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Dieffenbachia is a large and diverse genus of tropical and subtropical plants in the family Araceae. Dieffenbachia has become popular because they are a low-maintenance indoor plant. Native to the rainforests of Central and South America, this lush tropical plant can make a great addition to your home or office. Dieffenbachias often have large green leaves with variegation or stripes, and they can grow to be 4 - 6 ft. tall. The name Dieffenbachia comes from Rudolph Dieffenbach, who was a German physician and botanist in the 1800s. He first discovered this plant while doing an expedition in Ecuador.  
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These plants prefer bright but indirect light, so avoid placing them in front of a window or near a fireplace.  Dieffenbachia prefers temperatures above 60 degrees.

Watering frequency varies by the size of your pot; most plants need to be watered once or twice a week, while larger pots need to be watered up to three times per week. The soil should always be moist but never wet.

They can go up to a month without water if the soil has a large enough reservoir to store water and the pot is in a cool place. In general, dracaenas should be watered about once every two weeks in order to keep their soil moist at all times.

Fertilize with half-strength fertilizer every two weeks for best results.

Dieffenbachia is toxic so keep them out of reach of pets and children.