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Why: I recently moved to a window seat on the west side of my office. At about 3:30 every day, the sun gets over the top of the building and sets my whole desk on fire. At least the ocean is pretty.
Anyway, I got a plant, but I don't know what it is or how to take care of it. All the lady told me was to "be careful; sun that hot will burn anything in its path." It has longish green leaves with points, and the centers of some of them are yellow or white with speckles.
Answer: It's a dieffenbachia, aka "dumb cane"! I think!
(I first thought it was an aglaonema, but I realize now that I was wrong. Dead wrong.)
The dumb cane needs:
- Moist soil, so water frequently or mist (check)
- Moderate to low lighting (erm)
- To be within 5-8 feet of a window (...)
Who wants to suggest a different kind of desk plant that I can leave in the full sun of a west-facing window?
Source: Sterling Gardens (Neenah, WI), Houseplant Care Tips
The More You Know: Like many houseplants, the dieffenbachia is poisonous to dogs. You know what else is poisonous to dogs? Beef jerky. Bella chewed through a bag of it the other night and spent all of yesterday barely able to lift her head (except to diarrhea).