Hi, I'm Dieffenbachia compacta but I also get called the dumb cane plant. I may reach 5 ft or more, but under normal room conditions my leaves will fall to give a false palm effect. I'm not an easy plant to grow as I will not tolerate low winter temperatures or cold draughts. Dry air and fluctuating temperatures can be fatal to sometimes. My large and highly decorative leaves make me a great favourite with interior designers. My common name, Dumb Cane, is derived from the unpleasant effect of my poisonous sap on the mouth and throat. Remember to wash your hands after taking my cuttings. I'm also know for my air-purifying qualities.
I'm in a 12cm pot and I’m 40cm in height.
Love warmth in winter, minimum 10°C please. I love humidity too so try and recreate this for me.
I hate direct sun and cold draughts. Keep me in a shady spot and away from any doors or windows.
LOOKING AFTER ME
I like average warmth and partial shade. Keep my compost moist at all times but reduce watering in winter. Put me on a watered pebbled tray or mist my leaves regularly to recreate the humidity levels I love.
LIVING WITH PETS AND CHILDREN
I’m highly toxic unfortunately so please keep me well out of reach.