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How do I care for this plant and?

How do I care for this plant and?
Posted by Kevin from Washington on 2005-04-14 10:59:00

Does anyone know what this plant is called?

I've had it for years- left by an old roommate-I'm trying to care for it correctly..

Thank you,

  • Dieffenbachia
    Posted by Will Creed ( from NY on 2005-04-24 07:51:00

    Hi Kevin,

    Your plant is a Dieffenbachia. The pot is too big. The soil is staying too moist. It is not getting enough light. And it needs to be pruned back. Other than that, it is fine!

    I suspect that the root system is nearly non-existent at this point. The large volume of soil relative to the root system means that the soil stays moist for too long. This causes the roots to slowly rot away.

    The weak, spindley growth is due to inadequate light. Locate it on a sunny windowsill, if possible.

    New growth is always at the ends of stems. If you prune back the very long stems to a length of a couple inches, then the new growth will come in closer to the pot.

    I hope this helps.

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