Why can't I keep any leaves on my Dieffenbachia?

It was lush and beautiful when I bought it. I read online to cut down the bare stalks and they would leaf out. Not so, at least not yet. Where are my leaves?
q why can t i keep any leaves on my dieffenbachia
  10 answers
  • Barbara Baldwin Barbara Baldwin on Sep 06, 2017
    Not enough humidity..
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    • Barbara Baldwin Barbara Baldwin on Sep 09, 2017
      These beauties need lots of humidity. I took mine outside in the summer and misted it. A lot. In the winter it went into the shower for a misting. There are two ways you can eliminate the long stalk. 1. Slit the stalk a couple inches below the leaves, pack soil in and around the slit, and wrap it in saran wrap. Theoretically roots form..2. Cut the smaller of the two off about an inch or so below the leaves. Place in water to root it.
  • Pat Pat on Sep 06, 2017
    Needs indirect lighting and more humidity.
  • Teresita Bunag Teresita Bunag on Sep 07, 2017

  • Glo23571493 Glo23571493 on Sep 08, 2017
    These plants do not like to be moved. Dont over water
  • 1066girl 1066girl on Sep 09, 2017
    If you want to start again, I have had great success airlayering a diffenbacchia and creating two plants out of one!
  • Carol Rigby Carol Rigby on Sep 09, 2017
    wer: you are over watering the poor plant. Water only once a week and don' t flood it.
  • Elaine Elaine on Sep 09, 2017
    These are tough plants and I'm sure it will be fine but, first, check underneath the leaves for any signs of bugs such as aphids, etc. - if any are present, visit your local nursery and ask for their advice re what insecticide to purchase. If possible, take an infected leaf (with the bugs) in a plastic bag then they can identify the type.

    Next is watering. It's important to water well (to encourage healthy root development) then let the soil almost dry out. Watering "well" directs the plant's roots to grow downward, seeking water. "Watering well" means taking a plant to the kitchen sink and watering until the water comes out the drainage holes. You then wait for dripping to stop (this avoids root rot) THEN put the plant back in its outer decorative pot assuming you have one, of course.

    Now, naturally you can't do this with your large plant, therefore, a plant in a pot that size, if it were mine, I'd pour in 5 to 6 cups of water BUT then leave it until the soil is almost dry.

    Use common sense, around the 7th day (after watering), stick your finger in the soil about 2" - if it feels damp, wait a few days then check again. You will soon find a schedule as to what the plant needs re watering. It might need water once a week or ten days or more - it depends on the dryness in your home, sun exposure, etc.

    (Watering often and with small amounts is incorrect and much harder on a plant; it can contribute to fungal problems, mildew, etc.)

    Re light, if your plant is a fair distance from a window, I'd move it to a much brighter location. Avoid really intense sun as it will bleach the leaves but it needs bright light.

    One more thing ... check the soil to see if there's tiny brown/black insects (they look like flies) crawling over the surface. If you see any, take the plant outside, dispose of all that soil, wash out the pot with hot sudsy water then repot your plant with new potting soil. Adding a few handfuls of Vermiculite is wise as it helps the soil. It's cheap and usually found at Walmart, nurseries, and sometimes, dollar stores.

    If you find in time your plant looks too leggy, simply saw through the trunk then put the sawed-off part in a jug of water. When it has sufficient roots, you could pot it in the same container as the original plant (to give a more bushy look) or repot it in a separate pot. I hope this info helps.
  • Nacho Nacho on Sep 09, 2017
    Answer this Hometalker's question!
  • Geoff Walker Geoff Walker on Sep 10, 2017
    Sounds as if the plant is in the wrong environment... e.g over or under-watering, bad drainage thru a poor potting mix, wrong location ( too much sun ? )... or wrong temperature. Many nurseries sell well presented stock from an ideal environment.... but that is not the environment in our home. Try moving it to another location and only water it if your poked finger tells you that the Dieffenbachia needs a drink. The dead margins of the leaves may be suggesting a mandatory change in its environment. The future prunings should strike in a jar of shallow water placed on a shelf in indirect and warm light.
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