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Philodendron 'Birkin'

Philodendron 'Birkin'

Regular price $26.26 USD
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Common Names: Birkin
Botanical Name: Philodendron

Philodendron 'Birkin' Description

The Philodendron 'Birkin' features glossy, dark green leaves that are thick and leathery. Each leaf is adorned with striking white or light green pinstripes, which can vary greatly from leaf to leaf, making each plant unique. The leaves emerge tightly rolled from the center of the plant, gradually unfurling to display their full splendor. Unlike many Philodendrons, the 'Birkin' does not vine but grows upright, making it a tidy choice for smaller spaces.

Care Plan for Philodendron 'Birkin'

Light: This plant prefers bright, indirect light but can tolerate medium light conditions. Too much direct sunlight can cause the leaves to scorch, while too little light may reduce the vibrancy of the leaf variegation. A location near an east or south-facing window covered with sheer curtains would be ideal.

Watering: Water the 'Birkin' when the top inch of soil becomes dry to the touch. Ensure the plant is watered thoroughly, allowing excess water to drain away. Like many Philodendrons, the 'Birkin' is susceptible to overwatering, which can lead to root rot. Ensure good drainage in the pot.

Humidity: Philodendron 'Birkin' thrives in high humidity but will grow well in average household humidity levels. For better growth and to keep the leaves looking their best, consider using a humidifier or placing the plant on a pebble tray with water.

Temperature: Maintain indoor temperatures between 65-75°F (18-24°C). Avoid placing the plant near drafts, heating, or air conditioning vents.

Child and Pet Safety: Like most Philodendrons, the 'Birkin' is toxic if ingested. It contains calcium oxalate crystals that can cause irritation and swelling of the mouth, tongue, and gastrointestinal tract if chewed or swallowed. It is best to keep this plant out of reach of children and pets.

General Tips: Fertilize every month during the growing season with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer diluted to half strength. Clean the leaves regularly with a soft, damp cloth to remove dust and enhance the plant’s natural glossiness. Pruning is rarely needed but can be performed to remove any yellow or damaged leaves.

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