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Name: Nelia Santos
Paris
Hey everyone
Plantkeeper
Mar 5, 2017 7:19 PM CST
Hi my husband bought me a beautiful dumb cane plant but when I really looked at it, it looks like it has a white powdery stuff on the leaves is this bad and can I treat it or just take it back to the store please help would hate to loose it
Thank you
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Mar 5, 2017 7:52 PM CST
Welcome!

If you just got it and have a problem with it, please take it back to the store, quick.
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Name: Nelia Santos
Paris
Hey everyone
Plantkeeper
Mar 6, 2017 12:19 PM CST
Can I treat it
Thank you
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Mar 6, 2017 12:22 PM CST
Maybe you should post some photos so we can see what you are seeing.

Why would you want to buy a sick plant and treat it? Go get a healthy one.
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Name: Lin
Florida Zone 9b, 10a

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plantladylin
Mar 6, 2017 7:29 PM CST
Hi Plantkeeper, Welcome!

Neil, it sounds like your Dumb Cane plant, Dieffenbachias (Dieffenbachia) may have Powdery Mildew, which is a fungal disease that occurs at times on many different types of plants. Sometimes when plants are grown in very close proximity to other plants, without much air circulation the fungus will appear.

There's information on these pages about control:
https://www.planetnatural.com/...
http://www.growingagreenerworl...
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