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May 23, 2020 12:36 PM CST
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So I ordered a dumb cane reflector on Etsy and it arrived a week later.. When I opened the box, the roots were wrapped in a moist paper towel and one lower leaf was yellow, so I cut it off. All the leaves were droopy and some leaves were starting to yellow. To me the roots looked fine, whitish colour. I potted it up, gave it water, and left it near a bright indirect window.

Today, 5 days later, the two lower leaves are flushed with yellow, plant is still droopy, and some roots are very fragile.

So I'm sitting here in front of this diefenbachia thinking how to save it. Has anyone got some tips? Something I could do to save this little guy?
Should I put it in water, in sphagnum moss, or soil? I really don't want the other two leaves to turn yellow!

Thank you in advance for your response!
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May 23, 2020 1:57 PM CST
Name: Will Creed
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When a plant is bare-rooted it will struggle initially until it develops healthy roots that are suited to whatever potting medium you use. In the interim, it is likely to lose more leaves. That is the risk of ordering bare-rooted plants.

I suggest you use either a peat-based potting mix with added perlite or sphagnum moss. More importantly, use a pot that is just large enough for the roots to fit into snugly along with just enough potting mix to barely cover them. Then try to keep the potting medium damp, but not wet while new roots slowly grow and fill the pot.

Keep temps warm and provide lots of bright but indirect sunlight.
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May 23, 2020 3:04 PM CST
Name: Gina
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I'm not sure why your seller bare rooted the plant, unless he is not legally allowed to ship soil. It would have been best of it had been packed in damp moss but what is done is done. The roots don;t look bad but there certainly was some damage done. Will has good advice...pot it in a nice potting mix, cut off these yellow leaves (they will not recover) and start taking good care of it, and it should recover. Dieffenbachia are not hard to grow. This one just needs to re-establish itself.
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May 24, 2020 12:55 AM CST
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I was not expecting it to be bare rooted Crying Thank you for your responses! I will give your tips a try and hope Crossing Fingers! that this little guy will survive!! Thank You!
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