Birkin Plant Complete Plant Care Guide

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Birkin Plants are easygoing plants and as they mature, their variegation gets stronger making it a fun plant to have.

Birkin Plants main care directions.

  1. Water. Birkin plant’s like to be watered once the soil is dry. If you stick your finger in the soil and it feels dry, it’s time to give it a thorough watering.
  2. Light. Birkin’s love bright indirect sunlight but can also tolerate lower light. Do not place this plant in direct sunlight and do not place this plant in the darkest corner of your room. A south, east, or west facing window is best.
  3. Fertilizer. Fertilize your plant during the active growing season (spring-summer) with a diluted fertilizer or slow-release granules.
  4. Humidity. Birkin’s are tropical plants and love humidity ranging from 40%-60%.

Now let’s dig a little deeper so you know how to make sure your plant not only survives but thrives in its new home.

Light

Birkin Plant’s do well in a variety of light exposure. You can place this plant in bright indirect sunlight like in a room getting south sun exposure or even morning sunlight.

I would not put this plant in a room getting almost no sunlight because you don’t want to lose the plants beautiful white variegation. Keep your plant looking beautiful by putting it in bright indirect light.

You could possibly put this plant under some grow lights as long as the plant is getting some shade from other plants. I use T5 Barrina plant grow lights and love them. I run them on a timer for 13 hours every day. This allows me to place houseplants in areas where there is absolutely no sun.

Water

One of the most important care tasks of this plant is watering. This plant likes to be watered as soon as the soil is dry and doesn’t want to wait any longer than that.

Dip your finger in about 2 inches and if the soil is dry, you can give your plant a thorough watering. In the wintertime, you can cut back on watering as you would with most houseplants but in the summer, your plant will need more water.

If you’re not sure when to water your plants, use a moisture meter. This is a handy tool that you stick into soil. The meter will read the soil and determine whether the soil is dry, moist, or wet. If the meter is reading closer to the dry side, it’s time to water your plant.

Soil

Birkin Plant’s love well draining soil but also want the soil to retain some moisture. An easy soil recipe is 3 parts all purpose soil to 1 1/2 part perlite.

If you don’t want to make your own potting mix, you can use something like Fox Farm Ocean Forest. This potting mix contains a blend of high quality ingredients great for any houseplant.

Temperature

Birkin Plants thrive in a home that is regular house temperature of 60°F to 80°F (15°C to 26°C). You can also grow this plant outside if you live in USDA hardiness zones of 10-11.

This plant does not do well in colder temperatures outside under 60°F (15°C). It’s important to not place this plant in a spot that gets drafts.

Fertilizer

Fertilize your Birkin Plant when it’s actively growing. For me, that’s year round since I live in a place that doesn’t really get winter.

You can fertilize your Birkin Plant using a slow release granule fertilizer or an organic or synthetic fertilizer.

If you are using a non-organic, synthetic fertilizer, it’s always recommended to dilute the recipe in half because of how strong the N-P-K ratios are. If you are using an organic fertilizer, you typically do not have to worry about diluting the recipe because the N-P-K ratio is so low.

Humidity

Birkin Plant’s love a little bit of humidity, but don’t have a huge need for high humidity. If your home is relatively dry (under 30% humidity), you may want to invest in a humidifier or put your plant under a pebble tray with water. I keep my house at about 40% humidity and my higher needs humidity plants are at about 50% humidity.

Best tips to raise the humidity in your home:

  • Put high humidity plants together in a group. When you group high humidity plants around each other, this creates a humid microclimate. The plants will continue to release moisture around each other through transpiration.
  • Place a pebble tray underneath your high humidity plants. I purchased small rocks at a hardware store and placed them on a planter tray. Place your planter on the tray. Put enough water in the tray until it hits the planter bottom and the water will evaporate around the plant.
  • Get a high-quality humidifier and run it near your houseplants.
  • Mist your plants. Some people say this doesn’t help, but I think it does so I continue to do it.
  • Place high-humidity plants in your bathroom. I place certain high humidity plants in my shower and they’re thriving.
Use a hygrometer to check the humidity around your plants.

Propagation

Birkin Plant’s are easy to propagate and you have a couple of options on how you want to do this.

Birkin Plant’s have nodes so you can simply cut a 45 degree angle under a node and place the stem cutting in clean filtered water. The stem cutting should root in about one month.

You can also use the method of root division. If you have a rather large plant, you may have the option of dividing the plant. You should be able to easily see a place you can divide your plant as it will be completely separate plants. If you can’t, this means your plant doesn’t have any offshoots.

Common Questions

Are Birkin Plants rare?

You can find Birkin Plants at almost any plant store and even big box stores like Walmart and Lowe’s. You can also purchase this plant on Etsy, online plant shops like Steve’s Leaves, and even private sellers on Facebook Market.

How much is a Birkin Plant?

For a 4 inch pot, expect to pay around $10. For a 6 inch pot, expect to pay around $20.

How do you care for Birkin Plants?

To make sure your Birkin Plant thrives, place it in bright indirect sunlight or even medium light. If you live in a dry climate, make sure that your plant is next to other high humidity plants so that the plants can work together to create a mini microclimate of humidity.

