Adopting and Caring for Dieffenbachia
Adopting: As with every plant you buy look for healthy plants with well-formed leaves. At eplants, we bring you display-ready Dieffenbachia that are well grown, show-quality plants.
Locating: Strong, direct sunlight can bleach, even burn the leaves of a Dieffenbachia, so it is better to have them in shaded, lower light areas. If you are growing them indoors, or on a well-shaded balcony we recommend that you move the plant around to a spot that has better light once every few weeks
Potting: Since these plants are natives of the tropics they need porous, well-drained soils. They do well in a 30:30:30:10 mix of coco-peat, compost, coarse sand and Perlite
Watering: Dieffenbachia do well in soils that are not too overly moist. It’s a good idea to hold off watering them until the top layer of soil dry to touch. Droopy leaves are a sign that the potting mixture is parched and the plant needs to be watered
Fertilising: If your potting mix is right, these plants will not require too much fertiliser. However, nourishing them with an organic liquid fertiliser two or three times a year will help them do well. If you are using a chemical mix, ensure that they don’t touch the stalk or its leaves. This could damage the plant.
Dieffenbachia is an easy houseplant to grow. It adds a lush, tropical look to any setting. Primarily grown for foliage, Dieffenbachia rarely flower but when it does, the bloom looks a bit like that of a peace lily.
Did you know
Did you know? The plant was so named after a head gardener Mr Dieffenbach who worked at the Viennese palace