Plant Care Dieffenbachia 'Compacta'

Dieffenbachia 'Compacta'

4.5 out of 5 (4 experiences)

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

About Dieffenbachia 'Compacta'

Dieffenbachia 'Compacta' is a relatively rare houseplant 🌿 that needs regular watering to thrive. They do best in moderate sunlight 🌤 and should be less than 6 feet from a window.

Plant parents describe this plant as having large, lush leaves and being a survivor with only 87 being grown with Greg around the world. Check out the reviews below for more details!🌟

Dieffenbachia 'Compacta' likes soil that is well draining. Your plant shouldn't need added fertilizers if you repot each time it doubles in size.


Dieffenbachia compacta

Also known as

Dumb cane

How to care for Dieffenbachia 'Compacta'


How often to water your Dieffenbachia 'Compacta'

Water needs for Dieffenbachia 'Compacta'
0.5 cups
every 9

Dieffenbachia 'Compacta' 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 'Compacta'

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Dieffenbachia 'Compacta' in your home

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

Dieffenbachia 'Compacta' 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 💪.

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How to fertilize Dieffenbachia 'Compacta'

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

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Care Summary for Dieffenbachia 'Compacta'

Dieffenbachia 'Compacta'

Dieffenbachia 'Compacta'

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 6ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Dieffenbachia 'Compacta' has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 3
Dieffenbachia 'Compacta' has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 2
Clara_ematt avatar
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 311 XP

I got this plant from a shop and it was in clearance quite brown but it has come back well. This plant is toxic to humans and animals though so I would not recommend for those with young children and pets.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Agatha avatar
leaf-1 37 Plants
xp 1,147 XP

One of my favorite plants!
Striking leaves, steady growth, forgiving, mine has been happy in a range of lights, from medium/high to medium/low.
It’s a great plant for anyone who would like to get started with something more spectacular than your typical pothos or snake plant.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves

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