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Dieffenbachia is a beautiful houseplant native to Central America and Brazil.
In summary, what you need to know:
Last name : Dieffenbachia x hybrida
Family : Araceae
Type : Houseplant
Height : 0.5 to 1 m indoors
Exposure : Bright
Ground : Soil
Foliage : Persistent
Maintenance, repotting, watering or even exposure, are all small steps that will make your dieffenbachia even more beautiful.
Upon purchase, if the pot is too small, feel free to repot the plant so that it can develop properly.
Then, every 2 to 3 years and preferably in the spring, repot your dieffenbachia in a pot with a slightly larger diameter.
- The roots fear excess water.
- Make sure the pot is well drilled at the bottom and improve drainage by placing a bed of gravel or clay balls in the bottom of the pot to facilitate the flow of water.
- A good soil is necessary.
The plant, when it lives indoors, needs soil because it alone will provide it with the nutrients it needs.
The best place to set up your plant is near a window that lets in plenty of light but without direct sunlight.
- It dreads too much sun and even tolerates partial shade outdoors.
- Absolutely avoid the proximity of a heat source such as a radiator as this tropical plant needs humidity.
- The more white the foliage, the more light it needs.
Watering the dieffenbachia
Regular but moderate watering is necessary.
- In spring and summer:
Keep the potting soil moist and make sure that the water flow is correct.
Add liquid green plant fertilizer every 8 to 15 days or so during this growing period
Regularly spray the foliage with preferably non-hard water.
- In autumn and winter:
Reduce watering so that you wait until the soil is dry on the surface between 2 waterings.
Stop adding fertilizer.
Disease of dieddenbachia
Dieffenbachia is especially susceptible to root rot when watered in excess or when submerged in a cup filled with water.
It can also be attacked by most pests that affect houseplants, such as mealybugs and spider mites.
The formation of a cottony white mac is a sign of mealybug attack
If you see like little cobwebs around the leaves, it's probably the fruit of red spiders.
Finally, less frequent indoors but possible in summer, aphids can also settle on the plant.
Varieties of dieffenbachia
Whatever the variety, dieffenbachia meets essentially the same needs for cultivation and maintenance.
Here are the most common varieties: Dieffenbachia «Amoena“, DieffenbachiaBowmannii , Dieffenbachia "Camilla", Dieffenbachia"Exotica ", Dieffenbachia"Imperialis", Dieffenbachia"Maculata »
A wonderful houseplant, dieffenbachia is nonetheless poisonous and should be handled with gloves to avoid any risk of poisoning.
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