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Plant info Dumb Cane

plant info dieffenbachiaBOTANICAL NAME: Dieffenbachia ‘Picta’

COMMON NAME: Dumb Cane

DESCRIPTION: Multi-caned with compact growth (tissue cultured forms). Leaves with ovate margins and prominent veins. Leaf colour ranging from from green to yellow and white.

LIGHT/POSITION: Prefers medium to high light to maintain variegation and colour. Photosensitive, needing to be turned regularly to maintain even growth. Suits a warm corner position away from high “traffic” areas as the leaves are easily damaged.

WATERING: Evenly moist allowing the top 2cm to dry out, when possible.  Will generally recover from wilts due to under watering. Resents chills and wetness.

CLEANING: Keep free from dust. Neem soap is usually sufficient.  Light oil application on large leaf varieties only (like ‘Snow Queen’ ) if necessary. Keep away from direct sunlight.

PESTS: Mealybug.

DISEASES: Not generally a problem unless soil is kept wet and stem rot can then occur.

FERTILISING: Not necessary. Fast growers.

PRUNING: Prune to shape or to “bush” up.

GENERAL INFORMATION: There are several varieties commonly used for interiorscapes.

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