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Dieffenbachia appeared in my season of the next flower itch, when you start looking at the plants that you accidentally see or habitually surround you at work with interest, mentally trying them on the windowsill. She grew quietly in the hallway in a huge pot next to begonia and chlorophytum. She was hot, rather dry, but she behaved well. And then it happened, a clear thought came: "I want her." It was in July, about seven years ago.
Dieffenbachia propagation by cuttings
The stalk from which my beauty grew was the tip of a small basal shoot. Any sections of the trunk take root in dieffenbachia, no matter with or without leaves, there would be a pair of buds on them.
Care for Dieffenbachia - in the section of the Encyclopedia of Houseplants.
Questions about growing Dieffenbachia - in the section Frequently asked questions about plants.
A typical non-apical stalk looks like this
Here, this stalk has overgrown roots
Experience has shown that it is these cuttings from the middle of the trunk that most quickly (in about a week) give roots in water. The apical cuttings are slightly behind them, and those from the lowest part of the trunk are slow-witted, they need three weeks. Such rates of rooting in cuttings cut in spring and summer. With cuttings cut in autumn and winter, you need to be patient, their time for the appearance of roots is a month or more. During this time, they can throw off all the foliage, but do not let this bother you, the lateral buds or the top will wake up and the shoots will go.
It is best to cut the stalk with a scalpel or paper knife in one sharp motion. Then the cut will be smooth and without burrs around the perimeter. Cuttings root well in water; activated carbon can be added to the water to insure against rotting. At what point to plant in the ground is a matter of taste. I usually wait for the roots to grow back by 5 cm. With this length, the tip or bud usually begins to grow, and the transfer to the ground is painless.
The land for the aroids should be light. A universal soil mixed with vermiculite is quite suitable. But they need good drainage, because their roots grow very quickly in length. When rooting in the way described above, no special conditions need to be created for the planted baby. The pot can be immediately taken more spaciously so that the young, rapidly gaining power plant will have enough until spring. Well, then change the pot as it overturns.
And the escape is already trying with might and main, and even the second kidney woke up
Here she is my beauty
An ideal condition for keeping a young plant at home is a western or eastern window sill. All that is required of you is to regularly spray dieffenbachia and water as the top layer of the earth dries up. Still sometimes turn so that it grows straight. A strong mature plant stands well and has an attractive decorative appearance in the room.
Spraying for dieffenbachia is both a prevention against ticks and a guarantee of a well-groomed appearance, the tips of the leaves practically do not dry out with everyday spraying. In a strong plant, the leaves turn yellow quite rarely, one by one. Mass yellowing of leaves occurs in case of too dry air or insufficient watering. If the leaves turn yellow once a week, look for a tick, treat with an insecticide, do not wait for the trunk to become bald.
Fertilization of dieffenbachia is also necessary; potash fertilizers for decorative foliage plants are suitable for this. The plant must be well watered before fertilizing, otherwise there is a danger of burning the roots.
Dieffenbachia grows very quickly, releases leaf by leaf, increasing their size from time to time. She does not have side shoots. Dieffenbachia blooms in spring, after flowering 2-3 leaves are smaller. For a large plant, this is not an obstacle, but it is better to remove flowers for a young plant. Giant varieties with huge leaves usually grow alone, but many dieffenbachia with medium-sized leaves like to give out basal shoots. Over time, a healthy bush is obtained with trunks of different sizes. My husband does not allow me to further increase the pot and from time to time I have to cut off some trunk and present my acquaintances with cuttings.