Philodendron - Birkin


The Philodendron family is very broad, but the Philodendron Birkin is perhaps the most remarkable of the bunch. This incredibly beautiful plant can be instantly recognised by the fine light-coloured stripes on her dark green leaves, which look as if they were added by the delicate hand of an artist. The new leaves, which appear from the top of the plant, are a lot lighter than the lower leaves and provide a beautiful contrasting range of tones that will compliment every home. Like all Philodendrons the Birkin needs a lot of light but prefers to avoid direct sunshine. It is a slow but steady grower, and if given a nice spot to live will slowly increase in size over a long period of time. Make sure that the soil in her pot remains slightly moist, but be careful to avoid over-watering- she has delicate roots and doesn’t like having wet feet!

Partial Sun: Plants that like this type of light are mostly the type of plants that grow on the forest floor, where they are somewhat protected against direct sunlight during some hours of the day. This is also a very normal light situation for many windows, usually with a west- or east- facing window with around 4 hours of direct light each day. This could also be a spot further away from a very sunny window.