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Dieffenbachia Care

There are many different species of Dieffenbachia, featuring many different interesting leaf patterns. Dieffenbachia are known for being a low-maintenance houseplant that will tolerate less-than-ideal conditions. They are a perfect choice for new or busy plant owners.

How to care for your Dieffenbachia

Use these instructions to care for a Dieffenbachia. This guide will tell you how to water a Dieffenbachia; its light, temperature, humidity preferences and any additional care it might need to help it grow.



Your Dieffenbachia will do best in bright, indirect light. However, your Dieffenbachia will tolerate lower light situations. Just don’t let it sit in direct sunlight all day. 


Water your Dieffenbachia when the soil is dry 50-75% down. Water thoroughly, and be sure to empty the saucer of any excess water to prevent root rot. 


Your Dieffenbachia can survive in a low humidity environment but will thrive with higher humidity levels. Mist the leaves regularly, place a humidifier nearby, or use a pebble tray to raise the humidity.


Your Dieffenbachia prefers temperatures between 60-80 degrees. Avoid cold drafts and sudden temperature changes.


For best results, use a liquid houseplant fertilizer diluted to half the recommended strength once a month during the spring and summer. Never apply fertilizer to dry soil, always make sure the soil is damp before feeding your plant.


Your Dieffenbachia is considered to be toxic to pets and humans.


If you notice the tips or edges of your plant’s leaves are turning brown, often with a yellowish hue at the edge, it could be due to your tap water. You can prevent this by watering with filtered water or rainwater. Remove any yellow leaves to keep your plant strong and growing.

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What's a Dieffenbachia?

Botanical Classification: Dieffenbachia


Dieffenbachia are popular indoor plants for the home or office due to their regal appearance and the fact that they can grow between 3’ to 5’ indoors. They are very easy to care for, and if you run into any issues with over or under watering or lighting, it can rebound quickly when you course-correct on your care routine.

Native to Mexico, South America, and the West Indies, Dieffenbachia plants thrive in bright, indirect light, and can even adapt to fluorescent light, making them an office decoration hero. Just make sure to keep them away from children and pets as the leaves are mildly toxic!

Fun Fact

A common name for this plant is Leopard Lily, due to the distinctive striped pattern on Dieffenbachia leaves.

Pictured Left: Dieffenbachia

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