dieffenbachiaw       Dieffenbachia is a herbaceous, tropical plant with a straight stem, simple and alternate leaves that contain white spots and flecks, making it attractive as indoor foliage. Species in this genus are popular as houseplants because of their tolerance of shade. It’s important to note that the leaves, if chewed or eaten, can cause temporary swelling of the tongue and throat, leading to a temporary loss of speech – hence the plant’s common name of dumb cane. This is caused by the effect of raphides (needle shaped crystals of calcium) in the leaves of the plant. While this is usually not serious, it can cause suffocation. Avoid placing the dumb cane plant where curious children or pets might be tempted to taste it.

When growing dieffenbachia, most varieties do best in a filtered light situation, where bright to moderate light shines through a sheer curtain or other filtering window cover. Filtered light is particularly important in the spring and summer, when the dieffenbachia houseplant is producing new, tender leaves that are subject to sunburn if the light is too bright or shines directly on the plant. Rotate the dieffenbachia plant regularly to provide adequate light to all sides of the plant and prevent it from reaching toward the light on one side. Most cultivars do fine with a low light environment; however, growth is slower or stops, but the plant will remain healthy and attractive.

Overwatering is a common problem with many houseplants, and the dieffenbachia houseplant is no exception. Plant the dumb cane in a well-draining soil and water lightly, keeping the soil consistently moist, but not soggy. Check the soil to make sure it is dry an inch down before watering the dieffenbachia plant. Fertilize twice a month to encourage growth and a healthy plant. A houseplant food high in nitrogen can be applied at half strength.

Browning bottom leaves on the dumb cane dieffenbachia is normal for the plant; Snip them off to keep the plant tidy. If other leaves appear bleached, with a webby substance on the underside, check and treat the plant for spider mites with insecticidal soap spray or neem oil.

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