Plant Care Dieffenbachia

Dieffenbachia

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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 Raleigh, North Carolina.

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 Raleigh, North Carolina

Raleigh, North Carolina

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Growing Dieffenbachia in Raleigh right now

Light needs for plant Dieffenbachia in Raleigh, North Carolina

Plant growth potential is currently low 📉

November 28th, 2021

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Raleigh is currently low 📉.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in determini…

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Light needs for plant Dieffenbachia in Raleigh, North Carolina

Sunlight intensity will decrease by 23.8% ☀️

December 2nd, 2021

Raleigh is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Raleigh is expected to decrease by 23.8% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 8.5 megajoules of energy per m2 per …

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Light needs for plant Dieffenbachia in Raleigh, North Carolina

Daylight will decrease by 0.9 hours 📉

December 1st, 2021

This month, Raleigh is getting an average of 9.1 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 8.8% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 9.6 total hours of dayli…

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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 Raleigh, North Carolina ⛅.

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 Raleigh, North Carolina

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

December 3rd, 2021

The growing potential in Raleigh 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 repot…

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FAQs
Difficulty Level

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


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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 Raleigh, North Carolina, 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 196
Dieffenbachia has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 154
Dieffenbachia has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 146
Dieffenbachia has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 71
Dieffenbachia has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 40
Dieffenbachia has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 16
Dieffenbachia has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 12
Dieffenbachia has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 12
John avatar
@John
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 57 XP
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 28 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 3 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 162 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 43 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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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
leaf-1 26 Plants
xp 460 XP
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
Idestiny avatar
@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
xp 152 XP
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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@Goddessgeli
leaf-1 18 Plants
xp 533 XP
10/02/2021

Such a beautiful plant that is very easy to maintain

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Pest magnet Pest magnet
Sara avatar
@Sara
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 89 XP
10/02/2021

Pretty easy plant, she likes staying inside and enjoys music 🌿☀️

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Ryan avatar
@Ryan
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 43 XP
09/27/2021

It has toxic sap, wear gloves and keep away from pets

Fast grower Fast grower
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@R
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globe Newton, Singapore
09/26/2021

It makes feel very relaxed n see them growing day by day and become big plants I am so happy 😃😃😃

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
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@Cloverzfieldz
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 102 XP
09/24/2021

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.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
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@Ava
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globe Highett, Victoria
09/20/2021

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!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
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@Plantvannah
leaf-1 26 Plants
xp 327 XP
09/20/2021

Be very careful to avoid purchasing a plant with existing disease 🥺

Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower
Browns easily Browns easily
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@Butdidikillit
leaf-1 24 Plants
xp 510 XP
globe Charlotte, North Carolina
09/11/2021

She’s just easy.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Girallua avatar
@Girallua
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 215 XP
09/08/2021

o bob eh lindo

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor

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