Dieffenbachia maculata cv. 'Camille' is a hybrid form of Dieffenbachia maculata. The plant is smaller in stature than its parent, with an ultimate height of 4 feet (1.2 m) with a spread of 1-2 feet (0.3-0.6 m). If kept in smaller containers the plant will only have a height of 24 inches (0.6 m). Obovate-lanceolate leaves will reach up to 10 inches (25 cm) in length and have a creamy variegation bordered by green. Dieffenbachia has long been used as houseplants and there are many cultivars to choose from. They are great for the lower light levels of the home environment, but one must take caution when they are planted where children or pets play. Leaves and stems contain calcium oxalate crystals which can be poisonous if eaten. They are easy plants to grow.
Blooming: Although the plant blooms sporadically in the greenhouse, the white spathe of this plant is not showy.
Culture: Dieffenbachia maculata needs partial shade to high interior lighting with a well drained soil mix for containers. In the greenhouse, we use a soil mix consisting of 2 parts peat moss to 1 part loam to 1 part coarse sand or perlite. Plants are well watered and allowed to dry somewhat before watering again. Water should be applied when the top 3 inches of soil dry out. We fertilize the plants monthly in the greenhouse with a balanced fertilizer. During the winter months, water is restricted but the plants are never allowed to dry thoroughly. Fertilizer is withheld during this period.
Propagation: Dieffenbachia maculata cv. 'Camille' is propagated by cuttings.
Dieffenbachia maculata cv. 'Camille' was featured as Plant of the Week May 8-14, 2009.
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