Last Updated on February 2, 2023 by Clarisse Walters
Philodendron birkin is a very popular house plant of tropical origin. It has large, fleshy leaves which have a sheen because of the natural glossy outer coat.
But these plants do not need too much looking after and are a convenient species to have at home. For new gardeners these are the right species to start with as they are hardy as well as beautiful.
Recommended Philodendron Birkin Soil Conditions
Philodendron birkin requires moist soil with proper drainage to grow well. So mix the potting soil with peat moss, perlite and charcoal in the right quantities to ensure the right rate of drainage.
It also requires some components mixed into the soil that will hold moisture effectively. Adding organic compost and some orchid bark will help to retain the right amount of moisture.
How Do You Multiply A Philodendron Birkin?
Philodendron birkin is an easy plant to multiply. You can use the following methods:
Stem-cutting – Cut a healthy section of the stem. Remove lower leaves and put in water.
Wait for the roots to appear. Then plant the new sapling in soil.
Division – If the plant has many offshoots separate a healthy portion with shears. Make sure that the section has healthy roots.
Plant the section in fresh soil. Continue with normal care.
Air Layering – Make a vertical incision in a healthy section of the stem. Open the incision and wrap up peat moss on the side of it.
Eventually new roots will grow. Then you can cut this section off and plant it.
What Is The Best Philodendron Birkin Fertilizer?
Since Philodendron birkin grows in humus-rich rainforest soil, provide proper nutrients when you place them indoors. They require macronutrients like nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium and sulfur
They also require trace minerals like copper, iron and zinc. If you want to use commercial fertilizer then a good 20-20-20 balanced fertilizer is what you need.
In case of home-made fertilizers use compost and preferably with vermicomposting. An infusion of manure tea into this fertilizer helps the plant very much.
How Long Does It Take For Philodendron Birkin To Grow?
It takes about three to ten years for the Philodendron birkin to reach full size based on the conditions in which the plant is growing. It can grow up to 50 to 100 cm or as much as three feet tall.
Each of the leaves can grow to 20 cm length. The variegation or the cream coloured stripes appear only when the leaves fully mature.
But under perfectly maintained conditions and with excellent gardening it can reach full size a lot sooner. In fact it can grow as much as 4 inches in a week.
Does Philodendron Birkin Grow Fast?
Philodendron birkin is naturally a slow growing plant. So it does not need too much pruning.
It can stay in the same pot for more than a season. But every repotting allows for changing of the soil which increases the available nutrients for the plant.
Maintaining good lighting, humidity and soil condition is the way to make these plants grow faster. When the roots start poking out of the draining hole the plant should be repotted to help it keep growing.
Philodendron Birkin Reverting
When the mature Philodendron birkin starts producing leaves without creamy striations it is said to have lost variegation. Such a plant is reverting or going backwards.
Philodendron birkin can start reverting due to undernourishment. This can be because of lack of sunlight, moisture or fertilizers.
To solve the problem of reverting the plant must be given ideal light and humidity conditions. The plant must also be repotted with fresh nutrient rich fertilizer added in the soil.
How To Grow Philodendron Birkin Full Size
The Philodendron birkin will grow to full size under ideal conditions for its growth. It requires bright indirect sunlight like in a window sill.
Too much sunlight can damage the leaves of these plants. They must also be watered regularly with soil allowed to fully dry between waterings.
They must also be provided with a proper mix of fertilizers with balanced macronutrient and micronutrient content. Soil must be changed and the plant repotted after one or two seasons to maintain a healthy root system.
Why Is My Philodendron Birkin Drooping?
Philodendron birkin can droop because of several reasons, the main reason is improper watering.
The plant may droop for both overwatering and underwatering and care must be taken to avoid both.
The plant may also have droopy leaves if it is placed in a cold region of the house or with cold drafts. But another reason for drooping is a disease called fire blight which can be treated with proper care.
H3: Why Is My Birkin Not Growing?
Stunted growth of Philodendron birkin may be caused by several factors. It could mean that your plant is not getting enough moisture or the right temperature.
It needs at least 50% moisture and a little more is better. Temperature should be above 60°F and must be warmer during the day.
If you can maintain the temperature and humidity at these ranges then the plant should start growing normally. If it still does not work then repot the plant in a fresh soil mix with proper drainage.
What Is The Average Philodendron Birkin Price?
Philodendron plants vary in price based on size of the plant and you can get them easily. Here’s a list of possible price ranges:
- A small plant with a few leaves should cost between $10 to $30.
- A medium plant which is fully houseplant sized should cost between $33 to $100.
- A large established plant can cost above $100.
Philodendron Birkin Benefits
Here’s a list of some of the advantages of having a Philodendron birkin at home:
- It is aesthetically pleasing because of the large green and fleshy leaves with cream-colored striations.
- It is good for air quality because it removes pollutants and adds oxygen to the room.
- It is easy to maintain and a good starting point for a budding gardener.
- It is a sturdy plant and does not require too much money to maintain it well.
Philodendron Birkin Watering Requirements
Philodendron birkin requires humid soil but it should not be overwatered as it leads to root rot. You can water it about once a week to maintain good soil condition.
But the plant is better at tolerating drought than too much water. So make sure the top portion of the soil is dry before rewatering.
Can I Propagate A Birkin In Water?
Philodendron birkin can propagate in water but only under specific conditions. It can be made to produce fresh roots by putting a stem cutting in water.
But you must take care to select a stem in good condition and remove all the leaves. The water must also be fresh with good sunlight and temperature, with rooting hormones being optional.
FAQ Relating To How To Grow Philodendron Birkin
You must still have many questions about your Philodendron birkin. Let us try to answer some of them.
How Much Sun Does A Birkin Plant Need?
A birkin plant needs enough sunlight to stay healthy but not so much that the leaves bleach. So you should keep the plant on a window sill with indirect sunlight.
Any well light portion of the house will also work as long as there is 12 hours of sunlight. If the plant isn’t receiving the right lighting conditions then the leaves will start showing signs of poor health.
Can You Propagate A Birkin From A Leaf?
No, The leaf alone cannot be used to propagate a birkin plant. The stem is needed.
If you have a single node then the roots can start to grow from it. In fact such a stem cutting does not require leaves.
Where Do You Cut A Philodendron Birkin To Propagate?
To propagate Philodendron you need a stem cutting. This can be a health stem with at least a node.
But the plant can also grow if you cut off an offshoot of the main stem. But this offshoot must have roots.
How Often Do You Water A Birkin Plant?
You should not water your birkin plant too often. It cannot tolerate overwatering.
Watering it about once a week is enough. But make sure the top layer of soil is completely dry when you water it.
- Philodendron birkin requires the right temperature (above 60°F) and the right humidity (above 50%)
- Avoid overwatering a birkin plant by making sure the top soil is dry before watering it.
- It is a slow growing plant and does not require too much pruning.
- Repot once every seasons or two to change the soil.
- It is a hardy plant which adds both aesthetically to the house and by improving air quality.
- They propagate in many ways including stem cutting, air layering and division.
- The plant is much more susceptible to root rot due to overwatering than drying up due to underwatering.
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