Melinda’s Garden Moment: Divide & Revive Plants
Revive a declining dieffenbachia with a bit of pruning and start a few new plants from cane cuttings
Gardeners never like to give up on a plant, whether it’s your own or one you purchased on sale in need of some major TLC. Revive a declining dieffenbachia with a bit of pruning and start a few new plants from cane cuttings.
Dieffenbachias often lose their lower leaves, resulting in long leafless stems topped with just a few leaves.
Rejuvenate these plants by cutting the stem back to several inches above the soil surface. The remaining plant will sprout new growth.
Next, cut the leafless stem into 2-inch sections containing at least one bud or node, the point where a leaf was growing. Allow the cutting to dry for several hours.
Fill a shallow container with a well-drained potting mix. Lay the stem sections on their sides so the bottom half is covered and the top bud exposed.
Place in a warm bright location and keep the soil moist until new growth appears.