A couple of months ago, my Dieffenbachia (I call him Danny) got so top heavy that he could no longer stand upright. Clearly, he needed surgery.

But I was hesitant. One, because I really love this houseplant – he’s got such big beautiful leaves and he’s super low maintenance. And two, because I’ve never had to chop a Dieffenbachia before, either for work or a personal plant. I’d read a lot about their resiliency but until you try it for yourself, it’s a little nerve-racking.

Since he kept falling over, I was forced to take the plunge.

Just as I’d read, he turned out fine. In fact, he was more than fine. He was flowering!

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Danny a Dieffenbachia

I first noticed the buds about four weeks ago. One has since opened (the other somehow got caught in an emerging leaf, which is weird), exposing the spadix:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Danny a Dieffenbachia

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Danny a Dieffenbachia

It looks just like an Aglaonema flower or a Spathiphyllum, not surprising since they are all in the same family (Araceae).

Still, I thought it was very cool.

When I performed the surgery, I lopped off the top part of the houseplant – that’s the part that is flowering now – and put the stalk in vermiculite. It has since grown its own roots.

I trimmed the stalk into three smaller pieces and put one in vermiculite and two in regular potting soil. They are all growing just fine:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Danny a Dieffenbachia

And the original stalk that had roots already I left in regular potting soil, it’s growing just fine as well:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Danny a Dieffenbachia

Between the inflorescence and the new leaves everywhere, Dieffenbachia has secured a place in my heart as one of the best houseplants ever. (Nevermind the poison part – as long as you’re careful to wash your hands, you shouldn’t be affected.)

Now I just need to figure out what to do with all of Danny’s offspring.

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I’d like to thank everyone for your patience with my vacation art photos. I wanted to post something while I was gone so you weren’t left hanging. I hope you enjoyed them.

I had a great time in the Midwest, but it sure is good to be home again.

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