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A popular houseplant, the Dieffenbachia has an upright, bushy growth form. Dieffenbachia is an attractive plant with large leaves and it is fairly easy to keep and grow. Dieffenbachia Camille and Dieffenbachia Tropic Snow are two types most commonly used as indoor potted plants.

Dieffenbachia Plant Tropic Snow

Dieffenbachia Amoena
Tropic Snow

Also known as Dumb Cane plant, the sap can have an adverse effect on your ability to speak if ingested. The Dieffenbachia's sap can also cause irritation to the skin so be sure to wash thoroughly after working with this plant. For this reason it may not be advisable to keep a Dumb Cane plant if you have small children or pets.

My first experience with a Dieffenbachia plant was with the large variety, Tropic Snow. Dieffenbachia Tropic Snow can grow to be over 5 feet tall in an interior environment. With good lighting and proper watering the main stem can grow to be as thick as your arm and quite strong. In lower light, Dieffenbachia will become weak and break or bend to the side.

There are a few smaller, compact varieties of Dieffenbachia that can be used as table plants and in dishgardens. The Dieffenbachia Camille is one of the smaller types and is a very nice looking plant with a wide cream colored center and green leaf margins.

A bright light situation is preferred for this plant and if you place it in lower lighting expect it to lose some of its lower foliage. This tends to happen with this plant anyway and lower light will cause increased legginess and weakness. Keep temperatures above 60 degrees as Dumb Canes are sensitive to cold drafts.

Dieffenbachia plants can have insect problems, including spider mites, thrips, mealybugs and aphids. When you get a new plant you need to be sure to check it thoroughly for any problems before purchase. Examine the entire plant closely, checking the bottom side of the leaves and all the nooks and crannies.

If you see anything that doesn't seem to be the plant itself or if there are many yellow leaves or leaf spots, you should not buy the plant. Check the root system to be sure it is healthy, if possible, too!

Watering Dieffenbachia Indoor Plants

If kept in high light, water Dieffenbachia when the top quarter of the soil has dried completely and then water thoroughly. In lower light, water somewhat less, allowing the soil to dry down at least half way. For better plant health, please read sections on watering and lighting. Amount and frequency of watering is very relative to the light your plants receive.

Coming home with a pretty, healthy plant will make your job of caring for it much easier. New plants should be isolated when first arriving home. This will keep any unseen problems from spreading to any interior plants you may already own.

House plant dieffenbachia

Dieffenbachia

Clean Dieffenbachia's leaves with a damp sponge or cloth, being sure to wipe both sides of the leaves. You can also use a spray bottle or shower sprayer to clean the plant, just lift the leaves and hit the undersides too, spraying until run off.

Dieffenbachia's are often planted with multiple stems to make a fuller plant. As your plant grows, you will want to cut back the tallest plants occasionally to keep it from becoming too leggy. Cut stem back leaving three or four leaf nodes which will put out some new growth. You can use the cutting to root in water or sand and start a new plant or replant in the same plant.

Dieffenbachia house plant questions or problems? You can send a houseplant question but before you do, please read this information on watering your indoor houseplants, how to help keep your house plant's root system healthy and lighting for your houseplants. These are most important for your house plant's health and this is some of the information I will refer you to when you send an email.

Thanks for visiting and come back soon as plant care information, pictures and more are being added all of the time. I hope that your Dieffenbachia and all of your plants and flowers are happy, green and growing because that is why I started this site PlantAndFlowerInfo.com.

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