Philodendron 'Birkin'

A Beginner's Guide to Philodendron 'Birkin' Plant Care | All you Need to Grow

Family: Araceae   
Common Name: Philodendron Birkin
Botanical Name: Philodendron Hybrid
And now for… the Birkin! Although once hard-to-find, this Philodendron ‘Birkin ‘is now an all-time favorite Philodendron. With its crisp, upright silhouette and contrasting white / yellow veining. Give this houseplant plenty of bright, filtered light, and it will reward you with beautiful new growth! Don’t allow this plant in the cold, and be cautious to not over-water it. To ensure you aren’t over-watering this plant, let it to dry out between watering. If you are looking to keep the variegated leaves vibrant and defined, make sure you give it at least five hours of bright, indirect light a day! We highly recommend this plant, and you’ll soon find out why, if you get yours today!

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Philodendron ‘Birkin’ prefers bright indirect sunlight but can live in lower light conditions. When this plant receives less than 5 hours of indirect sunlight each day, its new leaves will emerge smaller, its vines will become leggy, and vibrant colors and variegation may fade! If your home doesn't have bright indirect sunlight, you can use artificial light as a supplement. We recommend LED grow lights turned on for 8-10 hours daily! Read more about indoor plant lighting needs!


The soil of your Philodendron ‘Birkin’ should be watered thoroughly after the soil is almost completely dry. It indicates that it needs water when the leaves start wilting. Water more often in the growing season and reduce the frequency during winter. It is best to refrain from watering if you cannot decide whether to add more. Water your Philodendron ‘Birkin’ slowly, with room temperature water, and constantly drain any excess water from the pot. If you notice that the soil has become compacted and or so dry that it looks like a dried-up river bed, then soak the entire root ball in a bucket of water for 10 minutes or until the water has been thoroughly absorbed into the soil. This will loosen up the compacted soil.


Philodendron ‘Birkin’ (and all philodendrons in general) love loose, nutrient-rich potting soil. Use a soil medium that can retain moisture but also allows for draining excess water to avoid root rot. Most pre-mixed soils will suffice. Make sure there is plenty of organic matter, like coco-coir, peat moss, or shredded leaves, and avoid soil containing moisture-retaining crystals. If your soil drains too quickly, we recommend repotting it into a compost-rich soil mixture with fewer drainage materials. Learn how to create your universal soil mixture for your indoor plants. 


Most household temperature ranges (65-80°F) are adequate for your Philodendron ‘Birkin’. Temperatures under 55℉ stunt their growth, and prolonged exposure to cold temperatures can be fatal for this tropical indoor plant.


Like most tropical indoor plants, Philodendron ‘Birkin’ will benefit from higher humidity but will do fine in average household air. Higher humidity (over 50%) is always better for tropical houseplants like this one. Learn how to increase the humidity in the air around your indoor plants! 


A Philodendron ‘Birkin’ plant will benefit significantly from regular fertilizing because it is a fast-growing houseplant! Use a weak solution (diluted to ¼ the recommended strength) of a complete liquid fertilizer every two weeks throughout the growing season. Do not fertilize during the winter months. Sometimes this indoor plant will grow all year long. If this is the case, fertilize it during apparent foliage growth with a ¼-strength diluted liquid fertilizer, or top dress the soil with worm castings or rich compost. Learn more about how to fertilize your indoor plants.

Growth Rate

Philodendron ‘Birkin’ plants' mature height is usually around 1 to 2 feet (30 to 60 cm)! It is a compact philodendron plant. Keep in mind that this plants height can vary depending on factors such as its growing conditions, the care its provided, and this specific plants genetics.

Pet Friend or Foe

A Philodendron ‘Birkin’ plant is considered toxic to pets! Foe! 

Pro Tips

  1. Philodendron ‘Birkin’ should not be exposed to the direct light. The direct light can not only burn the plants leaves, but also cause its coloring to fade.
  2. If you are looking to increase humidity levels for your plant, you can do so by using a humidifier or putting a tray of water and pebbles by the plant.
  3. Get rid of any damaged or dead leaves by using clean and sharp scissors. Pruning this plant helps with its overall health and appearance.
  4. Plan to repot your plant every 1-2 years when it starts to become root-bound. Spring would be the best season to do this.


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