Plant Care Dieffenbachia

Dieffenbachia

4.5 out of 5 (356 experiences)

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

About Dieffenbachia

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 seguine
Dieffenbachia
Araceae
Alismatales

Also known as

Dumb cane and dumbcane

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 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.

Calculate water needs of Dieffenbachia

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

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.

Plant care guide for Dieffenbachia in Indianapolis, Indiana

Indianapolis, Indiana

30% Very Low

Growing Dieffenbachia in Indianapolis right now

Light needs for plant Dieffenbachia in Indianapolis, Indiana

Plant growth potential is currently low 📉

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…

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Light needs for plant Dieffenbachia in Indianapolis, Indiana

Sunlight will increase by 20.7% ☀️

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…

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Light needs for plant Dieffenbachia in Indianapolis, Indiana

Daylight will increase by 0.5 hours 📈

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 …

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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 💪.

We wouldn’t recommend testing its limits during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Indianapolis, Indiana ⛅.

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.

When to repot Dieffenbachia

Nutrient needs for plant Dieffenbachia in Indianapolis, Indiana

Is this a good time of year to repot? No ⏳

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 …

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FAQs
Difficulty Level

Dieffenbachia is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!


Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Toxicity
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Soil
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Native Region
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Growing Outdoors
Propagation
Yellow Leaves

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 your location in Indianapolis, Indiana, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Dieffenbachia has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 208
Dieffenbachia has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 165
Dieffenbachia has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 158
Dieffenbachia has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 74
Dieffenbachia has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 44
Dieffenbachia has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 16
Dieffenbachia has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 14
Dieffenbachia has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 12
Cheryl avatar
@Cheryl
leaf-1 21 Plants
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01/15/2022

Just got this know nothing yet it is beautiful

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@Boozybillsbabe
leaf-1 71 Plants
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globe Baltimore, Maryland
01/11/2022

Too much water, too little water, too much water, too little water….very fickle. Will get dramatically droopy if not watered on schedule (will perk back up within a day or so once watered), but be careful not to over water or the leaves will turn yellow and mushy.

Fast grower Fast grower
Steven avatar
@Steven
leaf-1 23 Plants
xp 286 XP
globe West Haven, Connecticut
01/10/2022

Not too difficult to care and keep alive mines been doing well since arriving over year

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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@Dylan1stokes
leaf-1 23 Plants
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globe Witham, England
01/10/2022

My dieffenbachia is continually growing new leaves, I have lots of new ones coming through at the moment

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
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@Urbanebibi
leaf-1 14 Plants
xp 179 XP
globe Pittsboro, North Carolina
01/06/2022

Good air cleaner.

Browns easily Browns easily
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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@Lauren_trees
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 168 XP
globe Tucson, Arizona
01/02/2022

Definitely have had some ups and downs with her every few months. Kind of sensitive to lighting too

Browns easily Browns easily
Survivor Survivor
Saundra avatar
@Saundra
leaf-1 28 Plants
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globe Cleveland, Ohio
01/01/2022

Doesn’t need a lot of water

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Quaynicole avatar
@Quaynicole
leaf-1 21 Plants
xp 1,108 XP
12/29/2021

It browns very easily but once I got it on a regular schedule it had been doing better

Browns easily Browns easily
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@Myleafygreenbabies
leaf-1 61 Plants
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globe San Francisco, California
12/08/2021

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.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
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@Jwcross99
leaf-1 4 Plants
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globe Trenton, Michigan
11/24/2021

Splendid plant 👌🏼

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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@Tessalou
leaf-1 32 Plants
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globe Withcott, Queensland
11/23/2021

Lovely green and pink leaves. I put mine in the bathroom.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
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@Dovergardener
leaf-1 5 Plants
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globe Dover, Florida
11/21/2021

Variegated leaves are pretty in the window

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Nicole avatar
@Nicole
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 171 XP
11/06/2021

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!

Fast grower Fast grower
Cassrose avatar
@Cassrose
leaf-1 47 Plants
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globe New York
11/05/2021

Absolutely stunning! The colors are a dream, she doesn’t need much attention which is great when you have a bunch of needy plants.

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@Cassrose
leaf-1 47 Plants
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globe New York
11/05/2021

Super easy to maintain, leaves are gorgeous and there’s constant new growth.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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@Mandy4blue
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globe Melbourne Beach, Florida
10/24/2021

The different colors on the leaves are appealing to the atmosphere in the room and visually pleasing.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
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@Idestiny
leaf-1 20 Plants
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globe Jonesboro, Georgia
10/23/2021

Not good around pets or kids

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Malú avatar
@Malú
leaf-1 1 Plants
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globe Denver, Colorado
10/20/2021

They are hella dramatic (from my experience)!

Pest magnet Pest magnet
Browns easily Browns easily
Ebony avatar
@Ebony
leaf-1 5 Plants
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10/19/2021

These plants are super dramatic, even on an even watering schedule the tips of their leaves start browning

Browns easily Browns easily
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@Tessasplants
leaf-1 35 Plants
xp 728 XP
10/08/2021

Cute plant. I keep mine in the bathroom, so pretty.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Survivor Survivor

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