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Care of the plant Dieffenbachia bowmannii or Dumb cane.

Care of the indoor plant Dieffenbachia bowmanii or Dumb cane

The genus Dieffenbachia, family Araceae, includes more than 50 species of tropical plants native to Central and South America. Some species are: Dieffenbachia bowmanii, Dieffenbachia seguine, Dieffenbachia oerstedii, Dieffenbachia costata, Dieffenbachia marianne, Dieffenbachia humilis.

Common name: Dumb cane. This species is native to Colombia and Brazil.

They are tropical perennials with fleshy erect stems that reach 2 meters (6.56 feet) in height. The decorative leaves are large, ovate or oblong in shape and bright green with light spots. They produce erect inflorescences with green bracts.

Dumb cane is used as indoor and greenhouse plants. It's not recommended for houses where there are children because the whole plant is very poisonous if swallowed.

Dieffenbachia bowmanii needs a very bright exposure but no direct sun. It does not resist temperatures below 16 ºC (60.8 ºF). Avoid drafts and sudden changes in temperature.

The soil can be a mixture of peat moss, leaf mulch, and pieces of charcoal. Transplant in spring if the roots appear below the pot.

Water regularly with lime-free water, waiting for the substrate surface to dry; keep the substrate slightly damp (never water). Periodically spray the leaves with lime-free water, especially in summer.

Fertilize every 15 days with mineral fertilizer for indoor plants in spring and summer.

Dieffenbachia bowmanii does not need pruning.

Dumb cane can be attacked by mealybugs if there is excess water in the roots and by mites if it suffers from drought and the humidity is low.

Dieffenbachia bowmanii is propagated by stem cuttings and by separation of suckers.

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Dieffenbachia bowmanii
Dieffenbachia bowmanii
Dieffenbachia bowmanii