Plant Care Dumb Cane

Dumb Cane


Dieffenbachia oerstedii

How to care for Dumb Cane


How often to water your Dumb Cane

Water needs for Dumb Cane
0.5 cups
every 9

Dumb Cane 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

Water 0.5 cups every

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Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Dumb Cane in your home

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

Dumb Cane 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 💪.

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How to fertilize Dumb Cane

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Dumb Cane: 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 after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Care Summary for Dumb Cane

Dumb Cane

Dumb Cane

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 6ft from a window


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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