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Magnolia, TX

April 17, 2009
8:05 PM

Post #6424936

I need to know the name so that I can determine what I am doing wrong lol! I have tried keeping it indoors and outdoors, lots of light, indirect light, and moderate light! I recently learned that my lemon tree did not like the potting soil that I was using and wanted a better draining soil. I think that may be the same problem with this plant. If someone could help me with this I would greatly appreciate it!

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(Zone 7a)

April 17, 2009
8:08 PM

Post #6424942

I believe you have a dieffenbacchia.
Jonesboro, GA
(Zone 7b)

April 17, 2009
8:22 PM

Post #6424983

Yes, A Dieffenbachia or Dumb Cane. Called this because if the juice gets on your toungue, it will numb it.
Looks like you have it in a pretty pot, but does it have drainage holes in the bottom?? The soil looks too moist to me. If not, you might pot it up in a smaller pot that will drain and set that pot inside your fancy one. Put a few pieces of gravel or about and inch of Perlite under the one inside for circulation.


Keaau, HI

April 17, 2009
8:28 PM

Post #6425008

Yes, probably Dieffenbachia, maybe Aglaonema. Can you show a focused close-up of the leaves; a cultivar could be ID.
The plant should be in a peat based potting medium, with added perlite or volcanic cinder. It likes to get wet, but needs good drainage!
Cedar Rapids, IA
(Zone 5a)

April 18, 2009
6:02 AM

Post #6426921

Dieffenbachia. Dont keep too wet. Use a potting soil in general for most potted plants that is mostly peat, with vermiculite and limestone for pH adjustment. It will drain well yet retain some moisture. Any quality soilless potting mix would be that kind of mix. Also, always use pots that have drainage holes in the bottom.

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