Dumb Cane | Dieffenbachia
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Dumb Cane | Dieffenbachia

I might be called a Dumb Cane, but I'm not dumb looking. I have big, tear shaped leaves, normally flecked with yellow.

Useful to know:

Origin

I come from Brazil.

Height/Growth

I'm fairly fast growing and can reach between 1m and 1m 20.

Light

I prefer bright, indirect light but can tolerate light shade. Lower light levels reduce the rate of growth and dull my leaves, but direct sunlight will scorch them. A similar plant is Dumb Cane 'Reflector'.

Water

When the top inches of my soil start to dry out, give me a drink, but don't overwater me.

Temperature

My ideal temperature is between 18-24°C but I can cope with as low as 10°C for short periods. Keep me away from draughts.

Feeding

I'm not too hungry, so will only want a weak dose of fertiliser during growing season.

Grooming

Wipe my leaves with a damp cloth to remove accumulated dust.

Care

If I'm growing too tall, or looking a bit unkempt, trim my stems with sharp shears.

Toxicity

I'm quite poisonous, so keep me away from kids and pets.

Fact

I'm great for your lungs as I help to purify the air! Click here to buy Dumb Cane 'Tropic Snow'.

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