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Wilmington, NC, USA
Kailynb
May 3, 2020 8:38 AM CST
Hi, so my diffenbachia plant started dying a couple of months ago. I'm not sure what it's cause was but I picked it up on discount because it was Already in rough shape at the store. It had some kind of fungus growing in the soil and root system. Anyways, it lost all its leaves and I finally decided to just put it outside and let it die completely.

Now that it's been outside, it has put out a few shoots on the base Of the stem. I'm not sure what to do from here. Do I let the plant grow or do I need to cut the stem? I never took it out of the original pot to get rid of the fungus. Just sprayed directly on top of the soil. However I know it was in the root system because it was sitting in a directive pot and that pot had the fungus growing in it as well. The visible roots in the pot it's currently in seem ok but it's possibly a little root bound? I don't really know much about the plant. Any help would be appreciated! The new growth I'm talking about are the little nodes.
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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
May 3, 2020 9:04 AM CST
You can cut off the main stem 3 or 4 inches above the soil. That will promote new growth on the new shoots that have already started to emerge.
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