Philodendron Birkin Plant Facts

The Philodendron birkin is a new Philodendron hybrid variety created by cross-breeding a Philodendron congo and Philodendron imperial green. The plant bares white or yellow pinstripes on its foliage which is a result of a mutation in the genetic makeup of the plant. They are a slow growing, compact variety that is self-heading, therefore, it doesn’t need to be trained to climb as an epiphyte and can support itself! This new hybrid can grow up to 3 feet tall in the home under good conditions like bright indirect light which contributes to the creation of the white stripes!

Botanical NamePhilodendron Birkin
Plant Common NameWhite Wave
Light RequirementsBright, filtered light. Those more extensively variegated varieties need brighter light requirements.
Water RequirementsYou should wait until the topsoil feels dry, then water thoroughly. Make sure that the soil is well-draining to prevent overwatering.
Soil RequirementsUse a well-draining soil mix that doesn’t dry up too fast. A mix of ⅓ perlite and ⅔ soil mix works well. But the ideal potting mix is an Aroid potting mix.
Fertilizer RequirementsFeed your plant every two to four weeks in the spring and summer seasons. We suggest using a balanced, water-soluble plant feed at half strength.
Temperature RequirementsWill do well in the temperature range of 60 degrees Fahrenheit to 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Make sure to avoid drafts.
Humidity RequirementsDoes best in humidity levels of 40% to 70%, but is reasonably resistant to lower humidity levels.
SizeHas a spread of around two feet at maturity and can reach a height of several feet.
Foliage ColorWell-known for its elegant, stunning leaves. It boasts dark green foliage with a glossy finish and variegation on its surface. The leaves have hints of cream and green color creatively combined in the form of stripes.
PropagationIt’s quite easy to propagate even for newbie growers. The easiest technique of propagating is through stem cutting in water or soil.
ToxicityThese plants have a high amount of calcium oxalate crystals. This substance is harmful to both pets and humans.
Repotting RequirementsYou should repot once it shows signs of becoming rootbound to avoid stopping growth.
Pruning RequirementsPruning is only needed to get rid of damaged or dead leaves.
Growth ZoneYou can grow outside in USDA zones 10 and 11.
Common ProblemsCommon problems include bacterial leaf spots, brown spots, drooping, leaves curling, reverting, and yellow leaves.
PestsThrips, scale, spider mites, and mealybugs.
Where to BuyYou can buy Philodendron Birkin in your local nurseries or online stores such as Etsy or Amazon.