The Dieffenbachia plant is characterised by it’s many varieties with beautiful, different leaf patterns. But before you purchase this plant you naturally want to know a number of things, right? Time to get acquainted with this exclusive plant.
The Origin of the Dieffenbachia
The Dieffenbachia plant originally comes from the tropical rain forests of Central and North America. In Brazil, people believe that the Dieffenbachia protects against negative energy and the ‘evil eye’.
The Dieffenbachia plant is a strong air-purifying plant that comes from the tropical rainforests in the middle and north of America. Each type of Dieffenbachia has its own characteristics of leaf patterns. There are only a few species that have completely green leaves without any type of pattern. The Dieffenbachia plant is a poisonous houseplant. Please be careful with children and pets. The juice of the plant can cause a swollen throat and skin irritation. Therefore, always put the Dieffenbachia in a safe place.
Please note that the Dieffenbachia is a poisonous houseplant.
Dieffenbachia plant care secrets
Care of a plant is important. Whether the plant needs little or a lot of care, you as a plant owner must pay attention to it! That is why we have divided the care of this plant into the following parts, which makes it a bit easier for you:
- Water requirement
- Light and location
- Use of fertilizers
- Reproduction of the Monstera Adansonii
How do I take care of my Dieffenbachia plant?
Fortunately the Dieffenbachia plant is not a difficult plant to look after. We do recommend to place the plant in the right location to ensure that it remains at it’s best and stay healthy. The Dieffenbachia plant should always have moist soil, so make sure that the soil of the Dieffenbachia plant never dries out. Also, make sure that you do not over-water the plant, as this will cause the roots to stand under water. This could lead to root rot, which would mean that the Dieffenbachia would not survive. We therefore strongly advise you to keep a close eye on the plant.
The Dieffenbachia and her soil
Between waterings, it is best to feel the soil with your fingers to see whether the soil is dry or wet here. If the soil is still wet after a few days, it might be a good idea to give less water next time. If the soil is a little dry after two or three days, it is better to give some more water. For each Dieffenbachia plant, it is important to see what the plant needs. Every plant is different and they remain living products to care for.
Place the Dieffenbachia plant on a light spot, without direct sunlight. Direct sunlight will cause the leaves to burn and will not promote the development of the leaf pattern.
On summer days, you can also place the Dieffenbachia plant in the garden, but also not in direct sunlight. When it gets colder than 15 degrees Celsius, you should bring the plant back inside. Fertilising once every two weeks will benefit the development and growth of the plant.
What is the best location for my Dieffenbachia plant?
The best location for the Dieffenbachia plant is in normal daylight, without direct sunlight. Direct sunlight may cause burned leaves and stop the growth of leaf pattern. If the Dieffenbachia gets too little daylight, it will show you this by fading it’s leaf markings. If this is the case, we recommend moving the plant to a brighter spot with more daylight. The plant will then recover by itself.
How much water should I give my Dieffenbachia plant?
The Dieffenbachia plant likes a moist soil. Make sure that between the waterings, the top layer of potting soil should not dry out; it is important that the soil always stays moist here. Also, too much water can cause root rot so keep that in mind.
Too little water will cause the leaves to droop and the leaf pattern to fade. In this case, you can give some extra water the next time you water. We also recommend that you keep a close eye on the soil in the beginning to see what the plant needs.
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Is the Dieffenbachia plant Toxic?
Yes, the Dieffenbachia plant is one of the most poisonous houseplants. Therefore, please be careful with children and pets. Place the Dieffenbachia plant in a safe place, away from children and pets. A bite of the plant can cause a burning, swollen throat and/or severe skin irritation. Be careful when removing leaves or pruning the plant as juice may be released. Avoid contact with the skin and wear gloves, for example.
Common ailments of the Dieffenbachia plant.
Yellow leaves can be a sign of the plant to tell you it has given too much water. In this case we advise you to give a little less water each time than you did before. Are the leaves yellow on the bottom of the Dieffenbachia plant? Then it could just as well be old age of the lower leaves. The lowest leaves are the ones that grew first. So they will also be the one to die first. With the right care, new leaves will grow from the middle instead.
Curly, dry leaves
Curled and dry leaves can be a sign of too little water. In this case, you can feel into the soil with your fingers to see if it is really dry down here. If this is the case, you can water your plants a little more each time you water them.
Mould on the potting soil
Is there mould on the potting soil? No worries, this is actually a good sign! Mould can already be in the potting soil. Potting soil consists of a large part of naturally decomposed material. A warm living room and frequently watering the plant can bring the present mould to life. This may look a little dirty, but it is actually very good for the plant. Why? The plant gets extra nutrients from the mould to continue growing nicely; totally for free!
Buying a Dieffenbachia plant at Botanic Bubble
Buying a Dieffenbachia plant at Botanic BubbleAll Dieffenbachia plant species we sell come fresh from the grower. We pack them with care in specially made boxes. This way the plant is well and safely packed, to be delivered at your home. Order your unique Dieffenbachia houseplant quickly and easily at Botanic Bubble.