Dieffenbachia

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Lighting Requirements

Dieffenbachia prefer locations with bright, indirect light. The varieties with darker leaves require less light, and they should avoid being in direct sunlight as this can burn the leaves.

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Watering Needs

One of the most common issues with Dieffenbachia is overwatering. They only need to be watered after the top 1-2 inches of soil become dry. If yellow and drooping leaves are an issue, make sure your Dieffenbachia is in a well-draining pot and reduce the frequency of watering.

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Humidity

As tropical plants, Dieffenbachia love high humidity environments. An occasional misting, a nearby pebble tray filled with water, or wiping the leaves down with a wet cloth are all methods to increase humidity.

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Temperature Preferences

Dieffenbachia prefer to be in environments that are 60 degrees Fahrenheit or above. If exposed to cool air, the leaves can yellow and curl.

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Fertilizer

Dieffenbachia need fairly frequent fertilization while growing. Use a standard N-P-K fertilizer every 4-6 weeks during the growing season (March-October).

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Pet-Friendly

Dieffenbachia have a slightly toxic sap that will cause the tongue to swell, which is how it earned the common name "Dumb Cane". Keep out of reach of pets and children.

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Extra Care

Dieffenbachia often have large, showy leaves. Occasionally dusting the leaves and rotating your plant can help it thrive and grow.