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Leopard Lily

Leopard Lily

Dieffenbachia

Quick care guide

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    Lighting

    Moderate light but avoid direct sunlight.

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    Watering

    Water plenty during summer; less in winter.

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    Humidity

    Enjoys high humidity

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    Feeding

    During summer only.

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    Temperature

    10-24C

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    Pests

    Red Spider Mites and Aphids

About the Leopard Lily

Leopard Lily, or Dumb Cane as it’s also known by, produces beautiful leaves that are green on the outside and a mixture of cream and green in the centre. The beauty comes at a price, though, as the plant’s sap can be dangerous to animals and humans. Don’t worry, it won’t kill you, but according to the Encyclopedia Britannica the stems if eaten cause swelling in the mouth and speechlessness, earning its common name. It used to be given to slaves as a form of punishment. So if you choose to own one keep it away from curious pets.

Caring for your Leopard Lily

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    lighting

    It will enjoy moderate to plenty of light but not direct sunlight as that will damage its leaves.

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    watering

    Like many plants, it won't cope well if you water too much. Keep the soil moist (less so in winter) but never allow it to get soggy as the roots will rot. Test the soil and if it's dry to the touch below the surface then water it.

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    humidity

    Mist the plant daily. If you keep it in the kitchen then the steam from cooking should provide extra humidity.

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    feeding

    You can feed during summer months but no need to feed during winter.

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    temperature

    It will do best in a warm environment, usual room temperatures will be fine but remove your Dumb Cane from the windows if the temperature is likely to fall below 10C.

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    pests

    During winter months when the central heating is on and the air is drier, your Leopard Lilly might be susceptible to red Spider Mites. Check and treat if found. Aphids might also be an problem.

First aid for your Leopard Lily

Common problems

The plant's leaves have turned yellow and are drooping.

A probably cause it over watering. The Leopard Lily's soil should never get soggy. It should be moist and allowed to dry slightly before its next watering. To revive it, try removing it from its pot and try to remove excess water with paper towels.

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