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Dieffenbachia plants are very showy and can be the perfect house plant for the home or office. When properly cared for, a dieffenbachia plant will quickly adapt to different levels of lighting. You'll soon discover that dumb canes are one of the easiest houseplants to grow.
Dieffenbachia or Dumb Cane plants are native to the tropics of Mexico and through South America to Argentina. They produce large, broad, multi-colored, oblong leaves. You can buy various sizes of Dieffenbachias that come as a small table, desk, or larger floor plants. Dieffenbachias are relatively fast-growing houseplants.
All parts of a dieffenbachia plant are extremely poisonous to pets and humans, which is why they earned the nickname dumb cane plant and should be away from pets and children.
How to Care for Dieffenbachia Plants
Light: Dieffenbachia plants require bright indirect to bright light. Direct sun will burn the leaves, and too much bright light causes the plant to lose its vibrant leaf color. If you notice the leaves of your indoor dieffenbachia are small and spaced far apart on the stem, this is a sign that the plant is not getting enough light. Although Dumb Cane plants will indeed tolerate low light, the plant will look much better if given some bright light.
Water: Water deeply and then allow the top 2 to 3 inches of soil to dry out before watering again. Dieffenbachia plants do their best when they have a regular watering schedule. If the potting soil gets too dry, bottom leaves may turn yellow and fall off. If the plant is overwatered, the stems rot and get mushy.
Place the pot on a saucer full of decorative gravel, which will keep the plant from sitting in water after each watering.
Fertilizer: Fertilize only when the plant is actively producing new leaves in the spring through early fall. Dieffenbachia plants should be fed twice per month in the summer and once per month in the spring and fall. There is no need to fertilize in the winter as even indoors. The plant will slow down its metabolism. Excess salt build-up from too much fertilizer will cause browning around the edges of the leaves.
Soil: We recommend that you use well-draining potting soil for your Dumb Cane plants. Espoma Organic Potting Mix is an excellent choice that retains the perfect amount of moisture needed for Dieffenbachia houseplants to thrive. Don't forget that planting your houseplant in a container with drainage holes is equally as important. Well-draining soil and a pot with drainage holes will ensure your plant's roots do not get root rot disease.
Dieffenbachias are easy to grow and will thrive in indoor conditions. Remember to keep your Star Light Dieffenbachias away from cold drafts and don't allow them to sit in water as this can cause the root system to rot. Dieffenbachia plants prefer above-average warmth. If the air temperature drops below 60 degrees or the plant is exposed to cold drafts, it may begin to lose its lower leaves and look like a palm tree.
Dieffenbachia Plants for Air-Cleaning
Dieffenbachia houseplants are air-purifying houseplants, according to a NASA study. They remove toxins from the air like formaldehyde. This toxin is in our homes in paper towels, tissues, floor coverings, garbage bags, and so on. Dieffenbachia also cleans the air of toxins called xylene and toluene- two major indoor pollutants.
Is Dieffenbachia Toxic to Pets and Humans?
Dieffenbachia plants produce sap that contains calcium oxalate, which is poisonous. When you are handling these plants, you must be cautious and wear gloves. Doing so will help you avoid getting sap on your skin, in your mouth, or your eyes. One response the plant's sap can provoke is swelling of the throat, resulting in speechlessness, hence the common name 'dumb cane.' If you have animals, do not place this plant where they can reach to avoid any harm altogether.
Why does my Dieffenbachia have yellow leaves?
Dieffenbachias prefer dappled shade or indirect light during the growing season as the bright sun tends to burn the light-colored foliage. This can result in yellowing or even browning of the leaves. Your plant will be okay, just remove the problematic leaves and move your Dieffenbachia out of direct sunlight.
How to Propagate Dieffenbachia?
Dieffenbachia are best propagated from cuttings. With a clean knife or scissors, cut off a healthy leave close to the base of the plant. Place these cuttings in clean water and put them in a bright, warm spot in your home (remember to keep out of direct sunlight to protect the leaves). Over the next couple of weeks, keep the water clean and you will start to see roots form at the base of the cutting. After about a month or so, your cutting will be ready to be planted in a pot!