Dieffenbachia is part of the Araceae family and is found in tropical and subtropical humid forests of Mexico and Tropical America. Leaves are oblanceolate (round apex and tapering base) with striking variegation along the midrib.
Sap burns the mouth and throat causing numbness and possible paralysis of the vocal cords. Sap con also irritate human skin and eyes.
Pot: 19cm diameter.
Height: Approximately 65cm from base of pot.
Secrets to success
Temperature: Ideal temperatures of 15-24°C. Temperatures below could lead to leaf loss. Avoid draughts.
Light: Most suited to bright indirect light with protection from direct sun.
Watering: Water regularly during the Spring and Summer, but reduce watering from Autumn to late winter. Allow soils to dry between waterings.
Air humidity: Dieffenbachia need higher humidity to prevent browning edges but con tolerate some dryness. Higher humidity can be achieved by grouping plants together, using a humidifier or placing the plant on a tray of watered pebbles.
Fertilising: Feed every 2-4 weeks during the growing period and every other month in winter.
Potting mix: As this plant is from the Araceae family I would suggest a well draining mix with bark and perlite.
This plant is toxic, keep out of reach of pets and children.