|Common Name||Dumb Cane|
|Scientific Name:||Dieffenbachia seguine|
|Plant Type||Herbaceous perennial|
|Note||The common name is due to the toxic symptoms of the plant which could paralyze the vocal cords.|
Dumb Cane Varieties
Here is a list of popular Dumb Cane cultivars:
The most popular dumb cane variety is known as Camille. This cultivar has whitish-lime-colored leaves with dark green edges.
This variation can grow to between 4-7 feet tall. It has shrug-like growth of upright leaves that are green with yellowish blotches.
Compacta’s leaves are a creamy-yellow color in the center with dark green edges and dots throughout the. They are often found as smaller plants.
If you enjoy a lighter shade of plant, the Camouflage variety may be perfect for you. The leaves are light green and the veins are the color of light cream.
With long leaves that seem to be striped between light and green, the Seguine variety is a popular cultivar that will make any house look a little more tropical.
How to Care for Indoor Dumb Cane
While the dumb cane is a relatively easy plant to care for, you should take note of the basic conditions that will help it grow.
Common Problems with Dumb Cane
Unfortunately, like any plant, you may encounter some issues when caring for your dieffenbachia. These may include the following:
How Does Dumb Cane Spread?
While the Dumb Cane does produce seeds, it is easier to propagate them than to grow them from seed. In this way, they can reproduce fairly quickly, especially if they are kept in their ideal conditions. Dumb cane is typically propagated through stem cuttings or tip cuttings that are then rooted.
How You Should Prune your Dumb Cane?
There is no specific good time to prune your dumb cane, but you should wait until it has shed a few leaves so that you can see the stem clearly. When pruning, use a sharp knife to cut at a 45-degree angle to the desired length. Never remove more than a third of the plant when pruning.
What Kind of Container Do You Need for Your Dumb Cane?
You will need a container that is large enough for your plant with a little extra space to allow it to grow throughout the year. Additionally, you should ensure that the pot drains well as the plant prefers well-draining soil.
Companion Plants to a Dumb Cane
The following are a few plants that work well as companion plants to the dumb cane:
Also known as the “prayer plant” or the “living plant,” the calathea plant is well-loved for the way it closes its leaves at night due to a small joint between the stem and the leaf. The leaves can grow to be several inches long and come in several different variegated patterns. The calathea can also purify the air, helping to purify the air of several pollutants. The plant will also continually grow new leaves, keeping it looking fresh and new.
Depending on the variety, a philodendron’s leaves may vary from green, purple, red, or copper. Grown leaves will range from 10-16 inches that are arrow-shaped and have veins that will occasionally contrast with the color of the leaf. Not only are these plants popular in many homes, but they are also said to remove harmful toxins (such as formaldehyde) from the air. The plant will typically grow to be about 3 feet tall, but can be quite wide.
Peace Lily Overview
Peace lilies are known for their long, dark green leaves that come to a point and their long-lasting white flowers. Due to the lily-like flowers, the plant has long symbolized innocence, peace, and purity and is often used as a symbol of sympathy toward a family who has lost a member. Due to its love of shade, the plant is typically grown indoors and can help to purify the air of several pollutants. The plant is sometimes believed to bring good luck.
Plants that are Similar to Dumb Cane
There aren’t many houseplants that look very similar to the dumb cane, but the following is one that does. It also works well as a companion plant to the dieffenbachia.
The aglaonema has stems that grow along the ground and can root at various nodes. Once rooted, they can grow into another “new” evergreen perennial. The leaf blades are typically variegated and will create a crown at the top of the stems. Each fleshy leaf is oblong in shape and will vary in color and variegation. The plant is an evergreen perennial and, depending on the variety, will grow stems that are creeping, decumbent, or erect. The plant works really well as a houseplant, even in lower light conditions.