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You might have seen the Mile Marker boards that parents create for their children – they highlight things like the height, weight, likes, and dislikes of their child at various stages of life. We at Nick’s Garden Center think Plant Parents should have something like this for their Plant Babies as well! Our Plant Parent Chalkboard Photos and blogs will provide you with an overview of what each plant needs in order to “grow up” happy and healthy!

Birkin is a newcomer to the houseplant scene! With its light in color and fine stripes running along its bright green leaves, Birkin is the Pinstripe Suit of the plant world. As Birkin is a new discovery, not many definite characteristics are known about it.

Here’s what we do know:

  • We know that this philodendron member of the araceae family is more slow growing than some of its family members.

  • It grows in a vertical direction, with leaves extending out, but not far from the plant.

  • It is not pet safe, but is thought to be air cleaning.

  • Birkin’s signature stripes grow to be more prevalent as the leaves mature.

  • It may produce flowering spathes, but few have been recorded.

  • Birkin prefers medium to bright indirect sunlight. It likes humidity but will tolerate a dry climate, and prefers temperatures between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • Like Philodendron Hope, this is a non-vining philodendron.

  • Use a soil and a pot that are well draining. Because Birkin is slow-growing, it will be a while before you have to re-pot.

  • As with other houseplants, Birkin will benefit from having its leaves dusted now and then.

  • Birkin is a great plant for beginners who want something unique to add to their growing collection!

Birkin is related to the Red Congo Philodendron. As a result of this relation, you may see your BIrkin begin to develop red spots or leaves, and it could eventually morph back into its Red Congo coloring. This isn’t due to poor care, but instead just a natural possibility for this very interesting plant. Typically this change occurs near the topmost part of the plant, and it may be possible to stop the change by clipping away the part that is beginning to change.

Happy Plant Parenting!


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