs for Philodendron Birkin
0.5 cups
every 9

Philodendron Birkin needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Philodendron Birkin

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Philodendron Birkin in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Philodendron Birkin: 6ft from a window
6ft or less from
a window

Philodendron Birkin can tolerate being far from a window and light source.

Place it less than 6 feet from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Philodendron Birkin in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Philodendron Birkin

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Philodendron Birkin: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Philodendron Birkin after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Philodendron Birkin is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Benefits of Growing Philodendron Birkin →

Common Philodendron Birkin Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Philodendron Birkin prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Philodendron Birkin Water Frequency →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Philodendron Birkin can tolerate being far from a window and light source. Place it less than 6 feet from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Philodendron Birkin Light Requirements →

Philodendron Birkin Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Philodendron Birkin is not safe to consume. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian. If you have children, cats, or dogs in the home, we suggest keeping this plant out of reach.

Philodendron Birkin Toxicity to Dogs →

Philodendron Birkin Toxicity to Humans →


💨 Humidity

Philodendron Birkin prefers dry environments. Providing extra humidity or misting your plant allows water to linger on leaves, which can create the perfect environment for harmful types of fungi.

Philodendron Birkin Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Philodendron Birkin does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

When and How to Successfully Repot Philodendron Birkin →


💩 Fertilizer

Philodendron Birkin should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!

How Much and When to Fertilize Philodendron Birkin →


❄️ Dormancy

Philodendron Birkin does not have a typical pattern of dormancy. If you notice their growth slowing down substantially, double check that they are getting enough sunlight and water to thrive!


🌎 Native Region

Philodendron Birkin is native to Central, South America, and the Caribbean.


🌸 Flowers

Philodendron Birkin produces flowers in the wild, but does not flower when kept as houseplants.

Philodendron Birkin Flowers →


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Philodendron Birkin is a naturally climbing plant and can be trained to climb indoors if you provide a moss pole or trellis. The newest growth will emerge from the end of the stems.

How and When to Prune Philodendron Birkin →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Philodendron Birkin can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 10a-12a. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Philodendron Birkin Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

Philodendron Birkin can be propagated by the stem method. To propagate:

  • Make a cut just above the node. The node is the break in the stem where the leaf emerges.
  • To get the cutting to root, you can either:
    • Place the cutting in water until roots emerge and are ~2” long and then transplant into well-draining soil, or
    • Place the cutting directly into well-draining soil and water when dry.

🍂 Yellow Leaves

Yellow leaves aren’t always a reason to panic, and can be a normal part of a plant’s life cycle. Unless brand new leaves are turning yellow or all the leaves change color at once, it’s likely just your plant shedding old leaves.

Overwatering and root rot are the most likely cause of problems in Philodendron Birkin, since they are sensitive to wet soil. The leaves may also appear to be curling or drooping. Less often, yellow leaves are caused by underwatering, nutrient deficiencies, or pests.

Replace soggy soil with fresh, dry soil and download Greg to make sure your plant never gets overwatered again!


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Philodendron Birkin

Philodendron Birkin

Philodendron Birkin


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 6ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Philodendron Birkin has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 71
Philodendron Birkin has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 62
Philodendron Birkin has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 56
Philodendron Birkin has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 19
Philodendron Birkin has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 13
Philodendron Birkin has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 5
Philodendron Birkin has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 3
@MessyJessi avatar
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04/17/2022

Pretty easy to take care of! I’ve had her 2 months and she’s already putting out a new leaf! Does fine in a north facing window and isn’t too dramatic if I forget to water her right away

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globe Goodyear, AZ
03/15/2022

Shine firm variegated leaves. Seemingly easy to grow, and stays green!!

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globe Solana Beach, CA
03/12/2022

Beautiful leaves, sturdy plant, easy to care for. Love this plant 🪴 💚

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globe Naperville, IL
03/04/2022

I love this philodendron Birkin! The white lines on the large leaves are beautiful. It stretches its leaves out toward the direction of the sun so it really has to be rotated for even growth. Everything I’ve read says it’s easy to care for.

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globe Cincinnati, OH
02/14/2022

I bought this when I first moved into my apartment almost a year ago, and it has thrived in my bathroom. It’s a pretty hardy plant, and I don’t think I could kill it if I tried.

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globe Homestead, FL
02/07/2022

Let it dry out!!

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globe Austin, TX
01/30/2022

So much energy, so little drama. I have many plants. He may be my fave. He’s certainly my Good Child.

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globe Leawood, KS
01/13/2022

I love these philodendron. Very fun to watch grow. You never know exactly what the leaves will look like when they unfurl.

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globe Baltimore, MD
01/11/2022

I love this plant! It’s been growing so quickly and the variegation is absolutely beautiful! Very low maintenance for a beautiful reward.

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12/14/2021

i’m not too sure if i just have great green thumbs but my Burlington has produced 3 fully white leaves in under 6 months. loves a good light spot as well as occasional misting

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globe Boise, ID
12/12/2021

I love that each new leaf is different 💚 beautiful to look at

@stait avatar
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12/10/2021

I love him so much, i’ve definitely been late on a few waters, but he’s strong no the less. sturdy, big, and beautiful

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globe Portland, OR
12/07/2021

Likes indirect light, and water every week or so when it’s mostly dry. Seems to be very happy in its well-draining coco coir + perlite mix. Each new leaf that has unfurled has been even more variegated than the last and so rewarding!

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globe Washington, DC
11/24/2021

I’ve had some ups and downs with my birkin, but overall I love it. Too much light and it can burn or put out pure white leaves, which look cool but can’t photosynthesize - so just watch out for that.

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11/17/2021

Not too fussy with bright light requirements. Slowly growing from 60watt grow light almost 3 feet away.

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10/15/2021

Likes bright indirect light. Loves humidity!

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globe Melbourne, Victoria
10/04/2021

this plant grows really easily if you just water it once a week or so and give it sunlight :)

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@Relle avatar
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globe Watanobbi, New South Wales
09/23/2021

Very easy to grow. I have had mine for about 3 years, only repotted it once. A bit slow growing but always looks good.

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@Victoria
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globe Vancouver, British Columbia
09/14/2021

Love them

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09/01/2021

Picky about its surroundings and very hard to care for

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