Dieffenbachia is originally from the tropical rain forests South and Central America such as Brazil, Ecuador and Costa Rica. Named as a tribute to the Vienna Botanist Joseph Dieffenbach
It is used as a decorative outdoor plant in (sub-) tropical regions of the world and can reach a height of 2 metres in those areas.
In temperate climes, the Dieffenbachia Sequins makes a wonderful and popular houseplant.
Temperature: Warm weather is preferred. 15 ° C during the day and 12 ° C at night
Light Preference : The Dieffenbachia does well in a light sunny spot in the home or office. Prefer no direct sunlight. Usually somewhere around 3 metres from a window is ideal.
Electrical lighting: It grows well in the light of the rooms
Irrigation of water: Because it is a tropical plant with large leaves that require relatively much moisture, it is important to always keep the soil slightly moist. You can let the plant dry a little before watering again, make sure that the roots do not stay in the water because of the root rot that occurs then. in the growth period that runs from March to August. Water slightly more in the summer than in the winter.
Humidity : prefers high humidity (60-70%). Spraying the plant to remove dust from the leaves and prevent vermin – 2 or 3 times a day even! . Spraying also promotes the quality and decorative value of the houseplant.
Fertilization : Only moderately feed the Dieffenbachia in the spring and summer. Never give too much this can lead to burning of the roots. Check the package for the correct dosage.
Pot Size : It is best to repot a Dieffenbachia once every two years in a larger pot. The best period for repotting is spring or immediately after purchasing the plant. A larger pot will stimulate growth and the advantage is a larger buffer soil so that the water is more spread and there is less chance of root rot. Always take a pot that is 20 to 25% larger and do not use Hydro pellets on the bottom of the pot. It is best to use a plastic insert cover for large pots.
Pruning : Due to its compact habit, you do not have to prune a Dieffenbachia. To preserve the decorative value of the plant, it is advisable to simply cut old and / or dead leaves at the stem.
Flowering : This plant can flower in the home, but this is more to be expected in tropical regions.
Toxic : The Dieffenbachia is a poisonous plant. If you have been in contact with the sap of the plant or the green fruits, it is advisable to wash your hands thoroughly, consult your home or veterinarian!
• As the plant generally grows towards the light, it is a good idea to give it a quarter turn every month – standing it, pot and all, on a wheeled base makes this easier of course.
• Dieffenbachia sequins will appreciate being stood outdoors on a warm but rainy day. It will really perk up after a shower.
• As in its natural habitat, it will regularly lose its lower leaves – do not worry if they turn yellow and drop off, as long as it continues to make new ones.
With these tips, you can keep your dieffenbachia healthy and looking fresh for a long time.