Philodendron “Birkin”

Philodendron Birkin

Where does Philodendron “Birkin” come from?

Unfortunately I could not find any information about the origin, because Philodendron “Birkin” is a cultivar. My research for the parent species of this hybrid breeding was also unsuccessful.

Philodendrons are native to Central and South America.

How big does the Birkin Philo grow?

The Birkin Philo is a climber and needs a vine support. The shoots can grow over one meter long. Single leaves reach lengths of 15 to 25 centimeters.

How large the philodendron grows as an indoor plant depends on various factors. For example, the size of the pot, because plants in small pots tend to stay small. This behavior is also used for bonsai cultivation.

Philodendron Birkin

How much light does this Philodendron need?

In order for its leaves to turn an intense color, the Birkin Philodendron must be placed in a bright place. During summer, locations with morning sun or evening sun are ideal. From autumn to spring it can be exposed to the sun all day.

A half-shaded location does not harm it, but can cause the Philo to show only green leaves.

Philodendron Birkin leaves

Can Philodendron “Birkin” be planted in regular potting soil?

Yes, it grows well in it. I only use peat-free soil.

Birkin Philodendron

How often must the Philo be watered?

It is not possible to say in general. In summer, when it is warm, it needs more water, in winter less. It is good if the root ball is always slightly moist but not under water or drying out.

Philodendron Birkin in cachepot

How warm does Philodendron “Birkin” like it?

The Philo feels very comfortable at 68 to 86 °F (20 to 30 °C). Even a few degrees warmer are no problem for him. During winter it can stand a little cooler, at 59 to 68 °F (15 to 20 °C).

Birkin Philo

Does the Philo need fertilizer?

Yes, but not immediately after purchase or repotting, but a year later.

The best time to fertilize is from spring to autumn, when the plants are growing and flowering. Then the Philo can receive liquid fertilizer every 4 weeks. Or sticks, in in spring and summer.

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