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Dieffenbachia

Botanical Name
Dieffenbachia
Hardiness
Zones 10 to 12
Height
3 to 6 feet
Width
1 to 3 feet
Light
Filtered light spring thru fall - more direct light in winter
Soil
Moist, well-draining potting mix
Planting & Care
  • Needs bright light to maintain even bottom leaves
  • Fertilize March thru September with diluted houseplant fertilizer
  • To increase humidity in winter place container in a shallow pan filled with pebbles and water
  • Can rejuvenation prune back to 6-8 inches if leggy or try air layering to renew
  • Propagate by cuttings or air layering
  • Sap is poisonous if ingested and can be irritating to skin
    • Wear gloves when handling plant
Problems
Spider mites, scale, aphids, mealybugs, fungal leaf spot, blight, rot in poorly drained soil
Varieties
  • Compacta - fuller growing, compact, cream leaves freckled with green
  • Snow Queen - creamy yellow leaves with dark green edges and white veins
  • Camille - creamy yellow leaves edged in green, full growth
  • Tropic Marianne - large, creamy-white leaves framed with rich green, up to 3' or more
  • Delilah - creamy-white leaves sporting dark green center vein and spots along the margin
  • Camille - ivory-yellow leaves with deep green center vein and margins
  • Honeydew - large golden-yellow leaves are edged with green
  • Snow - large variety, dark green leaves are variegated with silver-green and creamy-white spots, 6' or more tall
  • Sparkles - light green leaves variegated with streaks of dark green and white
  • Star Bright - narrower, golden-green leaves mottled with dark green
  • Tiki - ruffled green foliage speckled with gray, green and white

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