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SpamAllan
Dec 3, 2017 4:44 PM CST
Hey,

I have a very sad dieffenbachia and was wondering if anyone has any tips to help bring it back or break the bad news to me if it's too late?

I water only when the top of the soil feels dry. It sits in a window that gets a lot of morning sun (although it is winter so there isn't much if that).

It has slowly been losing its leaves although grows a new one at the same time. I'm worried now though because both the leaves are browning and it has no new growth.

Thanks for any help, you guys are all great!
Sam


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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Dec 3, 2017 5:39 PM CST
Make sure it is right in the window or on the windowsill. Keep it as warm as possible. Allow the soil to dry an inch deep into the pot and then water very lightly.
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Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
Dec 4, 2017 10:45 AM CST
I agree with Will.
One other thing allthough. Looks like it's pot is sitting in another pot. A big no no. Any moisture under and around main pot, will cause problems. Bottom of main pot needs air. Root rot, That could be your problem. Soil needs to dry some, so roots get air.

Also, any plant pot, needs at least one drain hole.
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SpamAllan
Dec 4, 2017 1:31 PM CST
Thanks both! It is indeed in a pot inside a pot but both do have drainage holes.

I think it probably does have root rot so we will see if it recovers.
Name: Will Creed
NYC
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WillC
Dec 4, 2017 3:35 PM CST
Double-potting is fine as long as the inner pot has drain holes and you always check after watering to make sure that water is not collecting in the bottom of the outer pot.

Root rot (suffocation, actually) occurs when the soil is not allowed to dry out sufficiently from the top down into the pot. Air enters the root zone from the top surface, not through bottom drain holes.
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Name: Paula
NYC suburbs (Zone 6b)
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Turbosaurus
Dec 4, 2017 10:04 PM CST
Im 100% sure its not too late. These are tough little buggers.

All the advice you've gotten is great advice, and probably the source of your issues (watering and light- more light is always better indoors), but I wonder where/when you got this, and how long have you had it?

Its possible its a recent cutting that's still working on its root development. That won't help you make it happier, but it might shift the guilt/hope levels in your favor.
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Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
Dec 5, 2017 8:40 AM CST
If you suspect root rot, you should address it. Remove rotten roots. Use some better draining soil. Probably a smaller pot.
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