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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 'Mars'
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 Madison, Wisconsin.
Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.
September 28th, 2022
Sunlight energy as measured by “net radiation” in Madison is currently medium 👌.
The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in determini…
September 26th, 2022
Madison is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!
The amount of sunlight in Madison is expected to decrease by 33% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 11.6 megajoules of energy per m2 per d…
September 28th, 2022
This month, Madison is getting an average of 11.2 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.
Hours of daylight will decrease by 16.3% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 10.9 total hours of da…
Dieffenbachia can tolerate being far from a window and light source.
Place it less than 6 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth during this time of higher sunlight intensity in Madison, Wisconsin ☀️.️
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!