Dieffenbachia 'Camille' Care Guide
Dieffenbachia 'Camille' Plant Care Guide
Commonly known as the "Camille" Dumb Cane, they popular in the plant hobby, and for good reason! They are a classic plant, and easy to care for making them ideal for apartments! They are found in the rainforests of Brazil and the West Indies and in the family Araceae. They are straight stemmed and have large leaves in the shapes of paddles. They do grow pretty tall up to 3 feet or more and spread 2 feet wide when fully grown.
Interesting Fact: The word Dumb Cane comes from the toxins in the plant called (Raphides), causing temporary paralysis of the mouth if ingested. Keep these away from your pets and children as these are toxic if ingested. Their sap is also irritating to the skin, so make sure to use gloves when trimming the leaves or propagating.
Bright Filtered Light-Bright Indirect-Low light is just fine. They do well in corners!
Keep the soil relatively moist and never soggy as that will cause root rot. We find that letting them dry out just a little bit (droopy leaves) in between waterings is best.
Well draining soil while being able to retain moisture is the key to keeping these happy. We found that using a mix of coco coir chunks, ground coco coir and perlite brings great.
The Dumb Cane really doesn't need all that much fertilizer. Maybe 1x a month or so. Any water soluble fertilizer works great or any commercial slow release fertilizers are just as great!
Repot 1x a year to prevent stunted growth or becoming root bound. In general you want to choose a pot that is about 1-2 inches wider then the last.
A daily misting or 2 prevents the tips from browning and keeps those leaves looking nice, and prevents the leaves from drying out which can lead to spider mites.
Keep the room temperature >60 degrees F or higher as they don't like being cold for very long. Although we have had ours experience temps as low as 50 degrees for a few hours and they didn't mind.
Making sure to keep up with waterings, misting and an occasional fertilizer while keep these happy and healthy. Always remove yellowing, browning leaves and remove those from the soil if any fell down. This will keep pests away. If possible, inspect your plants leaves 1x a week looking for any signs of pests or health issues, and then doing a Neem Oil leaf shine to remove any dust or pests. This will keep the plants leaves looking nice and shinny. Overall these are a great option for the first time plant parent or someone living in an apartment!
The most prevalent pest people find on their Dieffenbachia would be Spider Mites and Fungus Gnats. Thrips also seem to fancy this variety, so make sure to catch them early and treat accordingly using horticulture spray or weekly Neem oil leaf shinning.
If the leaves are starting to turn yellow, that would be a sign of overwatering or a nutrient deficiency. Root rot is also very common, if this is the case cut you'r watering down and skip the next watering. If the leaves are browning then that is a sign the plant is receiving too much light.