Dieffenbachia has large fleshy leaves on stout stalks. The sap is poisonous if ingested so keep it away if you have toddlers or pets. Want a little trivia? It was once a subject of an SNS hoax - "killer house plant". While it is indeed poisonous, the hoax was greatly exaggerated. It's perfectly safe to keep around the house. :)
Info from Dr. D.G. Hessayon's The Houseplant Expert
- Temperature: Average or above average warmth, hates cold air draft
- Light: Partial shade in summer, bright light in winter
- Water: Water regularly during warm months, water sparingly during cold months
- Air Humidity: Mist often. Surround pot with damp peat.
- Lower leaves yellow & wilted: cold temperature or cold air drafts
- Loss of color: direct sunlight or excessive brightness. Move to a shadier spot.
- Loss of leaves: cold temperature or cold air drafts. Old leaves tend to drop naturally.
- Leaves with brown edges: cold air or compost has been allowed to dry out.
- Stem base soft & discolored: over-watering & cold temperature.
Isn't it photogenic? And strangely this photo reminds me of the movie "Borrower Arrietty". It's based on a children's novel (The Borrowers) about little people living amongt normal humans by keeping out of sight borrowing little things from them. I haven't read the book yet but it's on my never-ending to-read list. *lol* I did see the US movie version of it and I remember it being hilarious and quite fun to watch. The Japanese animated movie though is a bit serious and heartwarming. It's produced by Studio Ghibli so you can expect awesome graphics!
If you can, get your own copy or check youtube. :)
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