Fancy about growing a variegated specimen? Learn everything about Dieffenbachia Cheetah Plant Care and Growing Information.
If you are looking for an easy-to-grow houseplant that also looks striking year-round with its bright foliage, then have a read about Dieffenbachia Cheetah Plant Care and Growing Information below!
Botanical Name: Dieffenbachia spp.
USDA Zones: 9–12
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Dieffenbachia Cheetah Plant
Showcasing a striking combination of yellow and green variegation on the foliage, this plant is a must-have in a living room if you want a natural focal point indoors.
It is easy to look after, stays manageable in size, and can grow up to reach 1-2 feet within a year of planting with plenty of indirect sunlight.
Here are some amazing benefits of growing Dieffenbachia
How to Grow Dieffenbachia Cheetah Plant
The best way to grow Dieffenbachias is from cuttings.
- For colder regions, propagate the plant after winters. If you live in a tropical climate, you can propagate the plant at any time of the year.
- Cut 4-6 inches of the lower or middle section of the plant.
- Let the cutting dry overnight.
- Dip the ends in rooting hormone and prepare the planter with a potting mix made up of half peat moss or coco peat and half sand.
- Water well and place the pot in a warm location that gets indirect light.
For more details, read our article on How to Grow Dieffenbachia from Cuttings here
Dieffenbachia Cheetah Plant Care and Growing Information
Dieffenbachia thrives well in shady spots but needs bright indirect light for profound growth. Save the plant from the long exposures to direct sun. Keep rotating the container to keep the growth well-balanced.
Use a well-aerated, fast-draining, peaty potting soil mix. Ensure the drainage is excellent and does not cause any damage to the roots. Go for a quality commercial potting mix, or DIY it from the recipes here.
Thoroughly water the plant and allow the excess water to drain from the drainage holes, whenever the topsoil feels dry to touch. You might have to water the plant more in the warmer months of the year.
Temperature and Humidity
The plant does best in the range of 65-75 F (18-24 C). Temperature below 55 F (12 C) causes slow growth, so keep it in a warm place.
This houseplant doesn’t mind dry indoor air. In case of very low humidity and dry air, use a humidifier.
Use a balanced liquid fertilizer, diluted to 1/2 of its strength, once in 3-4 weeks. Avoid feeding the plant in the winter.
Pests & Diseases
Look out for aphids, scales, and spider mites. You can keep them at bay by using a neem oil solution from time to time. To avoid most of the fungal issues, avoid overwatering the plant and make sure it is well ventilated.