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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 located in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.
January 18th, 2022
Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Indianapolis is currently low 📉.
The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in dete…
January 16th, 2022
Indianapolis is trending towards greater sunlight intensity!
The amount of sunlight in Indianapolis is expected to increase by 20.7% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 8.0 megajoules of energy…
January 14th, 2022
This month, Indianapolis is getting an average of 6.5 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.
Hours of daylight will increase by 5.5% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 9.8 total hours of …
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 💪.
We wouldn’t recommend testing its limits during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Indianapolis, Indiana ⛅.
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.
January 16th, 2022
The growing potential in Indianapolis is low 📉.
Repotting in late fall or winter when the day lengths are shorter can be very stressful for a plant and cause it to go into shock.
It's best to …
What other plant parents say
I started my dieffenbachia from a stem cutting a year ago (2020). I put it in water placed it near a lamp with a full spectrum bulb. It grew roots very quickly! I potted it once the roots were big enough. Since then it’s taken off like wildfire! Each new leaf is larger than the other. I love it! Note: Yes, it’s low light TOLERANT, but leaves will grow larger with some sunshine.
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!