Dumb Cane (Dieffenbachia seguine)

by | Jul 31, 2022

Dumb Cane Plant

The Dumb cane plant has pointed, ovate leaves that can be green, white, or a mix of cream and white. A big, healthy Dumb cane plant can grow up to 10 feet tall and have leaves that are 20 inches long. In normal indoor conditions, the plants are more likely to grow to about 3 to 5 feet tall.

The Dumb cane plant is a fast-growing plant that can grow to be 2 feet tall in a year if you plant a cutting that has roots. This is true as long as the plant gets enough light. Even though the name “dumb cane” is no longer used as an insult, it was given that name because the plant is very dangerous for humans, dogs, and cats.

Dumb Cane Plant Care Tips & Growing Guide

Dumb Cane Plant

The Dumb cane plant grows best in bright, indirect sunlight indoors. Plant it in potting soil that is rich in peat and has good drainage. As a tropical plant, it will do best in a place with a lot of moisture. One way to do this is by putting the pot on a tray of wet pebbles. During the dry winter months, misting the leaves can help.

This plant has the same problem as many other indoor plants: it gets too much water. Let the top 2 inches of potting soil dry out completely before giving it a lot of water. This will let the water drain out of the bottom of the pot. As the plant grows, you can remove the lower, weaker leaves if you want to make it look like a small palm with an arching canopy.

Water

Dumb cane plants don’t want to dry out when they are growing, so keep them moist. If you have a big Dumb cane plant, you’ll probably have to water it twice a week. In the winter, use less water. A Dumb cane plant shouldn’t get too much water at once because this can cause it to rot.

Light

The foliage and blooms of the Dumb cane plant are attractive. These plants look nice indoors since they are adapted to low light conditions. However, these plants desire bright light in the winter. The plant thrives best in dappled shade or indirect sunshine throughout the growing season. Because the plant grows quicker on one side than the other

Humidity And Temperature

This plant is happiest in temperatures ranging from 65 degrees to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. If the temperature drops below 60 degrees Fahrenheit, or if the plant is subjected to chilling winds, it will most likely lose lower leaves and take on a palm-like form.

Feeding

For the best results, feed your plants frequently (every four to six weeks) with a rounded, diluted fertilizer, like a 20-20-20. Some growers, on the other hand, swear to use a weak, diluted fertilizer every time they water.

Repotting

Dumb cane plants usually need to be replanted every year. Keep an eye out for signs of stress on the plant, like roots poking out of the soil or leaves falling off. These could be signs that the plant needs a new pot. To repot a plant, just pick it up as a whole, knock off any old soil or dead parts of the roots, and put the plant in a bigger pot with some fresh soil. Give a Dumb cane plant some time to get used to its new home after you move it. Don’t touch the sap. Instead, wear gloves.

Propagating

A Dumb cane plant is easy to grow more of in three ways.

To Divide By Root Division:

  1. When you repot your plant in the spring, you can separate the offsets and plant them in their own pots.
  2. If you go this route, be careful not to hurt the roots of the parent plant and use a clean tool so you don’t spread the disease.

To Propagate A Stump:

  1. Dumb cane plant that is getting tall and old can have their tops cut off and replanted in new soil with a rooting hormone.
  2. From the stump, new leaves will grow.
  3. When new leaves come out, take off the old ones.

To Grow New Canes From Cuttings:

  1. Pieces of the cane can grow new shoots if they are laid flat in moist potting soil.
  2. As the pieces grow roots, leaves will start to grow on them.

Toxicity

The Dumb cane plant (dieffenbachia spp.) is a popular houseplant that originates from the tropical regions of Africa, Asia, and South America. However, the plant is also harmful to humans and animals because it includes calcium oxalate in all of its parts.

In severe cases, ingestion of the dumb cane plant can lead to difficulty breathing and swallowing. If you suspect that your child or pet has ingested any part of the dumb cane plant, it is important to seek medical attention immediately. Dumb cane plants are also known by the names mother-in-law’s tongue and devil’s ivy.

Common Pests And Diseases

The majority of problems with Dumb cane plants occur because they are kept indoors. They can, however, be susceptible to spider mites, which may be combated with horticultural oil.

Common Problems

One of the most common problems with dumb cane plants is over-watering. If the plant is wilting, it’s likely that it’s not getting enough water. Check the soil to see if it’s dry; if it is, give the plant a good watering. Another common problem is root rot, which can be caused by over-watering or by sitting the plant in water.

If you think your plant has root rot, take a look at the roots. If they’re black and mushy, you’ll need to report the plant in fresh, dry soil. Finally, brown leaves can be a sign of too much sun or wind exposure. Move the plant to a shadier spot and make sure it’s not in direct sunlight. With a little care, you can keep your dumb cane plant healthy and thriving.

FAQ

Is The Dumb cane plant Easy To Grow?

The Dumb cane plant is a fairly easy plant to grow indoors, but for the best results, it needs the right amount of light, fairly high humidity, and regular watering.

How Fast Does Dumb cane plant Grow?

The Dumb cane plant grows quickly and can reach a height of 2 feet in just one year.

How Long Can A Dumb cane plant Houseplant Live?

Dumb cane plant houseplants can live for many years as long as their soil is changed every so often and their leaves are replaced when they die.

Final Thoughts

We have learned a lot about this interesting plant and we hope that you have found this information useful. Please remember, when working with any plants, especially those that are poisonous, it is important to take precautions and use caution. Be sure to read up on all of the safety guidelines before beginning your own gardening project. 

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Shelbi Clifford

Shelbi Clifford

Hi, I'm Shelbi! I am the founder of Houseplant Advisor - a blog for all things houseplants. Whether you are looking to add some green to your home or want to learn about how plants can help improve air quality in your space, Houseplant Advisor is here with the answers. Do you have any questions? Feel free to reach out and ask me anything!

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