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All About Philodendron ‘Birkin’

Posted on December 12 2022

This showstopper has unpredictable variegation, making each plant a true individual. Will the next leaf be dark green with creamy stripes? Or will it be all white? There’s only one way to find out… buy yours today! The Philodendron ‘Birkin’ is an easy-care addition for any plant family!

Meet Your Match:

    • Nickname: Birkin
    • About the Family: The Philodendron ‘Birkin’ is a mutation of the Philodendron ‘Rojo Congo’ and is related to other Philodendron varieties, such as the Moonlight and Pink Princess. 
    • Understanding the Family Tree: Araceae (Family), Philodendron (Genus), Philodendron ‘Birkin’ (Cultivar).
    • Hometown: The Birkin is a cultivated mutation of the ‘Rojo Congo,’ which is a native of tropical South America.

    How to Care for Your Philodendron Birkin:

      • Watering: When the first 1-2 inches of soil is dry.
      • Humidity: Average-high. 
      • Soil: Well-draining. 
      • Fertilizer:  During the growing season, use a 20-20-20 blend monthly.
      • Environment: Keep your Philodendron Birkin in bright, indirect light and temperatures above 65 degrees.
      • Propagation: 3-6 inch long stem cutting.
      • Toxicity: Shouldn’t be ingested; toxic to pets and people.

      The Best Unboxing Practices:

        Properly caring for your newly unboxed Philodendron Birkin for the first week of its new life is crucial to the extended wellness of your plant. Follow these practices to get the best results:
          • Watering: Exotic Forest ships freshly watered plants. Do not water your Birkin until it exhibits the proper signs.
          • Repotting: Do not immediately repot your plant, which would likely result in shock and leaf-loss. Allow it to acclimate to its new environment for at least one week. 
          • Lighting: Place your Birkin in filtered, low light for a few days to acclimate. Relocate your Philodendron Birkin to your desired location that fits its care needs afterward. Do not ever place a freshly un-boxed plant in direct sun.

          What You’re Getting:

          • You will receive a carefully selected, quality evaluated 6” diameter plant. All Exotic Forest plants are rooted and thriving. 

          What Makes Us Special:

          • Shipment Methods: Plants are precious, and we want yours to arrive safely! We ship our plants via UPS, with a maximum of 4-day shipping. 
          • Our Packing: Have you received ‘squished’ plants from other companies? Our solution to this common issue is bamboo stakes and biodegradable packing peanuts (starch), which securely holds your plant in place during shipment. 
          • Chemical-free: We are committed to keeping our plants and customers safe. We never treat our plants with chemical pesticides. 
          • Quality Standards: Exotic Forest strives to meet stringent quality standards and evaluates each plant we resource from our nursery. Pest-free, healthy plants are a requirement!
          • Customer Service: Your satisfaction is our priority. If you are experiencing issues with or have questions about how to care for your Philodendron ‘Birkin’, reach out to us at or via our social media accounts. Are you tired of receiving pre-written responses? We believe that plant parents want to talk to people, not robots. A knowledgeable team member reads and replies to each individual concern: no cookie-cutter answers here!
          • Returns: While we do not accept returns at this time, you can contact us at with photos of your plant and receipt to discuss the specific plant care issues you’re experiencing with your Philodendron ‘Birkin’ and possible resolutions.
          • Your Personal Plant-Care Resource: Do you love your new addition? We couldn’t be happier! Join our mailing list to receive exclusive offers, updates, and care tips.

          FAQ about Philodendron Birkin Care:

            • Why does my Philodendron Birkin have yellow leaves? The most common culprit: overwatering. This can happen in two ways. You have either planted your Philodendron Birkin in water-retaining soil or you are watering your plant too frequently. Ensure that your Birkin is planted in potting mix with added drainage, such as perlite and orchid bard. Water your plant when the first 25% of the soil is dry.
            • Can I propagate my Philodendron Birkin in water? The short answer: yes. Take your 3-6 inch long stem cutting, remove any leaves that may come into contact with the water, and place it in a glass of clean water. In a few weeks, once the roots are a few centimeters long, you can plant your propagation in moistened soil!
            • What is Philodendron Birkin’s scientific name? Are you ready for this? It’s Philodendron ‘Birkin.’ Many of the newer hybrid plants go by more common names.
            • What are the Philodendron Birkin’s light requirements? The Philodendron Birkin has higher light requirements than other Philodendron varieties. This is largely due to their variegation; too little light will cause the leaves to revert. To care for it properly, place your Philodendron Birkin in a brightly lit window with indirect sunlight. A few hours of dabbled morning sun is appropriate. Harsh afternoon sun will burn the Birkin’s creamy leaves.

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