|We have a pot of Dieffenbachia that has been with us for about a year and started to have some problems.|
1) Developing Vertical Lines on leaves
2) Getting brown from outside in and curling edges and drying out
What seems to be the problem? Please help!
|The only disease problem associated with dieffenbachia is root rot, caused by over-watering. It is normal for the lower leaves to curl and die; as the plant matures, it will shed some of the older leaves in favor of new, young foliage. If the newer leaves are also exhibiting this problem, you may be over-watering, the plant is in a draft (from air conditioning vents), or the indoor air is too dry. Move the plant to a more protected place if necessary, and increase humidity by misting the plant each morning. The only other possibility is an insect problem. While insects aren't a constant problem, they do occasionally get mealy bugs and spider mites. Mealy bugs can be removed with a cotton swab dipped into rubbing alcohol and spider mites should be treated by spraying with insecticidal soap or pyrethrins. |