How to care for a Dumb Cane plant - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by mzmontoya07
October 15, 2010
I bought a Dumb Cane plant about a month ago. I have it inside and it gets mod. light. Everyday it seems like I'm taking off dying or already dead leaves. What do I need to do?


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Answer from NGA
October 15, 2010

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It's normal for the oldest, lowest leaves on dumb cane to turn yellow and die off. As long as the rest of the plant looks healthy and is putting out new growth, the yellowing leaves are not a symptom of any particular problem. To mask this type of leggy growth, many gardeners plant a cluster of dumbcanes together in a pot. The smaller plants will hide the bare stems of the older plants. Keeping the soil too moist is about the only other reason for yellowing leaves and this may be true with your plant if the yellowing keeps progressing up the plant. Be careful with watering by allowing the top of the soil to dry out slightly between waterings. Best wishes with your new plant.

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