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Philodendron | Birkin-Reverted combo

Philodendron | Birkin-Reverted combo

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Philodendrons were first discovered in the 1600s in Brazil’s rainforests. Philodendron actually means “tree lover” in Greek. Philodendrons are a diverse genus made up of 489 species, most commonly found in tropical, humid climates.

The way that Birkins came to exist is a cool story, too. Birkins do not exist in the wild and came to be because of a rare mutation in the Philodendron Rojo Congo. It was a spontaneous chimeric mutation, which is when a cell mutates near the apical dome, whereby all other cells replicate the mutation.

These grow very slowly - pick a pot you like! Growth can be encouraged by cleaning/wiping the leaves, and repotting with fresh nutrient rich soil. 

Light: Keep your plant behind a thin shade or on an east-facing windowsill. Interestingly enough, if you’re able to give your Birkin plenty of shaded light without it getting too hot, the pinstripes on the leaves actually turn bright white. AVOID direct sunlight.

Water: Likes to stay hydrated. In spring and summer, the soil must stay damp, but in winter the soil should mostly dry out before you water it again. Drainage is necessary to keep healthy roots; if it’s overwatered it could develop root rot. If you notice the leaves are drooping, it could be an indication you’re not watering your Birkin properly. Waterings one to two times a week, but be sure the top soil is dry before watering again. 

Pets: No. Toxic to pets and children.

Kingdom: Plantae

Family: Araceae 

Genus: Philodendron

Botanical name: Philodendron birkin 

Common name: Philodendron birkin 

Plants in picture will not be exact plant.

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