Dieffenbachia is one of the easiest plants
to grow. They have cane-like stems and can grow about 4 feet high. Their
large leaves may be oval with pointed tips or long and narrow and their
bases encircle the stems. The plant has broad leaves, yellowish in colour.
||Does not have any flowers.
Dieffenbachia can tolerate dim light.
It however does best in bright light but not direct sunlight.
Use water that is of room temperature.
Apply only when the soil is totally dry. Do not let the soil to be too
soggy or too dry. The soil should be kept moist at all times but not soggy.
|Pest and Problems:
The most serious pest which attacks Dieffenbachia
spp. is the
two-spotted spider mite. Plants can become infested with this pest
at any time during the year. Other pests known to attack Dieffenbachia
Most of the time the plant is tied to
stakes which makes the plant look unattractive. It would be better to cut
the cane to an appealing level. A healthy plant will soon shoot out new
leaves. The top section of the cut plant with the foliage can be
put back in the soil for it to grow.
Fertilize the plant every 3 – 4 months
with a good fertilizer for foliage plants. Follow the prescription as mentioned
on the label.
||Cuttings of the stem
The plant is best grown as a potted plant
and not generally used in a landscape.
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