2021 New Philodendron Birkin Care Guide for Beginners
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2021 New Philodendron Birkin Care Guide for Beginners

This Philodendron Birkin care guide will prepare you for bringing this new plant into your home or office! The Philodendron Birkin, also known as the Philodendron “White Wave,” is actually the result of a genetic mutation in the Philodendron Congo Rojo. This gorgeous plant is also known by its common name of “white wave.”

Philodendron Birkin Overview

Philodendrons were first discovered in the Brazilian rainforests in the 1600s, so these plants are meant to live in tropical locations. They are easily recognizable for their striking white and green striped leaves, with no two leaves being the exact same. Fun fact: the Birkin leaves can actually mutate (again!) and turn red or cream!

Follow the rest of this guide for more on how to properly care for this beautiful home addition.

Looking for more beginner plants that are easy to start your home’s indoor garden? Read our No Fuss Plants guide for a few more ideas of easy starter plants!


Watering is the most challenging part of Birkin care. Underwatering results in the plant wilting, and the contrary can cause root rot. Based on our experience, we recommend watering the plant every 7-10 days. If you stick your finger in the dirt and it is dry up to your first knuckle, you can water. A moisture meter can help if you are unsure.

Adjust the watering accordingly throughout the seasons, and take note of whether your plant is situated under a heating or cooling vent, as that can impact moisture levels. For example, in the winter this plant will not need as frequent watering.

Additionally, make sure the planting medium is dry before watering. When watering, thoroughly water the potting mix, then allow it to drain.

philodendron birkin houseplant in white pot held by hands


Lighting and Humidity

Although Philodendron Birkin can survive in lightly shaded conditions, they prefer to get more light than shade. Avoid direct sunlight, as the leaves can become sunburned when exposed to too much light. Extremely low light conditions will result in delayed growth.

The best light options are east or west-facing window, or a shaded southern-facing window, where it will get good light but not enough to cause a burn. Bottom line: birkins need bright, indirect light for 12 hours a day!

Philodendron Birkin Humidity Needs

The tropical plant does well in high humidity environments. During the winter, when the air is dry, try to artificially raise the humidity by misting the plant or grouping it with other plants.

Keep the plant in temperature ranging between 65-75°F; ensure temperatures do not fall below 55°F, as that can cause harm to the plant’s system. 

Soil and Fertilizer

Use well-drained soils with moderate water retention capacity. For optimal growth, create a potting mix using 50% peat moss and 50% perlite. You can cover the soil mix with worm compost soil. During the summer, apply a balanced liquid plant food every third time you water. This will ensure your plant achieves a maximum growth rate. During other seasons, apply the solution once a month.

If you’re loving the tropical paradise look with your Philodendron Birkin, make sure to check out: 10 Plants to Turn Your Home into a Tropical Paradise

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Cleaning and Pruning

Sometimes the Philodendron Birkin can get browned leaves when not watered properly, or when placed somewhere it experiences too many drafts from AC or heating. Growers can quickly bring it back to shape by cleaning and pruning. Clean using a damp towel or take it out in the rain. Alternatively, take it to the shower and allow water to run over the plant. By keeping the leaves dust-free, you are helping the plant to continue to use photosynthesis to the best of its ability!

Birkin Propagation

Philodendron Birkins are propagated from stem cuttings. The process involves cutting a 4-6 inch stem tip (preferably in spring or summer for best results). Place the cuttings in a glass or vase of clean water for it to grow roots. Change the water out frequently, about every few days. Once roots develop, you can transfer them to soil.

Repotting a Philodendron Birkin

Repot your Philodendron Birkin to a pot one size up when the plant has outgrown its current pot. Birkins are, so you really only need to increase its pot every 2-3 years.

To repot, prepare the potting mix as described above, transplant the plant to the new pot, and water it thoroughly. Allow water to drain and return it to its place. It is suitable to do repotting during summer when the growth rate is high. You can also wait 24 hours before watering – experts advise to do either way!

If you are more of a visual learner, you can also watch this great video of how to repot the Philodendron Birkin: Watch Video

Philodendron Birkin Care Final Thoughts

The Philodendron Birkin is not a problematic plant; however, its lovers must observe watering frequencies to minimize the risk of root rot and keep an eye on the light needs. The plant can also also be attacked by spider mites – watch out for white webbing on the undersides of leaves and stems. You can treat pests with neem oil, should that become a problem.

Please note: the Philodendron Birkin is TOXIC to pets.

Are you now obsessed with birkins? Check out the Philodendron Neon and Moonlight!

close up of leaf on philodendron birkin


Plant Care with Cellar Door Plants

Cellar Door Plants aims to help bring nature into your home. We feel like people nowadays are more distant from nature than ever before. How can we protect the earth with so much distance from everything living around us? While we are based in Seattle, Washington, our greenhouse is located in San Marcos, California.

We are avid plant lovers so every plant sold is packaged and protected with care to guide it to your home safely. We have a wide selection of houseplants with care requirements ranging from easy-to-care-for home additions for beginners to more complicated varieties that require a more experienced grower.

If you’re interested in adding a Philodendron Birkin to your home, head over to our plant shop to purchase!

However, if you’re still not sure which plant is for you, check out our Mystery Plant Subscription Box and you can have a different 4″ indoor plant delivered to your front door every month. This subscription box is perfect for plant lovers who have a hard time deciding on just one!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Does the Peperomia Green Bean need sunlight?

Yes! While the Peperomia Green Bean does not like to be in full, direct sunlight, it prefers to live in places of medium to bright, indirect light. Although the plant can tolerate low light areas which is why this is such a good beginner plant for its low maintenance needs.

Do Peperomia Green Bean succulents like to be misted?

While the Peperomia Green Bean is a variety of succulent, they prefer high humidity environments versus dry deserts. Their leaves are designed to hold water but misting helps to add moisture to the air around the plant allowing it to thrive.

Are Peperomia plants easy to care for?

Yes! Their easy nature makes the Peperomia Green Bean a great starter plant for beginner gardeners.

How do you take care of a peperomia plant?

Proper sunlight and water habits are crucial for the care of a Peperomia Green Bean.

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