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Dieffenbachia 'Camille' (v) AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Conservatory/Greenhouse or Houseplant

Habit

Bushy

Toxicity

All parts are poisonous by ingestion, and sap may cause skin irritation

Resilience

Hardiness

H1a (heated greenhouse - tropical)

Colour

Foliage

Cream and Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

0.5-1 metres

Ultimate spread

0.5-1 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

dumb cane 'Camille'

Family

Araceae


Dieffenbachia are evergreen perennials with large, ovate leaves which are usually attractively mottled with white or yellow; flowering spathes are seldom produced in cultivation

'Camille' is a perennial growing to about 80cm, with cream leaves to 40cm in length, edged with bright green

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Under glass grow in loam-based potting compost in bright filtered light with high humidity. Water moderately and apply a balanced liquid fertiliser monthly when in growth and keep just moist in winter

Soil

  • Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Sand, Clay, Chalk or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by root tip cuttings in spring or summer or by air layering

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Low Maintenance or Patio/Container Plants


How to care

Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

New growth is susceptible to damage by aphids

Diseases

Generally disease free