Dieffenbachia - Camille
- Botanical Name: Dieffenbachia Maculata
- Origins: Brazil
- Light: Medium Light
- Watering: Daily
- Growth Speed: Medium
- Grower: Novice
- Style: Table Top
- Home Decor: Casual
- Variety Code: 52
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Product Description - Camille
Dieffenbachias have been popular house plants for more than 150 years not only because of their attractive foliage, but because they can withstand the many handicaps of an indoor environment. Dieffenbachias are usually less than 2 1/2 feet tall when they are sold by florists, at which height their lower leaves cover the edges of the pots. As the plants get larger, the lower leaves gradually wither, and younger ones at the tops of the stems make the plants look like miniature palm trees. Plants may eventually become 4 to 5 feet tall but usually need to be cut back before they reach this size.
The charming Dieffenbachia tolerates dim light. Its 18-inch long blue-green leaves have irregular white blotches along the crosswise veins. The variable dieffenbachia is seldom grown, but its varieties are very popular. One of the best is Rudolph Roehrs, whose 10- to 12-inch gold-green leaves have white blotches and dark green edges and central ribs.
Plant CareDieffenbachias grow best in bright indirect or curtain-filtered sunlight; if only artificial light is available, provide at least 400 foot-candles. Night temperatures of 65 to 70 degrees and day temperatures of 75 to 85 degrees are ideal. Let the soil become moderately dry between thorough watering. Feed established plants every two or three months with any standard house-plant fertilizer diluted to one half the recommended minimum strength, but wait three or four months before feeding newly purchased or newly potted plants. Repot overcrowded plants at any season using a packaged general-purpose potting soil. To stimulate new growth, cut the plants back in spring to within 4 to 6 inches of the rim of the pot. Propagate at any season from sections of main stems or by the method known as air layering. Watch for spider mites.
Tuesday, 22 October 2013 20:37 |
posted by Roseanna
I have a Draceana, and it's dying, I've tried everything...I thought it was the fertilizer or moving it from the original pot to a bigger one or could it just be the change in the weather,(I live in Philadelphia Pa). It's a lowlight plant (at least that' what the care tag said) which was good for me because I don't get much sunlight I have a big tree in front of my house and an awning on the front, but upstairs it gets filtered light...what am I doing wrong?
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