Regrow lower leaves on Dieffenbachia

battery841March 21, 2009

I have a Dieffenbachia (Tropic Snow) which I had some problems with (my fault!) and it lost a bunch of the lower leaves. Where the leaves were, there are little "nodes" on the side which seem to be able to sprout new leaves. How do I encourage these guys to push out new leaves and fill it out? Thanks.

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Mentha(9 CA)

The only way to get it to grow from the bottom would be to behead it. You could cut the stem into different lengths and lay them sideways in moist perlite coverd in plastic on a grow mat. The stems should grow new plants fairly easy this time of year with some bottom heat.

    Bookmark   March 21, 2009 at 9:07PM
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Yellow leaves may return to their greeness when the problem is fixed but generally, lower leaves that drop off for whatever is the cause, do not ever return.

If you should try to feed it into health, it will probably exasperate the problem --even to the point of causing more leaves to fall.

    Bookmark   March 21, 2009 at 10:26PM
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Well, I have solved my problem so that isn't the concern. But it sounds like the bottom leaves won't come back. I'll probably end up growing it and then chop it off.

    Bookmark   March 21, 2009 at 11:18PM
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I have a Dieffenbachia and it is about 3ft. The top half is full and the leaves are spread out nice. The bottom half on the other hand is drooping way down and the leaves are starting to turn yellow. I keep it about 6ft from the window. It is growing new leaves all the time, but the more they grow from the top the more droop and then turn yellow then wilt from the bottom. What can I do to stop this problem? and also there is new grow come from the bottom how can i encourage this grow? please answer me in details by all the steps i can do to solve my problem.

    Bookmark   June 16, 2011 at 6:19PM
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dellis326 (Danny)

This is how these plant grow in nature. I saw them growing along the ground with bare stems 8 to 10 feet long and the last 3 or 4 feet sticking straight up looking perfectly normal.

The one I have is over six feet tall, tied to a stick, and bare for the bottom four feet. I think they'll branch off when the sit on the ground long enough.


    Bookmark   June 16, 2011 at 7:23PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

I agree. I've had one of these plants for about 30 years and that's just what they do. For the first decade or so, mine was in a pot with no drain hole and never got repotted or fertilized. Occasionally a pup will come up from the roots. When a tip breaks off, a new tip usually starts somewhere along the stem. The broken tip can live for years in a bottle or glass of water. I've tried to root broken tips in soil a few times, sideways, straight up, 45 degree angle, you name it - never had any luck. I can't say that I was too terribly attentive though. This is a fairly boring plant, IMO. Luckily they thrive on neglect as I sometimes don't think of mine for months during the winter. I'd put it up there with pothos, heart-leaf philodendron, and sansevieria for being tough and long-lived. I think overwatering would be the only sure way to kill one.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2011 at 10:50AM
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