BOTANICAL 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.
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.