Dieffenbachia or 'Tropic Marianne' - Knowledgebase Question

Allendale, NJ
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Question by Delehcim
February 14, 2000
Today I bought a plant named Dieffenbachia or 'Tropic Marianne', the only tips that came with it were to water until the water drains out, and not to water again until soil is dry. I really want to take care of this plant, and need some tips on how to do so.


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Answer from NGA
February 14, 2000
Dieffenbachia is also called Dumb Cane. The preferred watering technique for this plant is to water it very well (drench) and then let it dry somewhat -- so the surface of the sil is dry -- before you water it again. The plant should not wilt between waterings, though. Give your plant a bright location but no direct sun; locate it in the middle of a brightly lit room, or against a wall next to but not in front of a window. It will also tolerate fairly low light although it will not grow as fast. Fertilize once a month with a liquid fertilizer for foliage houseplants according to the label instructions and repot when necessary using a rich potting mix

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