Philodendron birkin

Philodendron birkin

  • Aka: white measure, lacy leaf
  • Origin: South America, West Indies - toxic
  • Family: Araceae
  • Temperature: 18 - 25°C, Hardiness: 9-11 Humidity 50-80%

Striking dark green leaves with pale yellow variegated stripes. The leaves are wide, sturdy and oval in shape and the plant produces spathe-type flowers. In its natural environment it can climb up to a meter high and the older the plant gets the more contrast and variegated the leaves become.

They thrive in bright filtered light but if the leaves drop off, it may be a sign of too much light. Watering after the top half of the soil has dried out prevents soggy soil and rotting of roots and stem. Shower the leaves to remove dust so the plant can ‘breathe’ and prevent mites from breeding. Feed every 3-4 weeks with half strength liquid fertilizer that includes calcium and magnesium to encourage foliage growth. Propagate by placing a stem-cutting with a node and leaves to root in water.

Prone to spider mites and mealybugs

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