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Beginner Houseplants: Mail Order Dieffenbachia-how can I help this plant!

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Lenexa, KS

January 29, 2013
11:04 AM

Post #9401358

I ordered a beautiful Dieffenbachia online. It came very well packaged, and arrived 3 days after I ordered it. It is quite tall, and has several shoots that look like they could be repotted in their own pots. A couple of the leaves look a little yellow, could be stress from being shipped. It also has flowers on it or seed pods or something which I have tried to show in the photo. I haven't done anything with it except set the small pot in a larger pot to prevent it from falling over because it is very top heavy. As you can see i'm holding it up in these pictures. I have several questions:

1) It was listed as Memoria Corsii Dieffenbachia. Is this the same as Tiki? Pics look similar.

2) Does it have any special requirements?

3) Should I re-pot? Pot looks very small to me and definitely cannot stand on it's own. It is a 4" pot.

4) If or when I re-pot should I separate it into two pots? And if so what size pots should I use?

I am very bad with plants. I love them to death. I am not going to do anything with this plant until I get some advice because I want very much to keep it alive. The only plant I can seem to keep alive is a nerve plant that is in my bathroom, and from what I understand those are not the easiest! Maybe there's hope for me yet!

Thank you for your time!

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tapla
Bay City, MI
(Zone 6a)

January 30, 2013
6:40 PM

Post #9403234

I think it would be a mistake to repot now - especially if you aren't very experienced at growing plants. I'd wait until Jun, then bare-root it and pot up into a pot slightly larger than the one it's in now - unless you decide to make your own soil that holds little excess water, in which case you can pot it in a much larger pot (where it will grow much faster) without worrying about the soil remaining soggy for so long it affects root health/function. Winter and early spring are the worst times to do repots for most houseplants. Potting up (different than repotting) isn't as traumatic, but when you go larger in pot size you have excess soil holding excess water. Roots grow slowly in the winter because plants are lethargic, so it's easy to get into water retention problems.

Al

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