Plant profile

Philodendron ‘Birkin’

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Botanical name: Philodendron 'Birkin'

Family: Araceae

Genus: Philodendron

Trade names: Philodendron 'Birkin', Philodendron 'White Measure', Philodendron 'White Wave'

Care difficulty: easy

Light preference: bright indirect light

Minimum temperature: 10° C (50° F)

Optimal temperature: 15-28 °C (59-82° F)

Humidity: medium to high

Watering: water when soil is dry

Fertilizing: 10-10-10, biweekly

Soil: equal mix of coconut peat, orchid bark and perlite

pH: 5.5-6

Repotting: every two years

Speed of growth: slow

Mature size: up to 50cm (1.6ft.) in height

Flower: rarely flowers indoors

Propagation: by tissue culture

Pests: scale, spidermites, mealybugs, aphids, thrips

Diseases: Erwinia blight, Pseudomonas and Xanthomonas leaf spots

Toxicity: toxic (insoluble calcium oxalates)

- 'Birkin' has (unfortunately) unstable variegation and will easily revert to all green leaves.

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