Saturday, August 17, 2013

Dieffenbachia

An indoor foliage plant in temperate regions, dieffenbachia is well suited to the tropics. It is a very common potted plant and is occasionally found in shade gardens. Cultivars range from dwarf varieties to others reaching more than five feet in height, in various shades and combinations of green, yellow, white, cream and silver. It is an attractive and strong grower.  

Dieffenbachias are great for novices and those who only have time for one or two potted plants.


Dieffenbachias are low maintenance and suffer from few problems. Plant in well draining soil as improper drainage can lead to rot which spreads and can decimate the whole plant. The plants are not affected too much from occasional under-watering. Place in shade though some cultivars can handle more light than others. Fertilize lightly.     


Top shoots or stems with at least a few nodes can be rooted in moist soil. This usually takes a couple of weeks.


Care should be taken when handling the plant. The sap is toxic and causes painful rashes, allergic reactions, numbness, and even the temporary inability to speak or paralysis if ingested. Keep away from children and pets.

4 comments:

Stephanie said...

Hello Mystic Dreamer! You have a beautiful dieffenbachia here!! It is looking really healthy. Once when I was at my friend's place, I was so amazed by how green and wonderful her dieffenbachias were. They were placed in the porch and have the most beautiful leaves that I have ever seen. You have a great weekend and happy gardening!! Cheers, Stephanie

Mystic Dreamer said...

Thanks Stephanie. I have a few other cultivars now getting established. I'll be sure to post about them when they're bigger.

James Missier said...

I have few different type of this species and enjoy the colour sprays they give.
Adding to them are another sub species called Aglaonema.
They are indeed a hardy plant to keep.

Stiletto ElsieXie said...

I love dieffenbachias too and have them in containers located in the porch to provide a green ambience.