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Thursday, 15 September 2016

FFF252 - DIEFFENBACHIA

Dieffenbachia is a genus of tropical flowering plants in the family Araceae. It is native to the New World Tropics from Mexico and the West Indies south to Argentina. It is widely cultivated as an ornamental, especially as a house plant, and has become naturalised on a few tropical islands. Dieffenbachia prefers medium sunlight, moderately dry soil and average home temperatures of 17–27 °C. Indoors it should be watered about twice a week.

Dieffenbachia is a perennial herbaceous plant with straight stem, simple and alternate leaves containing white spots and flecks, making it attractive as indoor foliage. Species in this genus are popular as houseplants because of their tolerance of shade. The flowers are green/white and have the typical spathe of arums. The common name, "dumb canes" refers to the poisoning effect of raphides, which can cause temporary inability to speak.

Dieffenbachia was named by Heinrich Wilhelm Schott, director of the Botanical Gardens in Vienna to honour his head gardener Joseph Dieffenbach (1796–1863).

With a minimum temperature tolerance of +5 °C, Dieffenbachia must be grown indoors in temperate areas. They need light, but filtered sunlight through a window is usually sufficient. They also need moderately moist soil, which should be regularly fertilised with a proprietary houseplant fertiliser. Leaves will periodically roll up and fall off to make way for new leaves. Yellowing of the leaves is generally a sign of problematic conditions, such as a nutrient deficiency in the soil. Dieffenbachia respond well to hot temperatures and dry climates.

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22 comments:

  1. Hmmm, have never seen these to flower before. I have a couple in the house and although they do well in terms of foliage, they never flower!

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  2. Dear Nick,

    I like the Dieffenbachia so much.
    Also the name ;)
    Thank you so much for showing and sharing.

    Best wishes - Julia

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  3. It lookes like an indoor flower we have, but the leaves are mutch bigger.
    All the best /Marika

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  4. A plant that I have never seen flower.

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  5. Yes, it's an indoor plant here!

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  6. Love your shot from the developing blooms!

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  7. Great info. I used to grow these indoors as a houseplant. Thank you for hosting!

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  8. Here it is an indoor plant, too. I've not seen it outside before.
    Have a great day, dear Nick!
    Greetings from Germany ... Frauke

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  9. Love your shot.
    it's an indoor plant here.
    I have at home one.

    All the best/ Elke

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  10. Heisann, elegant plant... I´m looking at mine i the living room just now! Have a nice weekend ;:OD)

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  11. Good mornig Nick,
    I also know it as an indoor plant. It is very beautiful.

    Greetings from Germany
    Birgit

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  12. Hello and good Morning Nick, what a lovely capture of the Diefenbachia. I know this plant too.

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  13. Hello Nick,
    Dieffenbachia is a wonderful indoor plant, I love it!
    Have a nice week,
    moni
    http://www.reflexionblog.de

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  14. Interesting plant! Thanks for hosting. :D

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  15. Dear Nick,
    I like the different green colours.....
    Have a nice weekend Jen

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  16. Hi Nick,
    I know the Dieffenbachia, but never saw it blooming (blooming, to bloom - right? Ah, you will understand, what I mean).
    Have a nice weekend-
    Elke (Frankfurt/Germany)

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  17. I enjoyed learning about this plant Nick, and another lovely photo. Thank you!

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  18. I really like the picture. My Granny used to have one... thank you.

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  19. pretty image. I had one in my house one time. They are easy to grow.

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  20. pretty image. I had one in my house one time. They are easy to grow.

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  21. Very nice flower Nick!
    Have a Lovely weekend!

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  22. Just a beautiful flower !!
    Happy weekend !

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