Today I’m going to tell you about another absolute favourite houseplant of mine. Here’s how to grow a philodendron Birkin!
You know how there are just certain houseplants that you’ve come across in photos here and there and they just always catch your eye? Maybe you don’t know what they’re called, but there’s something about the shape of the leaves, or the growing pattern, or the color of the foliage that you just love. I have several of those at all times, but one of those, as I eventually learned, was called “Philodendron Birkin”. I just love the energy of the way the leaves reach up, how they’re thick and kind of rubbery, but have a thin edge around each leaf that catches the light, and now that I own a couple of them, I love how you basically can’t kill them. Well, with a bit of basic maintenance. If you have yet to be introduced to this plant, this is definitely a good one to know about if you want something that will perform well and won’t ask for much in return. Here’s how to grow a philodendron Birkin!
How to Spot a Philodendron Birkin
The thing you’ll notice right away is the beautiful variegation on the leaves of the philodendron birkin. I love the combination of a deep green with a pure white. Often variegated plants lean a bit more towards yellow and green and that’s not my favourite. If a philodendron Birkin has any new leaves popping up in the centre of the plant, they’ll often be pure white, which is kind of neat. They’ll get their variegation later.
The leaves are large and have a beautiful, graceful shape to them with up-turned points. One interesting thing to note is that it seems like not all Birkins actually have the variegation. I have one plant that has solid green leaves and kind of a more spread-out growing pattern, but the leaves are otherwise exactly the same shape and size. It was labeled at a Birkin at the garden centre when I bought it, but I can’t seem to find any info on it anywhere other than that. I know it’s a good one though, so keep an eye out for a non-variegated version of a philodendron Birkin as well.
How to Care for a Philodendron Birkin
I probably wouldn’t be telling you about this plant in the first place if it wasn’t very forgiving, so you can rest assured that a philodendron Birkin is super easy to care for. They like moist soil, but like to dry out between waterings, so watering about once a week is perfect.
They’re not a low-light plant, so keep them near a window, but away from any direct, harsh sunlight at they can be prone to sunburns. Basically, most spots in your home that are near-ish to natural light will be just fine.
Philodendron Birkins are very quick growers and will react well to regular feeding and yearly repotting. I love seeing new leaves pop up on my houseplants so these are very fun plants for me. They will stay happy for a long time in a too-small pot, but I love giving them the room to stretch out and grow, and they’re happy to take it.
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Courtenay Hartford is the author of creeklinehouse.com, a blog based on her adventures renovating a 120-year-old farmhouse in rural Ontario, Canada. On her blog, Courtenay shares interior design tips based on her own farmhouse and her work as founder and stylist of the interior photography firm Art & Spaces. She also writes about her farmhouse garden, plant-based recipes, family travel, and homekeeping best practices. Courtenay is the author of the book The Cleaning Ninja and has been featured in numerous magazines including Country Sampler Farmhouse Style, Better Homes and Gardens, Parents Magazine, Real Simple, and Our Homes.