Dieffenbachia 'Vesuvius'

Dieffenbachia seguine 'Vesuvius'

Dieffenbachia 'Vesuvius'

Dieffenbachia seguine 'Vesuvius'
A strong and easy houseplant
Looking for a houseplant with a twist? For a Dieffenbachia, the 'Vesuvius' has remarkably long leaves. These leaves do boast a variegated pattern in green and white. We've come to expect nothing less from the Dieffenbachia. This plant is easy to care for. Water the plant once a week. You can do this more often in the summer. The plant does like light, but not strong, midday sunshine. Morning and evening sunshine, however, are fine for this plant. Place the plant in a warm, humid place, between 18 and 23 degrees. The Dieffenbachia will grow somewhat noticeably towards the light. Move the plant a quarter turn every month so it continues to grow straight. The Dieffenbachia seguine will appreciate being put outside on a warm rainy day without too much sun. The plant will perk up nicely!
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Specifications:
Latin name: Dieffenbachia seguine 'Vesuvius'
Delivery type: Supplied as container plant
Guarantee: 6 months growth and flowering guarantee
Color: Green,White
Preferred location: Half shadow
Green stayer: Yes
Leafs all year: Yes
Hardy plants: No
Self polinating: No
Edible: No
Scented: Not Scented
Grafted: No
Cutting flowers: No
Growing Height: 65 - 80 cm
Planting+

Upon receipt of your Dieffenbachia sequine you have several options:

  • Stand it in an attractive planter with holes in the base. Cover the holes with a layer of gravel or potsherds and stand the plant, complete with nursery pot on top. The planter will need to be stood on a saucer to collect drained off water.
  • Pot it up into an attractive planter with holes in the base. Cover the holes with a layer of gravel or potsherds and add potting compost. Stand the root ball at the correct depth and fill the pot with compost around the roots. Press firmly down - leave a space of about 3 cm from the top edge of the pot. Stand the planter on a saucer to collect drained off water.
  • Stand it in an attractive planter without holes but do layer the bottom of the pot with gravel so the plant's pot is off the bottom. A wide planter is best as then you can see whether or not the bottom of the pot is standing in water or not.
  • Or just stand the plant, nursery pot and all, on a saucer - on a layer of gravel.
 

The best spot for your Dieffenbachia

The most perfect spot for your Dieffenbachia sequine is:

  1. One with lots of light but that is sheltered from the hottest midday sunlight - early mornings or evenings are not a problem (in fact it will appreciate it!). Usually somewhere around 3 metres from a window is ideal.
  2. Somewhere warm, (18-23 degrees centigrade) wonderful if you happen to have under floor heating. Immediately next to or above a radiator will not be appreciated (it will dry the potting compost out too quickly, giving more chance of leaf drop).
  3. Somewhere with high humidity (60-70%). Spraying the plant regularly will help - 2 or 3 times a day even!
 

Care+

Watering your Dieffenbachia weekly will help it to grow well - add some plant food for leafy plants to the water fortnightly. Water 2x a week in the warm summer season but do wait until the compost feels dry to the touch.

In living rooms with a low humidity (< 50%) the plant will appreciate being sprayed once or twice a day. A chalky residue will show on leaves in areas with hard water so we advise using rainwater or cool boiled water to spray.

As the plant generally grows towards the light, it is a good idea to give it a quarter turn every month - standing it, pot and all, on a wheeled base makes this easier of course.

Extra tips

Dieffenbachia sequine will appreciate being stood outdoors on a warm but rainy day. It will really perk up after a shower.
As in its natural habitat, it will regularly lose its lower leaves - do not worry if they turn yellow and drop off, as long as it continues to make new ones.

With these tips, you can keep your dieffenbachia healthy and looking fresh for a long time.

Extra+

Dieffenbachia sequine is a robust and easy to grow houseplant.

Dieffenbachia is originally from the tropical rain forests South and Central America such as Brazil, Ecuador and Costa Rica. It is used as a decorative outdoor plant in (sub-) tropical regions of the world and can reach a height of 2 metres in those areas.

In temperate climes, the Dieffenbachia sequine makes a wonderful and popular houseplant. It is possible that this plant could flower in the home, but this is more to be expected in tropical regions.
Dieffenbachia belongs to the Araceae family and as all members of this family the Dieffenbachia contains a toxic milky sap. There is however, under normal circumstances nothing to worry about. If you do come into contact with it, it is advisable to rinse your skin with water.

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