Keep crispy edges at bay by giving him a mist every few days. It will keep the air around him nice and moist.
You’ll only need to water him when the top two inches of soil feel dry. He won’t like sitting in soggy soil.
He enjoys quite a bright room, as long as he’s kept away from direct sun, which can burn his leaves.
If you notice his white patterning becoming less pronounced it probably means he needs more light. Try moving him somewhere brighter.
Mother-in-law’s tongue; Dumb cane
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NURSERY POT SIZE
About dieffenbachia vesuvius
The white-and-green mottled leaves of dieffenbachia vesuvius make it a houseplant that will stand out in any room. It will grow to about a metre tall and needs a bit of space to stretch out those leaves.
The dieffenbachia species is native to the tropics of Central and Southern America, where they love the hot, humid climate. As a houseplant, it likes somewhere warm, away from draughts, and appreciates regular misting to keep the air moist. It needs quite a lot of light to maintain that beautiful variegation, so put it in a well-lit spot, but ideally out of direct sunlight. Harsh sun can burn the leaves.
The dieffenbachia was given its common name, dumb cane, because the liquid that drips from its leaves can cause temporary speech loss or severe irritation. For this reason we don’t recommend this plant for homes with small children or pets.
Did you know?
The reason it needs so much light is because only the green parts of the leaf can absorb it. The white parts are just there to look pretty.