Plant Care Dieffenbachia
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Dieffenbachia

4.4 out of 5 (285 experiences)

Dieffenbachia has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves
Dieffenbachia has a Survivor plant personality Survivor

Also known as

Dumb cane and dumbcane

Taxonomy

Dieffenbachia seguine
Dieffenbachia
Araceae
Alismatales

What other plant parents say

Dieffenbachia has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 173
Dieffenbachia has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 132
Dieffenbachia has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 125
Dieffenbachia has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 60
Dieffenbachia has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 29
Dieffenbachia has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 13
Dieffenbachia has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 10
Dieffenbachia has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 8
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Bell Buckle, Tennessee
Rating of the plant Dieffenbachia named Your plant by Amberollie on Greg, the plant care app
07/15/2021

Honestly I have had a few. I managed to keep two out of the three alive. And one got down to two leaves cause I couldn’t figure out what I was doing wrong. Mine are both very picky on how much water…

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@Lauren_trees
Tucson, Arizona
Rating of the plant Dieffenbachia named Celia by Lauren_trees on Greg, the plant care app
04/30/2021

Mine is very sensitive to how much water it is given. Too much and the leaves become very droopy. Make sure to be cautious of that and fine the appropriate amount of water your plant can take. And su…

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@Claudswow
Lorain, Ohio
Rating of the plant Dieffenbachia named Ophelia by Claudswow on Greg, the plant care app
08/01/2021

i love this plant. i keep it outside and she seems to love it, she's been steady for me outside. the only thing i dislike is that people keep putting that this plant is pet friendly. if you get one o…

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Steeze365daily avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Dieffenbachia named Camoflauge Dieffenbachia by Steeze365daily on Greg, the plant care app
05/18/2021

This is a gorgeous plant is taken care of properly. I had her in shaded spot & kept her in some peaty soil for too long and lost some leaves. Repotted her in my soilless mix & give her bright indirec…

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@Gendronne
MĂĽnchen, Bayern
Rating of the plant Dieffenbachia named Deef by Gendronne on Greg, the plant care app
09/02/2021

It’s not that easy to propagate (like, don’t forget to change the water otherwise it starts acting up and looses some leaves in the process) but if you pass the propagation phase, and really listen t…

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Alinyaa avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Dieffenbachia named difficult by Alinyaa on Greg, the plant care app
05/27/2021

I’ve had two dieffenbachias and both of them were very sensitive. My second one, Difficult, also had the added problem of gnats. Dieffenbachias show their symptoms very easily but the trouble starts …

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Tacoma, Washington
Rating of the plant Dieffenbachia named Betty by Lionelfrankenstein on Greg, the plant care app
04/23/2021

A classic! This plant doesn’t typically disappoint. She grows fast, and grows large enough to make an impact in your room. Indirect sun works great. Water regularly as they don’t like to dry out.…

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@Athena61
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Rating of the plant Dieffenbachia named Darcy by Athena61 on Greg, the plant care app
04/23/2021

This Dieffenbachia is one tough cookie. I’ve put her through the wringer. Not knowing any better I’ve both underwater and overwatered her. For the last 4 months I’ve shown her some love, repotted her…

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Bell Buckle, Tennessee
Rating of the plant Dieffenbachia named Drama queen by Amberollie on Greg, the plant care app
08/24/2021

This plant is the moodiest plant that I have. Beautiful to look at. When I first brought her home a year ago she dropped almost all of her leaves. She didn’t like the lighting in my bedroom. Now she …

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@Salimr88
Dubai
Rating of the plant Dieffenbachia named Snow white by Salimr88 on Greg, the plant care app
05/14/2021

My most favorite plant. Requires a bit of indirect bright sunlight to keep looking lush. The leaves are so voluptuously large with eye catching contrasting variegations. I can stare at it for ages an…

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How to care for Dieffenbachia

Water

How often to water your Dieffenbachia

Water needs for Dieffenbachia
0.5 cups
every 9

Dieffenbachia 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 Dieffenbachia

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

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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 Dieffenbachia in your home

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

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 đź’Ş.

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Nutrients

How to fertilize Dieffenbachia

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

Care Summary for Dieffenbachia

Dieffenbachia

Dieffenbachia


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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