Dieffenbachia

Dieffenbachia


Anonymous added on April 24, 2018 | Answered

I have a dieffenbachia plant that stands about 6 feet tall (one stalk). It is bigger and healthier at the top than the bottom. The leaves are bigger and closer together. It is top heavy and I have it tied to a stake. I wish it were shorter. I have read that you can start a new plant by planting a portion of stalk, keeping it watered and new roots will grow. My question is: Can I cut the top half of this plant and plant it the same way? Will it grow roots and live?


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Downtoearthdigs
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Answered on April 28, 2018

Yes, you can cut off the top and re-grow plants from both the bottom (rooted) portion and the top portion. Here is how to make cuttings from the top portion and root them:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/dumb-cane/propagating-dieffenbachia.htm

Here's how to prune the bottom portion to shorten it:
https://garden.org/nga/searchqa/answer/78115/

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