Philodendron Birkin Care Basics
Philodendron Birkin is a very easy to care for aroid. Like most plant, it starts with the basics of soil, water and light.
Philodendron Birkin Soil Mix
If you are new to aroids, you’ll want to find a good soil mix that works for you. I use various soil and non-soil mixes. What’s going to be the most important is to make sure that your soil, whatever mix you’re using, is well draining. The biggest killer to house plants isn’t under-watering plants, but overwatering them. The easiest way to avoid overwatering your plants is to make sure that the soil isn’t retaining the water for too long.
Philodendron Birkin Watering Needs
If you checked off well draining soil, then figuring out your plants water needs is going to be important. Figuring out how much water your philodendron will need will be based on a lot of things, time of year, temperatures, the amount of sunlight they receive and more. The best way to determine when your plant should be watered is by putting a finger in the soil and determining if the soil is dry or moist. If it’s moist, leave it alone, but if it’s dry, then give it a good soak till water drains from the bottom of the pot.
Your philodendron will tell you if it isn’t happy. You’ll see leaves fall, you’ll see black spots, and usually these causes are not bacterial, fungal or viral, but simply from being overwatered.
Remember, all your plants need a drainage hole. Some people will recommended putting rocks or other fillers at the base, but I do not recommend this.
Philodendron Birkin Light Requirements
Since Philodendrons are canopy plants, it does fine in medium light. It can tolerate low light, but it will not thrive and it will not produce variegation. However, if you’re looking for your leaves to grow larger and mature, you’ll want bright indirect light for your plant. Growing your plant in a high light condition will require more watering. However, if you are placing it in front of bright lights, it will grow fast and will produce more variegation. When this happens, you’ll need to keep the bright light consistent as it each new variegated leaf will produce less food for the plant.
Philodendron Birkin Red Variegation
Philodendron Birkin is a very unstable variegation. You’ll often find people sharing stories about their philodendron birkin’s putting out red variegation. This is happening because it’s actually a philodendron red congo. Learn more about it here.