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dieffenbachia
Posted by Patti from Wisconsin on 2001-03-21 10:17:06

I have a dieffenbachia about 4-5 feet
tall. I have had it since it was very
small, but now the stems have become
very thin, unable to support the plant.
I don't recall any major change in care
or location that would have caused
this. Please help.
  • dieffenbachia care
    Posted by Will Creed from on 2001-03-22 19:48:46

    In time, just about all dieffenbachias
    will become too tall to support
    themselves. Although lots of bright
    indirect sunlight will encourage
    sturdier stems and larger leaves, even
    these sturdy stems will eventually
    topple over under the weight of the
    large leaves. The only solution is to
    periodically prune back lanky stems to
    within a few inches of the soil.
    Fortunately, dieffenbachias respond
    well to pruning and soon produce
    healthy new growth just below the
    pruning cut. The cuttings can be rooted
    in water. Happy pruning!


    Quoting Patti: ------------
    -I have a dieffenbachia about 4-5 feet
    -tall. I have had it since it was very
    -small, but now the stems have become
    -very thin, unable to support the
    plant.
    -I don't recall any major change in
    care
    -or location that would have caused
    -this. Please help.

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  • Leggy Diff
    Posted by RB from MD on 2001-03-21 22:15:16


    I guess the first question I would ask is if you fertilize and water and how much of each. Next would be to say that as plants get taller they can get thinner and leggier, especially if light-deprived. If you are not supplementing the light that long Wisconsin winters lack, that may contribute to what may be a combination of factors affecting the plant. Lastly, could the plant be rootbound and need repotting into a larger container with fresh soil?
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