Common names: Leopard Lily | Dumb Cane
Native to: Central and South America
Description: Dieffenbachias are almost always robust plants, very forgiving of neglect and excellent at regenerating. These plants provide a fantastic focal point, particularly when housed in an attractive pot.
One of the largest Dieffenbachias, the amoena 'Tropic Snow' can potentially grow to 6ft, given a pot size that allows it. Delightfully large leaves give this pretty plant a big impact.
*** Plant height on delivery: Approx. 80cm with pot ***
Light: Diffused sunlight or light shade.
Water: Let the potting mix dry out before watering with tepid water, ensuring it reaches root level. Aroids such as these are forgiving if under-watered, whereas root rot is a far more difficult recovery.
Temp.: These plants enjoy typical indoor temperatures (18-24°C / 64-75 F)
Humidity: These plants love moisture in the air so will do best in this situation, however they can tolerate average room humidity.
Fertiliser: Once the plant has acclimatised to its position, a weak solution of general houseplant fertiliser can be applied monthly throughout summer.
Potting mix: For aroids like these we use a typical aroid potting mix for them (loose, airy and extremely well draining).
Notes: Called 'Dumb Canes' due to being known as an irritant if eaten, if your pets have a propensity to eat plants then this plant may be best avoided. However, although biting into a leaf would cause an unpleasant and painful reaction in the mouth - this nearly always results in the victim spitting it out instantly and for this reason Dieffenbachias rarely cause serious poisoning.
Occasional yellow leaves on Dieffenbachias are perfectly normal - just snip them off to keep the plant tidy.
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