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Dumb Cane

 Dumb Cane

 

Common Name(s)

Dumb Cane

Latin Name

Dieffenbachia

Care Level

Perfect For Beginners

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Light

Dieffenbachia plants require medium to bright indirect light. Direct sun burns the leaves and too much bright light causes the vibrant leaf color to fade.

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Water

Water well and then allow the top two inches of soil are dry. Dieffenbachia plants do best when watered on a regular schedule.

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Humidity

Average home humidity is fine for these guys but as with most plants increased humidity can be a help.

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Temperature

Dieffenbachia plants prefer temperatures above 15°C. Avoid cold drafts from doors and windows.

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Fertiliser

Fertilise only when the plant is actively producing new leaves, usually every two weeks from March to October.

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Toxicity

Dieffenbachias are extremely poisonous plants with a #4 toxicity level. If the sap gets on your skin, wash it off immediately. Seek medical advice if a child or pet ingests any part of a dieffenbachia plant.

Why are the bottom leaves on my plant turning yellow?

The bottom leaves on a dieffenbachia plant can turn yellow for a number of reasons: the plant is near a cold draft, the plant not getting enough light or the soil has gotten too dry.

Why are the edges of the leaves on my plant turning brown and curling?

The edges of the leaves of a dieffenbachia turn brown from too much plant food or too much salt in your water. Rinse the soil with distilled water to get rid of any unwanted chemicals.

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