Dieffenbachia maculata 'Camille'
This easy-to-care-for plant deserves a spotlight with its bright green leaf edges that seamlessly blend into its all creamy white center.
Key Information and Plant Overview
- Other Common Names: Dieffenbachia ‘Camille’
- Binomial Name: Dieffenbachia maculata 'Camille’
- Care Level: Easy
- Light: Bright, indirect light with no direct sun
- Water: Allow the top 2” of soil to dry before watering
- Pet Friendly: No
Not only is it a natural air purifier, but it will always tell you when something is a miss. Browning tips? This is caused by inconsistent watering. Leaf drop? Your little plant is too cold! Yellow Leaves? Ease up the watering and allow for the plant to dry out.
PlantX Top Tip: This plant will talk to you! Use its signs as a way of troubleshooting common problems.
How to Care for Dumbcane ‘Camille’
- Light: Prefers bright to medium, indirect light with no direct sun.
- Water: Allow the top 2 inches of the soil to dry before watering.
- Humidity: Average relative humidity of 25% to 49%
- Temperature: Average from 18°C to 24°C (65°F - 75°F)
- Fertilizer: Follow a monthly fertilizing schedule when the plant is actively growing. In most cases, this is in the spring and summer. Use a balanced fertilizer - this means a ratio of NPK that is all the same. Ex: 10-10-10.
- Soil: Use a well-draining, high organic matter soil mix.
- Propagation: Division
- Repotting: This can be done every 12-18 months. Choose a pot that is 2” larger in diameter than the original pot.
- Cleaning Tip: Using a damp cloth wipe the leaves down gently to remove dust and debris.
- Toxicity: Toxic. Keep this one away from curious pets and children.
Dumbcane ‘Camille’ - Common Problems
Why are the leaves turning yellow: This can be a sign of overwatering. Allow the top 2” of the soil to dry before watering again. If this continues even after changing your watering routine, the plant may be experiencing a cool draft or sudden temperature change. Try to change the environment.
Why are there brown leaf tips forming on my plant: Try to implement a more consistent watering routine. Never let the plant fully dry out or sit in excess water. Pick a soil mix that is well-draining with high organic matter such as humus to hold nutrients and water.
My Dieffenbachia is continuously dropping leaves, what should I do: Check the surrounding environment. Your plant may be experiencing sudden or undesirable conditions such as cool drafts, excessive heat from heating units, or insufficient light.
Signs of Overwatering: New growth becomes soft and brown.
Common Pests: Susceptible to scale and aphids. Check your plants regularly for pests.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is dieffenbachia dangerous?
Dieffenbachias contain a toxin called oxalic acid. This can cause a serious burning sensation when ingested. It’s best to keep your Dieffenbachia away from curious pets and children.