Meet The Family: Dieffenbachia – The Most Underrated Plant

My Dieffenbachia, also known as a Dumb Cane is one of my favourite plants and probably the plant that has surprised me the most. I saw her in one of our local supermarkets and my husband went back and bought her as a Valentine’s Day gift. It was the first time that he bought me a plant and not flowers and I realised I liked that way more, because you can actually care for the plant a lot longer than the flowers last. Don’t get me wrong, I won’t say no to flowers either. 

With my “Meet The Family” series of posts I will be introducing you to my plants and tell you a little bit more about the story behind each plant. I will also attempt to share more about my plant care, and how the plant responds to the conditions in our apartment.

The first thing that caught my eye was her incredibly interesting patterned leaves. She was also one of my first plants to produce a new leaf. I still remember how excited I got when I saw it! The first new leaf is her biggest leaf and she unfurled her second new leaf today. If I look closely I can see the third one already in place. 

So far she has not given me any problems or shown any signs of distress. I kept her in our North facing windowsill, but has since moved her to our kitchen as she can tolerate lower light conditions and I needed to move some plants around. With the lower light I notice her growing a little bit slower, but that is not a huge problem for me at this time. She is planted in my mixed houseplant soil and I water when her soil has dried out. 

As I am writing this I realise I don’t have a lot to say about her, because she really is super easy going. I have seen bigger Dumb Canes and they are really stunning so I look forward to watching her grow. This plant has honestly surprised me so much. It is super easy to care for and I can 100% recommend her to a new plant parent.  

The Dumb Cane really is an underrated plant in my opinion. With so many different varieties available I am surprised that I don’t see them more often. To be honest I am not 100% sure which variety she is as she looks fairly similar to more than one so if you can help out with her id that will be much appreciated. 

Do you have a Dieffenbachia? I would love to hear from you. Leave a reply by commenting below!

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