Plant Care Dumb Cane 'Tiki'

Dumb Cane 'Tiki'

About Dumb Cane 'Tiki'

Dieffenbachia was cultivated in England before 1759 and upper Amazon indigenous groups are known to have used their calcium oxalates to make poison arrows. Dieffenbachia flowers can generate large amounts of excess heat which botanists believe attracts potential pollinators to the flower's warmth. 🐝

Taxonomy

Dieffenbachia maculata 'Tiki'
Dieffenbachia
Araceae
Alismatales

How to care for Dumb Cane 'Tiki'

💦 Water

How often to water your Dumb Cane 'Tiki'

Water needs for Dumb Cane 'Tiki'
0.5 cups
every 9

Dumb Cane 'Tiki' needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Dumb Cane 'Tiki'

Water 0.5 cups every
9

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5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Dumb Cane 'Tiki' in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Dumb Cane 'Tiki': 6ft from a window
6ft or less from
a window

Dumb Cane 'Tiki' can tolerate being far from a window and light source.

Place it less than 6 feet from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Dumb Cane 'Tiki' in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Dumb Cane 'Tiki'

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Dumb Cane 'Tiki': repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Dumb Cane 'Tiki' after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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💡 FAQs
💦 Water Needs

Dumb Cane 'Tiki' prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Dumb Cane 'Tiki' Water Frequency →

Dumb Cane 'Tiki' Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Dumb Cane 'Tiki' can tolerate being far from a window and light source. Place it less than 6 feet from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Dumb Cane 'Tiki' Light Requirements →

Dumb Cane 'Tiki' Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.


💨 Humidity

Dumb Cane 'Tiki' prefers dry environments. Providing extra humidity or misting your plant allows water to linger on leaves, which can create the perfect environment for harmful types of fungi.

Dumb Cane 'Tiki' Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Dumb Cane 'Tiki' does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Dumb Cane 'Tiki' →

When and How to Successfully Repot Dumb Cane 'Tiki' →


💩 Fertilizer

Dumb Cane 'Tiki' should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!


❄️ Dormancy

It’s common for Dumb Cane 'Tiki' to go dormant in the wintertime and you may notice their growth slow down. Waterings should be spaced out more during this time.


🌎 Native Region

Dumb Cane 'Tiki' is native to the Caribbean and tropical South America.


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Dumb Cane 'Tiki'

Dumb Cane 'Tiki'

Dumb Cane 'Tiki'


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 6ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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