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MommaM
Feb 17, 2019 11:26 AM CST
I have this plant i dont even know the name that im in dire need of help, im either under/over watering or not enough light or to cold? Im not sure it just does not seem to be able to grow a complete leaf they turn brown before even opening? This plant when i brought him home was beautiful....What am i doing wrong?? Help please
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porkpal
Feb 17, 2019 11:47 AM CST
The soil looks quite wet. Does the pot have a drain hole ?
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Henderman
Feb 17, 2019 12:05 PM CST
It looks like some kind of Dieffenbachia. They don't need much water and they don't like direct light
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From https://www.gardeningknowhow.c...:

"Overwatering is a common problem with many houseplants and the dieffenbachia houseplant is no exception. Plant the dumbcane in a well-draining soil and water lightly, keeping the soil consistently moist, but not soggy. Check the soil to make sure it is dry an inch down before watering the dieffenbachia plant."

"When growing dieffenbachia, most varieties do best in a filtered light situation, where bright to moderate light shines through a sheer curtain or other filtering window cover. Filtered light is particularly important in the spring and summer, when the dieffenbachia houseplant is producing new, tender leaves that are subject to sunburn if the light is too bright or shines directly on the plant."
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MommaM
Feb 17, 2019 12:09 PM CST
porkpal said:The soil looks quite wet. Does the pot have a drain hole ?

I had just watered when i took the picture i let this plant get very dry before i attempt to water again it just seems to struggle and i love the plant
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MommaM
Feb 17, 2019 12:10 PM CST
porkpal said:The soil looks quite wet. Does the pot have a drain hole ?
yes it has drain holes

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Gina1960
Feb 17, 2019 12:26 PM CST
Are those white specks bugs?
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MommaM
Feb 17, 2019 12:34 PM CST
Gina1960 said:Are those white specks bugs?

No bugs? Just part of the stock
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Gina1960
Feb 17, 2019 12:42 PM CST
Oh. It was hard for me to tell. The white specks looked kind of raised up to me
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MommaM
Feb 17, 2019 2:07 PM CST
Gina1960 said:Oh. It was hard for me to tell. The white specks looked kind of raised up to me

No worries no bugs :)
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WillC
Feb 18, 2019 8:09 AM CST
It appears to be a watering problem. Allow the top one inch of soil to get dry and then water it thoroughly. It wants protection from the direct rays of the sun, but otherwise, it should be within a few feet of an uncovered window.
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plantladylin
Feb 18, 2019 1:35 PM CST
From what I can see of the stems and the leaf, it looks like a Dumb Cane (Dieffenbachia seguine) which requires bright, indirect light (but no direct sun) and warmth (not subjected to cold drafts.) I too feel that the issue is probably water/soil/root related. If it's planted in a heavy, water retentive soil, root issues can arise due to lack of aeration and poor drainage. It could be that the root system is quite small for the size of the container.


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MommaM
Feb 18, 2019 3:45 PM CST
plantladylin said:From what I can see of the stems and the leaf, it looks like a Dumb Cane (Dieffenbachia seguine) which requires bright, indirect light (but no direct sun) and warmth (not subjected to cold drafts.) I too feel that the issue is probably water/soil/root related. If it's planted in a heavy, water retentive soil, root issues can arise due to lack of aeration and poor drainage. It could be that the root system is quite small for the size of the container.


thats great to know maybe i shall try to transplant to a smaller pot find a new home meaning different location thank you

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Gina1960
Feb 18, 2019 4:42 PM CST
LOL @plantladylin this is one of the plants I was going to throw into the greenhouse stream next and see how it does as an emmersed aquatic. I'll let you know how it progresses....I have to pick up a small one at one of the box stores this spring
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plantladylin
Feb 18, 2019 6:13 PM CST
@Gina1960 ... I had no idea they would grow aquatically! Yes, please keep us posted!
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MommaM
Feb 18, 2019 7:07 PM CST
Gina1960 said:LOL @plantladylin this is one of the plants I was going to throw into the greenhouse stream next and see how it does as an emmersed aquatic. I'll let you know how it progresses....I have to pick up a small one at one of the box stores this spring


Funny I had one stem that was falling over so I put it in some water and low and behold its sprouting a new leaf...we shall see


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MommaM
Feb 18, 2019 8:07 PM CST
plantladylin said:From what I can see of the stems and the leaf, it looks like a Dumb Cane (Dieffenbachia seguine) which requires bright, indirect light (but no direct sun) and warmth (not subjected to cold drafts.) I too feel that the issue is probably water/soil/root related. If it's planted in a heavy, water retentive soil, root issues can arise due to lack of aeration and poor drainage. It could be that the root system is quite small for the size of the container.


heres the one i put in water


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Name: Gina
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Gina1960
Feb 18, 2019 8:10 PM CST
Aglaonema will grow as an emmersed aquatic so I think dieffenbachia may too. I have three different aglaonemas in water in my stream. I had two that I put in some time ago that are completely naturalized and spreading. I just took a piece of my 'Confetti' and put it in there about 2 weeks ago.
If Lowes puts some of the current ones they have on the Deader Rack I am going to pop a few of them in there too .
I actually have a plant of a species dieffenbachia, the tag is long gone but it is one of the main species used as a breeder for some of the hybrids, from a trade ages ago, growing in the ground in the greenhouse. It went dormant for a while and is back now....I may pop it in there tomorrow as an experiment and see what happens.
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WillC
Feb 19, 2019 2:12 PM CST
Most any soft-tissue plant that will root in water can be grown aquatically even though it does not normally grow that way in nature. Lucky Bamboo is the most common example of that.
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Name: Gina
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Gina1960
Feb 19, 2019 2:53 PM CST
Yes that is why people have paludariums and ripariums. Its a very interesting hobby in itself.
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MommaM
Feb 19, 2019 3:51 PM CST
Gina1960 said:LOL @plantladylin this is one of the plants I was going to throw into the greenhouse stream next and see how it does as an emmersed aquatic. I'll let you know how it progresses....I have to pick up a small one at one of the box stores this spring

I put a stem in some water and low and behold I have 2 sprouts coming out of the top of the stem Rolling my eyes.

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