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How to care for Dieffenbachia

Dieffenbachia is often called “Dumb Cane.” This plant is a lush and showy plant with ovate leaves in various combinations of green, cream, and white colors. Dieffenbachias​ are from the tropics of Mexico, South America, and the West Indies. Known for its pillowy leaves and bright yellow and green contrasting patterns, these plants grow thick stalks and can quickly become a household favorite with age.


Bright to medium indirect light, avoid windows as they amplify the sun's intensity and create heat that may damage the plant.


Water thoroughly once every 7 days, however avoid overwatering.


Dieffenbachia is toxic to humans and animals if ingested. Dieffenbachia gets its nickname “Dumb Cane” due to its toxic sap that irritates when ingested. This plant is not ideal for a space with small children or curious pets. However, with a small amount of caution, it poses no significant threat.


This plant will thrive in high humidity. 

Basic Plant Care

Recommend transplanting within 2-3 years into a vessel 1-2 inches larger using regular potting mix. Clean leaves with damp paper towel every 1-2 weeks to aid photosynthesis and stimulate growth. Check leaves and stalks for pests while cleaning. For more information on the importance of cleaning leaves, read our guide here.