Tips for Pruning Your Dieffenbachia Plant
- This article was last updated on 10/24/2017
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Dieffenbachia plants are known as great houseplants that allow you a lot of freedom. They are not particularly demanding so they are great even for the beginner gardeners. These plants look so good in your home so it’s not surprising that Dieffenbachia is among the most popular houseplant around the world.
However, even the low-maintenance plants such as Dieffenbachia can benefit from some pruning. It should be done from time to time to improve the appearance of your plant. Also, a good reason for pruning might be propagation: if you wish to propagate your plants it’s best done at the time of pruning.
In fact, you can do both at the same time: propagate your Dieffenbachia to get some new plants and improve the health and appearance of your old plant. It is a win win situation that will get you more of these gorgeous plants.
If you are wondering about the best time to prune your Dieffenbachia plant, there is no one good time to do it. Generally speaking, these plants should be pruned when they have shed enough of the leaves to expose the stems. In other words, you need to observe your plant and see when it’s the right time to prune.
Keep in mind that Dieffenbachia plants can reach about 6 feet in height indoors. When they are this big, they will typically shed some leaves. Their big, variegated leaves simply go yellow and drop from the bottom of the stems. This will leave the canelike trunk exposed. When this happens you’ll know that it’s a good time to prune your Dieffenbachia plant.
It is not difficult to prune your Dieffenbachia plant, but you need to prepare some basic tools and materials and to follow some easy steps.
Materials you’ll need:
It is important to wear your gardening gloves when working with a Dieffenbachia plant. Remember, it got its name “dumbcane” because when you cut it, the plant produces a material that can cause itching and other problems on the mouth and throat. It can “strike you dumb”, hence the name. This is a lasting effect that can go on for a week or even two. To avoid getting the plan material on your mouth and throat, it is vital to wear gloves whenever working with a Dieffenbachia plant.
Another problem is touching the eyes: it can be very painful and it can lead to a rash. For this reason, make sure to avoid touching your face, skin, lips and eyes when you work with a Dieffenbachia plant and always make sure to wear your gardening gloves!
Here are the steps you need to take when pruning your Dieffenbachia plant:
Propagation is best done during the time of pruning. Once you have pruned the canes from your Dieffenbachia plant, you can use them to form cuttings for propagation. Here’s how to do it in a few simple steps: