Its easy to care for style and resilience to neglect make it a wonderful house plant Dieffenbachia amoena (scientific name) plants will grow up to six feet tall. Plant Morphology: Growth Form: A robust herbaceous shrub with usually unbranched fleshy stems and large elliptic leaves arching gracefully from the upright. Dieffenbachias are easy houseplants that tolerate a wide range of conditions. The name Dumb Cane reflects the fact that the acrid sap will burn.

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The beauty of the dumb cane plant comes from the unique pattern found on every leaf. Another false belief about Dieffenbachia’s is that they need very little light. You’ll know which by looking back on how you’ve been caring for the plant.

Dieffenbachia amoena

Each leaf will ultimately reach around 20 inches 47 cm long, and 10 inches 25 cm wide. Repotting You can repot at any time of the year but do so with caution for two reasons. Cut the scorch out, or remove the entire leaf entirely then find a new shadier home for the plant. Like Pothosthe Dumb Cane is a real crier. After watering its leaf becomes straight and brittle.

Propagation You can somtimes divide Dumb Canes when you repot them if they’re very bushy, although for the same reason why you should think carefully before repotting – when you divide you inevitably reduce the bushy nature. Pages with citations lacking titles Pages with citations having bare URLs Articles with ‘species’ microformats All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from July Are They a Problem?


Constantly moist conditions should be avoided. Over-fertilization will cause the plant to start dropping leaves. If the cane you have cut off has a crown of leaves at the top, you can also reuse this by planting it into a similar compost mix. This plant prefers bright, indirect sun light for the optimal growth. If you give it a large container you could be looking at 1. They also need moderately moist soil, which should be regularly fertilized with a proprietary houseplant fertilizer.

Dieffenbachia (Dumb Cane / Leopard Lily)

Red Spider Mite can be a problem in such situations though. If a leaf is chewed, these crystals can cause a temporary burning sensation and erythema. It will kill your children, it will commit murder most foul and its even been known to burn down houses!

Remember to water well then wait until the soil dries out some what before watering again.

Dieffenbachia amoena

In such cases, symptoms generally include severe pain which can last for several days amoean weeks. It should not be placed in front of an air-conditioner unit or fan. This plant propagates best from new growth cuttings or from breaking away young stems that grow on the side of the plant.


It can attain a height of 6 feet in favourable condition. Seriously toxic to cats and dogs. Dieffenbachia or to use its common name Dumb Cane has a bad reputation as a houseplant.

Our website is all about Houseplants. Retrieved 17 June The first is purely a safely issue because you are more likely to damage the leaves and release the sap when you are repotting.

This page was last edited on 25 Decemberat Before moving the plant, allow the soil to dry amoenna. Retrieved 24 January Watering makes the leaves stiffen. Home Dieftenbachia Plants You’re Here. Species in this genus are popular as houseplants because of their tolerance of shade. Retrieved from ” https: Wikimedia Commons has media related to Dieffenbachia.

Temperature Guide Amoean is an important factor for growth and varies from species to species. Place these sideways in moist sand until roots begin to show, then transfer upright to soil. Subscribe for tips, news and deals. This is one houseplant which probably wont mind a routine watering regime. In other projects Wikimedia Commons.