Philodendron ‘Birkin’

New growth is almost pure cream white, fading to a darker glossy green as leaves mature. Clumping style philosophydendron stays low.
Philodendron 'Birkin'Philodendron 'Birkin'
height 1–2ft
width 1–2ft
tolerates Heat, Pots
When soil surface is dry.
This plant wants water when the top of the soil is dry, but you can still feel moisture just below the surface. This plant will often fall into a once-a-week watering cycle, but remember that your watering should be based on the moisture left in the soil, which will depend partly on the moisture in the room and the weather outside. The soil “surface”‘ goes a bit deeper for larger pots; for example, a plant in a 14-inch diameter pot should dry out a couple of inches deep before you water it, while a plant in a 4-inch pot will only want to dry out in the top ½ inch or so of soil.

Drooping leaves, crisp brown tips, or a small crown with dwarfed leaves are signs of underwatering. Yellowing or soggy brown leaf tips are signs of under watering (or possibly not enough light in the case of browning leaves.)
exposure Bright Indirect – Partial Direct
fertilizing All Purpose
origin Hybrid

Sunset Zones Map

Indoor Exposure Guide


Direct Sun
Beams of light hitting the plant near a window four or more hours a day. The most intense light. If you're in a direct sun spot, you can feel the warmth of the sun on your skin.

Partial Direct
Occurs when you have a plant that is in less intense direct sunlight. This happens when a plant is in a few hours of direct morning sun, or an hour or less of direct afternoon sun. It also happens when a plant is in direct sun, but more than six feet from a window, where the light is diffused.

Bright Indirect
This is just beyond the direct beam of light (or through cracked blinds or a sheer curtain filtering direct sun). Bright indirect areas are characterized by a place where you can sit and read a novel comfortably without artificial light.

Moderate Indirect
Beyond the bright indirect light. In these areas you wouldn't turn on a light walking through the room, but if you were hanging out there you would probably have the lights on, even during the day.

Low Light
Dim spots, usually the backs of rooms or hallways where you would always turn lights on, even if just walking in to grab something.


Growing Notes

Philodendron leaves will cleanly shed fron the trunk once they are no longer of use to the plant. They also make papery leaf sheaths around the base of each leaf that can be plucked off once dry.
Many philodendrons, including this one, have aerial roots that help them attach to structures in nature, and they add an interesting element to the plant, but they can also be removed without disturbing the plant in the least. If you want, you can lean the plant against a plank, tree or wall and watch it attach itself.
Generally philodendrons are thought of as shade plants, but they can also tolerate a splash of direct sunlight, especially if they are back from a window.