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Jan 28, 2014 11:12 AM CST

I've recently acquired a cutting from a very healthy dieffenbachia plant, cut with a full uncut section in the middle with a stem. I planted the cutting with it laying on the dirt, stem side up, and dirt halfway up the sides. I water it every few days, when I notice the soil getting dry. The plant sits in my living room where it gets almost entirely indirect sunlight. The soil is a mix of 1 part perlite and 2 parts miracle grow moisture control potting soil. The edges where the cuts were made are turning yellow and I don't see any roots growing. It's been a few weeks now. Any ideas? Can it be saved? What am I doing wrong?

Thanks in advance!!

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Jan 29, 2014 10:22 PM CST
Name: woofie
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Jan 30, 2014 11:37 AM CST
Don't know. I looked up starting Dieffenbachia from cuttings and the only thing you're not doing that was recommended is covering it with a plastic bag to hold in the humidity.
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Jan 30, 2014 11:37 AM CST
I saw this but decided I didn't know enough about growing these inside to help you. I can say this though, they don't like as much water as many think, I'd let the soil get dry around it and see if that causes it to reach out more with roots. It looks like tiny roots forming on the picture but that could be debris from the potting soil. I hope you get some better advice, the plant is endemic here outside and I've only rooted long sections. For those, I stick them in soil but I let the soil get completely dry before I water again, otherwise they rot. Even when they are completely dry, I water sparingly. As well as liking less water than generally assumed, they like a lot more light than most people supply. Here they commonly grow in full morning sun and grow best in lots of light but not noon sun. I hope you can get this little cutie to root, and I hope someone steps in that can help you more.
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Jan 30, 2014 3:46 PM CST
I agree with Jonna.
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