Philodendron Birkin Care
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Philodendron Birkin Care

Welcome to our guide to philodendron birkin care and propagation. The main take away for good care of a philodendron birkin is to give it enough indirect light to bring out the variegations, but not too much so as to burn the leaves…

Philodendron Birkin Care Summary

Light needs:Bright indirect sunlight
Watering needs:Water once a week if dry
Fertilizer:Balanced feed, once a month in summer
Soil:Rich, well draining
Humidity:High end of normal household humidity – mist them 3 times a week.
Temperature:20-28°C (68-82°F), don’t let them get down to below 10°C (50°F) for too long
Where to buy:Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.
Other names:Philodendron ‘White Wave’.
Common issues:They need plenty of light due to the variegation, but can also burn if given too much light.


Welcome to our guide to philodendron birkin care. This variegated beauty is known for it’s thin white lines on dark green leaves. It is a relatively easy to care for philodendron and a relatively cheap way to own a stunning variegated houseplant. They can be slow growing for a philodendron, but easy to look after.

Fun fact: the birkin is a variegated cultivar of the Philodendron Rojo Congo.

Light Needs

Your philodendron birkin needs a good amount of indirect sunlight, as it is variegated and you want it to keep it’s white stripes. Do not give it direct light as it can burn the leaves. They key is balance, it needs light as the white areas cannot photosynthesize as well as green parts of the leaves, but at the same time these parts of the leaves are susceptible to sunburn if given too much light.

Tip: the key philodendron birkin care is to give them as much indirect sun as you cn (but not direct) and let them almost dry out before watering again.

How Often to Water A Philodendron Birkin

Go to water your birkin once a week and only water it if the soil is dry.


Use a balanced fertilizer once a month in the summer months to encourage growth in your philodendron birkin.


Use a well-draining peat based potting compost rich in organic matter. For more on Philodendron soil see our guide on what to buy or how to make your own: Philodendron Soil.

When To Repot A Philodendron Birkin

A philodendron birkin can grow really quickly and get root bound, so it is good idea to repot it yearly, spring is the best time.


Philodendrons like the higher end of household humidity. Give them a misting two or thee times a week.


20-28°C (68-82°F) is a good temperature, as they are tropical plants, but will tolerate much lower. Just don’t let them get down to below 10°C (50°F) for too long as too much cold can kill them.

How To Propagate Philodendron Birkin

To propagate philodendron birkin you want to take stem cuttings, root them in water and then pot up after a month or two into soil. Take the cutting back to the node and make sure to include a leaf or two.

After taking the cutting, let the wound callous over for a few hours so the wound heals. Then put the cutting in a jar of filtered tap water to root and keep it warm and well lit for a couple of months. You can pot it up into soil when the roots are established.

Is It Toxic To Cats?

They can cause vomiting and irritation of the mouth if eaten, so seek vets advice if you think your cat has eaten any.

Philodendron Birkin Vs Calathea

These two plants are easy to tell apart, as they grow very differently despite both being striped. Tyhe birkin is dark green with thin pin stripes, calatheas have bigger stripes and more ornate patterning. The philodendron birkin is self heading, calatheas are not, every branch / stem will grow direct from the roots / rhizomes.

Philodendron Birkin Vs Congo

The birkin is a Philodendron Rojo Congo that has been bred for it’s variegation.

Philodendron Birkin Vs White Measure

Philodendron Birkin and the White Measure are the same plants, just different names for it. the white measure may be whiter, but it is just one with more variegation, or been grown under a light.

Philodendron Birkin Vs White Wave

They are the same plant, just different names.

Do Philodendron Birkin Like To Be Root Bound?

It is best to pot them up when the roots start to get crowded as they can get root rot if water gets stuck between tightly crowded roots.

Do Philodendron Birkin Flower?

They can flower, although the flowers are not very remarkable and it only tends to happen rarely.

Do Philodendron Birkin Revert?

It can revert back to a rojo congo, with just green leaves. It is best to give it plenty of light (but no direct) and it should encourage the variegation as much as possible, you can cut off the reverted leaves back to the node to try to encourage a variegated one to grow back. Never the less they can still revert as the variegation is not very stable.

Can Philodendron Birkin Grow In Water?

You can grow them in water, it is best if you start with a cutting and root it in water, then it should be able to grow there indefinitely as long as you keep the water topped up and change it if it goes cloudy.

Where To Buy a Philodendron Birkin

They are not that rare and will come up in florists and plant shops you can also try our list of Rare Plant Shops.

Other Names for Philodendron Birkin

Philodendron ‘White Wave’.

Philodendron Birkin FAQs and Common Problems

Aside from the normal overwatering and underwatering issues, birkens can be susceptible to issues from light – they are variegated and so need more light energy from the sun, but at the same time the variegations cause them to be easily burnt, so they need a plenty of indirect sunlight, but no direct.

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