Identify office plant which is getting too big

bonecaDecember 1, 2010

Could someone please help identify our office plant. In addition, the bottom stalk is too thin and the top is actually nice and big. Because the plant is top heavy it keeps tipping over. What could we do about this? Could we cut it and replant it? In soil or water? Also the bottom leaves keep dying..is this normal? Besides that the plant looks healthy. Any advice?

Thanks for your help.

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aftermidnight Zone7b B.C. Canada

Your plant is a Dieffenbachia, you can cut the top off and reroot it in either water or sterile potting mix. The bare stalk on the mother plant will send out a new shoot or two. It's normal to lose the bottom leaves.

    Bookmark   December 1, 2010 at 6:01PM
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ljpother(3a)

Dieffenbachia

care

When you cut the stem, a white latex type sap will get all over the place.

    Bookmark   December 2, 2010 at 10:25AM
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ianna(Z5b)

It's growing towards your florescent lighting by the way. It's care is exactly what the others have said. It is in fact a relative of the 'lucky bamboo' plants which are not bamboo by the way. You can cut them low to the pot so that new growths will florish from below and bush out making the plant more lush. Then with the cut off stem, you can cut them out into smaller pieces and root them in water first and in pots later. Remove the bottom leaves where the trunk needs to be set in the ground. Easy. The large kinds of this plant with thick trunks can be set in water for even years.

Ianna

    Bookmark   December 6, 2010 at 1:16PM
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