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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. 🐝
Also known as
Dumb cane and dumbcane
How to care for Dieffenbachia
Dieffenbachia needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.
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Dieffenbachia 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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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 Dieffenbachia after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.
What other plant parents say
Needs to be watered at least once a week. I keep it by my sink in the kitchen and it seems to love the humidity as well when I am doing dishes I feel the soil and just soak it through and then forget about it!
I am by far not the most dedicated plant parent but this is doing great and it gives great confidence to plant parents who are just starting out.
I was given mine as a prop and it just took off!
I love this plant. This is my actual first bought plant I ever had 2 years ago and she is still going strong! She is, however, browns alot and gets sick OFTEN. But it knows how to fight it off with a lot of care, as there's a lot of new leaves coming back from the ones that she lost this year. It a great plant, but watch out overwatering it and take care of it when it sick and it'll be fine.
This is honestly my favourite of all time & I love how each lead is unique and different! I bottom water mine and it is super effective, don’t worry you are not doing anything wrong is the plant looks great but doesn’t grow for a while, they are naturally slow growers!