Philodendron Birkin

Scientific Name: Philodendron Birkin

Common Name: White Wave

Philodendron Birkin care is easy and a great indoor plant for people starting with plants. This white wave plant will bring you gorgeous variegated white to yellow foliage with a rich green color.

To give this Philodendron plant the best care, it requires well-draining soil to avoid root rot, consistently moist soil, give it bright indirect sunlight, and a temperature range between 65-75F.

Quick Care Overview

Common NameWhite Wave
Scientific NamePhilodendron Birkin
OriginA cultivar of Philodendron Rojo Congo
Growth RateSlow
IdentificationDark green light yellow variegated foliage
HeightUp to 3 feet tall
SoilWell-draining soil
WaterKeep consistently moist
SunlightBright indirect light
Toxic to Cats & DogsYes
Toxic to HumansYes
PestsSpider mites and thrips
DiseasesRoot rot

Below we will dive deep into this Philodendron Birkin care guide.

Philodendron Birkin Care

Philodendron Birkin History

Philodendron Birkin is a rare, relatively new cultivar of Philodendron Rojo Congo that has become very famous amongst gardeners. Variegated plants have become quite popular in recent times, and the unusual Philodendron Birkin is no exception. Having fascinating pinstripe variegation, this houseplant was specifically bred to be a designer cultivar within the Araceae family.

Philodendron Birkin Identification

Philodendron Birkin has a one-of-a-kind, unique, and stunning appearance. It has dark green variegated foliage with beautiful light-yellow variations. The distinctive leaves grow in different pigments, and all appear different from one another. 

Philodendron Birkin Growth Facts

Requiring little maintenance and having a slow growth rate, this plant is a must-have for many indoor gardeners looking for a unique plant. 

How Big Does a Philodendron Birkin Get?

Philodendron Birkin may grow up to 3 feet tall when grown indoors. 

Caring for Philodendron Birkin

Philodendron Birkin Care

Philodendron Birkin care requires little attention. Maintenance of this plant is easy if you can provide them with the proper growing conditions.

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Philodendron Birkin Soil

Philodendron Birkin likes to have loose, well-draining soil that also has the capacity to retain some moisture. Poor soil drainage will lead to root rot and eventually death of the plant if the drainage issue is not remedied. Therefore, a soilless growing mix such as sphagnum peat moss or coco coir is ideal. Both coco coir and peat moss have an airy quality but are also water retentive. Additions of coarse sand and perlite may also be incorporated to improve this growing medium’s porosity and drainage capacity. 

Philodendron Birkin Fertilizer

Philodendron Birkin will enjoy a weekly liquid diluted balanced fertilizer application throughout the growing season indicated for houseplants. This plant will also tolerate a fertilizer that is rich in nitrogen. Still, a balanced fertilizer typically allows the nutrients to become more bioavailable. Philodendron Birkin also likes to be supplemented with calcium and magnesium, so ensure that you read your fertilizer label to make the proper selection. Do not fertilize in the winter and be careful not to overfertilize, as this may cause chemical burn.

Philodendron Birkin Watering

Philodendron Birkin likes hot and humid conditions and likes to remain consistently moist. However, overwatering may cause root rot or other health issues to your Philodendron. Allow your plant’s topsoil to dry 1-2 inches before rewatering. Soil moisture may be tested by sticking your finger into the soil. 

Philodendron Birkin Light Requirements

Like many other houseplants, Philodendron Birkin prefers to be grown in bright, indirect light imitating the natural environment in which it grows. Too much direct sunlight may cause severe damage, such as wilting foliage that will drop off. Alternatively, too dense of shade will result in the death of the plant. Philodendron Birkin requires 12 hours of light during the daytime and may be supplemented by artificial lighting if you do not have enough natural sunlight. 

