Dieffenbachia Plant Features
Dieffenbachia is one of the easiest indoor houseplants to grow -- and one of the most common indoor plants. This tropical shrub shows off lush leaves that are usually marked in shades of cream, yellow, or white, making dieffenbachia a top pick for brightening dim corners indoors. Dieffenbachia adds fun color and texture without flowers.
Because it grows upright, it's an excellent choice to grow along an empty wall or near a large piece of furniture. It adds flair and drama to bedrooms, dens, offices, and other rooms.
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Dieffenbachia Growing Instructions
Just like most tropical houseplants, grow dieffenbachia in a relatively warm, humid spot with plenty of light. That said, dieffenbachia will tolerate low-light spots, as well. If the leaves develop brown tips or edges, the air may be too dry. Remedy this by relocating your dieffenbachia to a well-lit bathroom (or other humid spot), grouping it with other houseplants (which release moisture into the air as they breathe), or set it on a pebble-filled tray of water (so the bottom of the pot rests on the pebbles, above the water to keep the roots from rotting).
Dieffenbachia plants like regular watering, but they don't ever want the soil to be wet or soggy for extended periods. Because more indoor plants die from over watering than under watering every year, it's best to keep dieffenbachia on the dry side if you're in doubt about whether to water it.
Fertilizing dieffenbachia encourages it to grow more and faster. At minimum, it's best to fertilize diffenbachia once or twice a year, but you can do so more often if you wish. Use any general-purpose houseplant fertilizer and follow the directions on the packaging.
Note: Dieffenbachia may be poisonous. Keep it out of reach of children and pets. If you think your pet may have ingested it, call the Animal Poison Control Center at 888.426.4435.
Indoors: High light
Indoors: Low light
Indoors: Medium light
Green, Variegated, White, Yellow
Medium water needs
Purifies the air
Complement your Dieffenbachia with these varieties:
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Varieties: Our Favorites
Dieffenbachia maculata 'Camille'
One of the most popular houseplants, Camille dieffenbachia has ivory-yellow leaves edged in rich, dark green.Exotic Angel , O2 for You
A larger variety, Carina dieffenbachia shows off medium-green leaves speckled with light green. Splashes of darker green add a fun accent.Exotic Angel , O2 for You
An excellent plant for cleaning the air, Compacta dieffenbachia shows off medium-green leaves speckled heavily with creamy yellow in the centers.Exotic Angel , O2 for You
A bigger variety, Delilah has creamy-white leaves edged and spotted in a lovely shade of dark green.Exotic Angel , O2 for You
Dieffenbachia maculata 'Exotica'
Exotica dieffenbachia is a tall, upright variety with creamy leaves edged in green. The leaves have more green than 'Camille'. It can reach 24 inches tall or more.
Honeydew is a larger dieffenbachia variety with golden-yellow leaves edged in green.Exotic Angel , O2 for You
A faster-growing variety, Mary dieffenbachia shows off light green leaves that are heavily splashed with dark green and creamy green.Exotic Angel , O2 for You
Rebecca shows off bright yellow-green leaves variegated with mid-green edges. It's more compact than old-fashioned varieties.Exotic Angel
Sarah dieffenbachia is a lovely variety showing off dark green leaves splotched with medium green and fading to cream at the leaf's center.Exotic Angel , O2 for You
Snow dieffenbachia is a large-growing variety (to 6 feet or more tall) that features dark green leaves variegated with silvery-green and creamy-white speckles.
Sparkles dieffenbachia is a showy selection that offers light green leaves splotched with dark green and white.Exotic Angel , O2 for You
Dieffenbachia 'Star Bright'
Bearing narrower leaves than many other dieffenbachia varieties, Star Bright is an excellent houseplant with golden-green leaves splashed in dark green.Exotic Angel , O2 for You
A fun variety with wavy, ruffled leaves, Tiki has green foliage spotted with gray, green and white.Exotic Angel , O2 for You
Triumph dieffenbachia is a beauty that offers light green leaves edged in dark green and with a striking white vein running through the center of each leaf.Exotic Angel , O2 for You
Dieffenbachia 'Tropic Marianne'
Tropic Marianne dieffenbachia shows off creamy-white leaves strongly variegated with rich green. In good conditions the leaves may be 12 inches wide. Tropic Marianne can reach 36 inches or more tall.O2 for You
Dieffenbachia 'Tropic Snow'
A shorter, more compact variety, 'Tropic Snow' shows off creamy-white leaves flushed with green and edged in rich, dark green.O2 for You