Floppy dieffenbachia

linnea56(z5 IL)November 20, 2011

I have had this dieffenbachia for several years. It has grown so tall that now the stems flop out and look ugly. I like this variety because the leaf centers are almost white, and I have never seen one like this before.

Can I make it resprout by cutting it down to near the base? If so, is it best to do half the canes, first, then the other half once I see signs of new growth?

Or, can I put the cut pieces into a fresh pot of dirt and start a new one? I did that with a dracaena and it worked great. Thanks!

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dellis326 (Danny)

Dieffenbachia are floppy once they get some height.

Yes you can take cuttings, If it isn't actively growing wait until it is. Let the cut dry a bit before sinking it the soil, you might be able to root it in water too. Mine is about 9ft tall and I keep it tied to a post.

Don't get the sap on your skin, some people find it very irritating. Wash your hands afterwards.

Danny

    Bookmark   November 20, 2011 at 9:22PM
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linnea56(z5 IL)

Thanks! I think I'll try making a new plant with the cuttings. If it does resprout from the base, then I'll have two.

    Bookmark   November 23, 2011 at 12:28PM
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