Philodendron Birkin Temperature & Humidity

Being a tropical plant, this Philodendron loves having a warm and humid growing environment. The ideal temperature for this tropical plant is between 65-75F during the daytime hours. At night, temperatures may be lower, but they should never drop below 55F, as this may be fatally detrimental to your plant. As Philodendron Birkin is native to the tropics, it naturally loves having high humidity. Increasing your home’s humidity will lead to healthier plants with larger foliage when it comes to tropical plants. To increase the humidity in your home, you may use a pebble tray, use a humidifier, or mist your Philodendrons leaves. 

Repotting Philodendron Birkin

Repotting of this Philodendron should be done about every two to three years or when roots are seen sticking out through the drainage holes, whichever comes first in spring or early summer. Select a pot that is one size larger than the previous one. Refresh soil water and place it in indirect light.

Philodendron Birkin Maintenance & Pruning

This philodendron does not need to be pruned. Remove discolored leaves periodically to enhance the appearance and improve growth. 

How to Care for Philodendron Birkin

Philodendron Birkin Propagation

Propagation of Philodendron Birkin may be done through stem cuttings. To take a stem cutting, ideally find a stem that is 3-6 inches long with a couple of leaves attached utilizing clean, sterilized pruning shears. Fill a large vial with clean water and place the cutting into the water, removing any leaves that may be submerged and letting the top leaves remain above the water in the vial. Refresh the water as it lowers or becomes murky, and within two weeks, you should see roots emerging from the cutting. After roots are seen emerging, ensure that your vial has been placed in indirect light or under a grow light. Once the roots have become an inch or so long, they are ready to be transplanted into soil. While planting, ensure that you cause little disturbance to the roots, as they are very fragile. Water your fresh potted cutting thoroughly and place in indirect light. 

Philodendron Birkin Toxicity

As with many other Philodendrons, Philodendron Birkin contains calcium oxalate crystals, which are toxic to humans and pets. Ingestion should be avoided and hands must be washed after handling this plant.

Toxicity to Humans

Philodendron Birkin is toxic to humans. Gloves and washing hands after handling this plant is strongly recommended.

Toxicity to Cats & Dogs

This Philodendron is considered toxic to pets and should not be ingested. However, if you suspect your cat or dog has consumed any portion of this plant, contact your veterinarian or animal poison control immediately. 

Philodendron Birkin Problems

Philodendron Birkin Leaves Turning Yellow

The foliage of Philodendron Birkin may turn yellow due to overwatering, underwatering, or lack of sunlight. 

Philodendron Birkin Leaves Turning Brown

The most common cause of browning foliage when it comes to Philodendron Birkin is a lack of humidity. Be sure to give it 40-70% humidity levels.

Philodendron Birkin Diseases

This tropical plant may be affected by several diseases such as blight or leaf spot. Ensure that you are not overwatering your plant, as this may also contribute to fungal or bacterial infection. Upon identifying plant disease, treat your Philodendron with a fungicide following all label instructions. Removing diseased roots and foliage and repotting in clean, sterile soil may also be required. 

Philodendron Birkin Pests

Spider mites are the number one culprit when it comes to Philodendron Birkin plant infestation. Another common plant pest to the Philodendron Birkin are thrips. Upon identification of infestation, isolate your plant, and treat with a pesticide such as a neem oil or insecticidal soap. Ensure that you follow all pesticide label instructions. 


Can Philodendron Birkin Live in Water?

Philodendron Birkin can be propagated in water but once roots develop, the plant should be planted in a pot with soil as they cannot permanently live in water.

Is Philodendron Birkin Slow Growing?

Philodendron Birkin can reach a height of 3 feet tall once fully matured. It is a slow growing houseplant to reach the 3 feet in height.

Can Philodendron Birkin Revert?

Being a cultivar of Philodendron Rojo Congo, the Philodendron Birkin can revert and have all of the leaves turn back to a solid green color. To prevent this, take good care of your plant and provide it with lots of sunlight and prune off any leaves that have reverted.

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