Indoor plants

The dieffenbachia

How much and how to water it

This evergreen plant with its broad and typical foliage comes from South America and is part of the dense and variegated grouping of the Araceae. Usually placed in embellishment inside homes and offices, it has considerable need to be wet, based on its position and the current climatic season. The dieffenbachia will be frequently and generously watered during the spring and summer season, several times a week and with appropriate moistening of the foliage, while in the cold periods the watering will be adequately limited, taking care to do it only if the soil is dried or even dried up. . The evergreen, in fact, suffers from excessive water stagnation which, in some cases, can cause diseases and injuries or weakening of the

Plant care and cultivation

As previously anticipated, this herbaceous plant is typically to be placed inside the house and will be equipped with soil that is always moist and enriched with a combination of peat, silt and sandy elements, able both to make the base soft and not compact, both to ensure the perfect drainage of the earth. About every three years, with the first heat of the spring days, repotting works can be carried out, but it is advisable only if the roots have saturated the container in its entirety and jeopardize the correct and congruous nourishment of the evergreen. Furthermore, the dieffenbachia will never be subjected to particular pruning operations, as the simple regular removal of dry branches and old and yellowed leaves is completely sufficient for maintaining health.

Fertilization and fertilization of dieffenbachia

As far as fertilization is concerned, a few simple rules must be followed. As a rule, the evergreen lives in a more or less large container and must therefore be fertilized with good regularity, to ensure the right nutrients needed. Fertilization will be carried out consistently and in shorter times in the spring and summer season, every two weeks, and suitably moderate and limited in the cold season, about every 5 weeks on average. Solid fertilizers, so-called slow-release fertilizers, or preferably liquid ones, diluted in the watering water can be used, in both cases specific to the type of plant. It is also important that the chosen fertilizer has a significant presence and prevalence of nitrogen and potassium macroelements.

The dieffenbachia: exposure and possible diseases

This perennial herb will be placed inside the house, even for the duration of the year, taking care to place it in a warm and illuminated environment, but not exposed to direct sunlight, which could damage the magnificent foliage. Being very resistant and adaptable, it can alternatively be placed even in moderately shady areas of the house, with the foresight to always guarantee a climatic condition above 16 ° C and not to subject it to sudden and sudden air flows. Finally, the plant can be subjected to attacks by various insects and parasites, such as the red spider and the fearsome cochineal. In this case, it will be necessary to promptly eliminate them, washing the evergreen with soaps or other suitable detergents or using a specific insecticide.

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