Dieffenbachia sequine (Dumb Cane) ‘Compacta’ is a robust and easy to grow houseplant.
Dieffenbachia is originally from the tropical rain forests South and Central America such as Brazil, Ecuador and CostaRica
It is used as a decorative outdoor plant in (sub-) tropical regions of the world and can reach a height of 2 metres in those areas.
In temperate climes, the Dieffenbachia sequine (Dumb Cane) ‘Compacta’ makes a wonderful and popular houseplant.
This plant can flower in the home, but this is more to be expected in tropical regions.
Dieffenbachia belongs to the Araceae family and as all members of this family the Dieffenbachia sequine (Dumb Cane) ‘Compacta’ has a toxic milky sap. There is however, under normal circumstances, no danger to anyone. Do rinse off if your skin comes in contact.
Temperature: Warm weather is preferred.
Lighting preference: Indirect sunlight
Electrical lighting: It grows well in the light of the rooms
Irrigation of water: Watering your Dieffenbachia weekly will help it to grow well – add some plant food for leafy plants to the water fortnightly. Water 2x a week in the warm summer season but do wait until the compost feels dry to the touch.
Humidity: Spraying the plant regularly will help – 2 or 3 times a day even!
• As in its natural habitat, it will regularly lose its lower leaves – do not worry if they turn yellow and drop off, as long as it continues to make new ones.
• Remember all of the above and you can keep your Dieffenbachia healthy and looking fresh for a long time.