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Questions About Dieffenbachia

Asked by
vonemc on
October 29, 2012

Q. How Much Light Does a Dumbcane Require?

How much light does a dumbcane plant require?

Answered by
Nikki on
October 30, 2012
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While most will do fine in low loght conditions, it is a good idea to check the requirements for the particular type you have as some varieties may need more light. Here is more information on growing and caring for threse plants: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/dumb-cane/growing-dumbcane-dieffenbachia.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
March 15, 2014

Q. Dieffenbachia Plant

Why does my Dieffenbachia’s foliage turn yellow? And how do I take care of it?

Answered by
Nikki on
March 15, 2014
Certified Expert
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There are a number of reasons for yellowing leaves in plants. This article should help you pinpoint the most likely cause for yours: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/environmental/plant-leaves-turn-yellow.htm

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Asked by
Dorothy Daney on
June 14, 2014

Q. Is there anything to restore my dieffenbachia?

I gave it to you already. Do I have to write it all over again. This would be the 3rd time. If you don’t have it, forget it!

Answered by
theficuswrangler on
June 15, 2014
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Since I, personally, don't recall seeing your question before, I can only apologize to you that you didn't get the information you needed when you asked earlier. I'm going to say some general things about dieffenbachia, and if they don't cover your problem, please feel free to write to me personally with your question. This article might address your situation: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/dumb-cane/growing-dumbcane-dieffenbachia.htm
The problem most likely to afflict dieff is root rot from soil that stays too wet. Testing the soil moisture in the bottom of the pot will remedy this. You can use a moisture meter, or a wooden skewer as if testing a cake. The soil should be very slightly damp before you water again.
If the roots have been damaged, move the plant into higher light to promote increased water evaporation and root growth.

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Asked by
TaraK on
September 8, 2014

Q. Dieffenbachia

We were given a huge dieffenbachia when my father in law died. My husband realized it had been in the house for a long time and set it outside to get some sun. Yes, this was a bad idea! What can we do to quickly remedy the “sunburn” the plant got?

Answered by
theficuswrangler on
September 9, 2014
A.

Hopefully, you put it back into the house when you saw the leaves starting to burn. There's nothing you can do to "save" the damaged leaves. When plant tissues are dead, they're dead. However, the plant itself should be okay, and it time will put out new leaves, if cared for properly. Cut off the damaged leaves at the point where the leaf stem is attached to the main stem. Keep the plant in bright indirect light in your house - anyplace that you can read comfortably. If you want to put the plant outside for R&R, it needs to be in heavy shade. Indoors or out, you need to be careful to not overwater - the soil in the bottom of the pot should be very lightly damp before you water again. A moisture meter that you can get in any plant store or dept will help you alot.

Here's more information on dieffenbachia: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/dumb-cane/growing-dumbcane-dieffenbachia.htm

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Asked by
martyjav on
April 9, 2015
this plant is indoors

Q. dieffenbachia only growing leaves on top

How to keep dieffenbachia from only growing leaves on top? I have a small dieffenbachia and it keeps growing taller and only has leaves on the top of the plant. The pictures of the dieffenbachias at this website are much more attractive than the tall, spindly plant that mine is becoming. Do you have any suggestions?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
April 9, 2015
Certified Expert
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Make sure your providing adequate light for your plant, bright filtered light is required for most Dieffenbachia. Plants should be rotated to insure even growth.
You can use a process called air layering to start new growth on the stems, or you could propagate new plants from your mother plant.
Here are some links to help you get started.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/dumb-cane/growing-dumbcane-dieffenbachia.htm

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/hpgen/propagating-runners-on-houseplants.htm

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/dumb-cane/propagating-dieffenbachia.htm

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Asked by
tony571 on
April 26, 2015
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Q. dieffenbachia stopped growing

I bought a dieffenbachia in March. It had six leaves on it but now it has only three and it stopped growing. It’s in a nice pot. I water it once a week and it gets plenty of light by the sun in window. What should I do?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
April 26, 2015
Certified Expert
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The pot looks quite large. You mention watering once a week. Do you check by feeling the soil if it is wet, or just water every week?
I think the plant may be waterlogged. I would recommend repotting into a smaller pot.
A good filtered light near a window would be a great spot for your plant.
After repotting you could fertilize the plant to help it get growing again.

Here is a link with great growing directions.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/dumb-cane/growing-dumbcane-dieffenbachia.htm

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Asked by
doughty on
May 27, 2015
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Q. Dieffenbachia trimming

I put my large dieffenbachia outside. Now most of the leaves are yellowed and dying. The plant has a good sized stalk and is about 4 feet tall. How can I save it?

Answered by
shelley on
May 27, 2015
Certified Expert
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When did you bring your bring your plant outside? I am just wondering if possibly it got nipped in the cold at some point? Also, when you brought your plant outdoors, did you immediately put it in a location of full sun? Some dieffenbachia plants require low filtered light - so it needs to be in a shady location. Your dieffenbachia probably found its new setting a lot brighter than it’s accustomed to inside your home - it could literally get sunburned. Ideally, indoor plants should be slowly acclimated and transitioned to outdoor life. Here is an article on acclimating houseplants that will explain more:

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/hpgen/acclimating-houseplants-outdoors.htm

For more information on the care of dieffenbachia, please visit the following link:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/dumb-cane/growing-dumbcane-dieffenbachia.htm

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