Plants in The Middle East

Dieffenbachia (Dumb Cane)
June 10, 2008, 9:49 am
Filed under: Indoor

These are very common house plants.  I got this plant a couple of years ago and I really neglected it.  It ended up having 1 leaf and was borderline dead.  Since I didn’t have optimum lighting in my previous house I decided to bring it to work.  It has now recovered, growing small leaves followed by slightly larger leaves.

You will notice the fact that it has a long cane-like stalk (where the name dumb cane came from).  While looking into ways to fix up this plant, I came across a method of repotting known as air-layering (Click for more info).  This is basically making a clean cut (1/3 length of the stalk) anywhere in the cane and powdering with a rooting hormone and surrounding the wound with moist sphagnum moss.  This method allows roots to come out from the cut so you can then cut the plant off right under the new roots and replant.  this will make the plant shorter and better looking.  Some plants will even regrow from the original stalk.

Tried to get my hands on long-fibered sphagnum moss locally but no luck, so I had to order it.  Just received it in the mail today.

I’m going to take the plant back home over the weekend and work on air-layering.  Will post pictures.

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