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Philodendron Birkin

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Description

the Philodendron Birkin is striking and beautiful. The contrast between its dark green leaves and nearly white venation is sure to turn heads. Seriously, it looks as though an artist has taken a paintbrush to these gorgeous leaves. Unlike most philodendrons, this plant is self-heading and does not typically climb. Additionally, it is evergreen, so with proper care (described below), you can expect to see these beautiful leaves year round.

If you love striking foliage and variegation, then the Philodendron Birkin is the plant for you. It will surely look gorgeous on a coffee table or window, and since it is terrestrial and not hanging or climbing, it requires a little bit less in the way of fancy pots or poles.

The Philodendron Birkin is a relatively rare plant.  Although available somewhat widely online, a plant with 10 leaves will cost a little over $50.

Care Instructions

Care Level

Being that the Philodendron Birkin  does not require a moss pole, I’m going to say this goes in the beginner area for house plants.  Be sure not to burn the leaves in overly direct sunlight.

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Temperature

Philodendron Birkin is not cold-hardy, keep the habitat above 60 F, and ideally 70-80 F.  If you see leaves dropping for no reason, it might be too cold.

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Toxicity

The Philodendron Birkin is toxic to both humans and pets due to its oxalate crystals.

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Water

Let the top inch of soil dry before watering again.  Water your Philodendron Birkin less in the winter, and more during its growing season.  This plant has not been well adapted to survive drought because it is not adapted for the wild.  Water more than u usually would for a philodendron.

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Fertilizer

We recommend an npk ratio of 10-10-10 or 20-20-20. during the Philodendron Birkin’s growing season, you should fertilize once a month.  During the winter you should fertilize significantly less frequently.

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Sunlight

Avoid burning in direct sunlight.  Locate the plant in a north or east-facing window.  In the wild, this plant would theoretically be shielded by the forest canopy.  That being said, if your Philodendron Birkin begins to get a bit leggy and less bushy (fewer leaves but longer stems) give her a bit more light. She’s trying to find the sun.

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Propogation

Cut your Philodendron Birkin with sterile sheers.  Wince. Place in not too cold water in a sunny window.  Place in soil when you see some nice roots growing.

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Humidity

Your Philodendron Birkin will flourish in high humidity. you will likely need a humidifier for this.  This will ensure that your Philodendron Birkin grows lush deep green leaves.

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Soil

You should pot your Philodendron Birkin in well-draining soil in order to prevent root rot.  Try coir and perlite.  Nobody likes wet feet

Read more about making your own potting medium here!

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Botany

Native Habitat: Your gorgeous Philodendron Birkin probably has ancestry native to South America.  This gorgeous cultivar is probably related to the Philodendron “Red Congo.” Philodendron cultivation is a somewhat mysterious process, with breeders doing what they can to keep secret the parentage of their Frakenstienian creations.

Life Cycle: The Philodendron Birkin, like all Philodendrons, is a monocot.  She will sprout with one single seed leaf.  Since this plant has never existed in the wild, it is a little difficult to say what its life in a forest would have been like. The Philodendron Birkin seems to have its striking venation pretty early, so do no be afraid to buy a baby.  That being said The really little ones may have just simple dark green leaves, making this plant a little difficult to identify as a youngster.

Botanical Description

Habit: The Philodendron Birkin is a herbaceous, erect, herb.

Roots: All Philodendrons are monocots and therefore have a fibrous root system.  Unlike most semi-epiphytic Philodendrons, the Philodendron Birkin, does not have an epiphytic root modification.  Keep this in mind if you intend to propagate.

Stem: Herbaceous, cylindrical, green, and smooth.

Leaves: Cordate, matte green, obtuse apex, entire margin, white arcuate venation, petiolate attachment, alternate leaf arrangement.

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