Water your plant once the top two inches are dry and give it a thorough watering. Fertilize your plant in the active growing months (new leaves are growing) and pause fertilization when you do not see any active growth.

Are Birkin Plants fast growers?

Birkin plant’s are fast growing if you put it in it’s best environment in your home. If you give it adequate sunlight, water, fertilizer, and humidity, your Birkin Plant will thrive.

Do Birkin plants climb?

Birkin Plant’s do not climb and are rather bushy plants that can get wide and tall.

How do you make a Birkin bushy?

You can encourage your Birkin Plant to get bushy by doing a regular pruning of the plant. Your plant will naturally start creating more leaves at the lower nodes, creating a bushier plant.

Do Birkins have aerial roots?

Birkin Plant’s have aerial roots as they are in the aroid family.

Can you propagate a Birkin from a leaf?

You are not able to propagate a Birkin Plant from a single leaf. Instead, you need to cut a 45 degree angle below a node and place the stem cutting in water.

Why isn’t my Birkin variegated?

If your Birkin Plant is not variegated or even losing variegation, this may mean your plant is not getting enough sun. Place your plant in a spot that is getting bright indirect sunlight.

Are Birkin Plants poisonous?

Yes, this plant is mildly toxic to both animals and humans.

Are all Birkin variegated?

Yes. Birkin Plant’s are known for their beautiful variegation and white stripe leaves and even fully white colored leaves. If you purchased a plant that isn’t quite variegated, it may be because your plant is still very young and hasn’t grown it’s more mature leaves yet (that are often variegated).

Your plant may not be variegated because as the Birkin Plant’s leaves get older, they’ll start to lose their variegation and the newer leaves up top will surprise you with variegation.

Why is my Philodendron Birkin yellow?

If your Birkin Plant is yellowing, this is often due to overwatering. Make sure your plants soil is well draining and not sitting in water. Only water your Birkin Plant when the top two inches are dry.

You can figure this out by using a moisture meter or putting your finger in the soil and checking if it’s dry or wet.

You can also use a chopstick and place it in the soil. If the chopstick comes out with a lot of soil on it, it means the plant is still wet. If the chopstick comes out with no soil on it, it means your soil is dry and ready for a watering.

Why is my Philodendron Birkin leaves curling?

Your Philodendron Birkin’s leaves might be curling because of dry air and needing more humidity. Make sure your plant is getting adequate humidity by using a pebble tray full of water under the plant or placing a humidifier nearby.

Curling can also be because of a cold draft or the plant needing a warmer spot in your home.

Is the Philodendron Birkin a hybrid?

Yes. The Philodendron Birkin is a result of the Philodendron Congo and Philodendron Imperial Green.

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Can you split a Birkin?

If your Birkin Plant has an offshoot, you can split the plant. Most small plants in 4 inch pots do not have offshoots, so you may not have an offshoot to split.

Do Birkin Plants bloom?

Birkin Plant’s do not bloom indoors.

Why is my Philodendron Birkin red?

Birkin Plant’s are a mutation of the Philodendron Red Congo, which makes sense why the Birkin Plant can get red leaves. Philodendron Birkin plant’s are some of the coolest plants because you never know what kind of variegation you’ll get in each leave.

Some leaves come out fully white while others can have a red color. It’s completely fine and is simply a different variegation of the plant.

Is the Birkin Plant toxic to pets?

Yes, this plant is toxic to pets and humans.  You can get more information on toxic and pet-friendly plants at ASPCA here.

Common pests

Some of the most common pests for this plant include spider mites, mealybugs, scale, and aphids. These pests can hurt your plant which is why prevention is key.

To help prevent any pest infestations on your plant, here’s what to do.

  • If possible, inspect your plant before purchasing at the plant store. If you’re buying a plant online, inspect your plant away from your other plants.
  • Regularly check your plants for pests. This is also a great time to clean your plants.
  • Cut off dead leaves.

If you find a plant that has pests on it, quarantine the plant away from your houseplants and clean the plant with an organic or nonorganic insecticide. I use Bonide Systemic on my plants as a preventative and Captain Jacks to kill pests.

I spray the plant and wipe down the leaves and stems twice a week for a month until I know the infestation is gone. Make sure to check all of your other plants as it is easy for pests to spread.

Bonide Systemic Granules are a great way to get rid of unwanted pests.

Common issues

Brown tips: If your Birkin Plant has brown tips, this may be due to over or underwatering. Invest in a moisture meter (under $10) or do the finger or chopstick test.

Yellowing leaves: If your Birkin Plant has yellow leaves at the bottom of the plant, this can be due to old leaves dying off. If the plant is yellowing in the middle of top of the plant, this may be due to overwatering and the soil being waterlogged.

Curly leaves: If your Birkin Plant has curling leaves, this is typically due the plant being cold. Place in a warmer spot getting more sun.

Key Points To Remember

A Birkin Plant will thrive in well draining soil near bright indirect sunlight. When this plant gets adequate sunlight, it’ll grow faster and the variegation will shine through.

This plant loves humidity so placing it on a pebble tray or near a humidifier is beneficial.

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