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Dieffenbachia

Dieffenbachia

Because of its leaves, the Dieffenbachia is a striking house plant. Whatever species you choose of the Dieffenbachia, they almost all have different leaf markings. Only one species has completely green leaves. Originally, the Dieffenbachia comes from Central and North America. Here the plant grows in tropical rainforests. The Dieffenbachia comes from the Araceae family. The Alocasia, Anthurium and Epipremnum are cousins of the Dieffenbachia.

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Dieffenbachia

Because of its leaves, the Dieffenbachia is a striking house plant. Whatever species you choose of the Dieffenbachia, they almost all have different leaf markings. Only one species has completely green leaves. Originally, the Dieffenbachia comes from Central and North America. Here the plant grows in tropical rainforests. The Dieffenbachia comes from the Araceae family. The Alocasia, Anthurium and Epipremnum are cousins of the Dieffenbachia.

Dieffenbachia

Because of its leaves, the Dieffenbachia is a striking house plant. Whatever species you choose of the Dieffenbachia, they almost all have different leaf markings. Only one species has completely green leaves. Originally, the Dieffenbachia comes from Central and North America. Here the plant grows in tropical rainforests. The Dieffenbachia comes from the Araceae family. The Alocasia, Anthurium and Epipremnum are cousins of the Dieffenbachia.

Indirect sunlight

Water once a week

Air-purifying

Once every 2 weeks extra nutrition

Toxic

Repot once every 2 years

Indirect sunlight

Water once a week

Air-purifying

Once every 2 weeks extra nutrition

Toxic

Repot once every 2 years

How do you take care of a Dieffenbachia?

The best location

The best location for the Dieffenbachia? That’s a place with enough indirect sunlight. Direct sunlight is best avoided. The Dieffenbachia is quite demanding when it comes to the amount of light. If there is too little light, leaf growth stagnates and in most cases root rot is formed. The Dieffenbachia is most at home as soon as the plant gets evening or morning sun. Would you like to place the Dieffenbachia in front of a window facing south? Then keep a distance of at least 2 metres.

Watering the Dieffenbachia

Originally, the Dieffenbachia comes from a humid environment. Therefore, always keep the soil of the plant slightly moist. You can achieve this by watering the Dieffenbachia once a week. In the winter you can reduce the watering. From autumn until the end of summer you can also let the soil of the plant dry out slightly. The most important thing is not to water too much. Is the soil still wet after a week? Then give less water. Is the soil dry again after two days? Then you can give more water.

Plant nutrition

To stimulate extra leaf growth it is best to give extra plant nutrition from spring until summer. The Dieffenbachia does not need any special plant nutrition. Universal plant nutrition is sufficient. For the right amount, we recommend that you consult the packaging. The Dieffenbachia can be given extra plant food once or twice a month in the summer.

Repotting

The Dieffenbachia is not one of the fastest growing houseplants. Repotting the plant is therefore not necessary every year. We recommend repotting immediately after purchase. The best time to repot a plant is in spring. Plants have extra energy in the spring, which makes it easier to compensate for any damage that may occur during repotting. After purchase, we recommend repotting the Dieffenbachia every 2 years.

Air purifying function

When it comes to air purification, the Dieffenbachia has a good one. Because of its large leaves, the Dieffenbachia purifies the air in your living room in no time. Mouths open, absorb CO2 and emit oxygen. The plant is therefore also very suitable as an office plant.

Is the Dieffenbachia poisonous?

The Dieffenbachia is poisonous to both pets and humans. We therefore do not recommend to take it into your home with pets. Also with children it is important to pay attention. If you do eat the leaves of the Dieffenbachia, it is important to contact a doctor immediately.

Diseases and peculiarities

Yes, the Dieffenbachia is also sensitive to mealy bugs. This pest comes mainly when the plant lives in too dry conditions. It is best to spray regularly to prevent mealybugs. Doesn’t the plant suffer from mealybugs or other vermin? Then use pesticides.

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