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  1. RobertB

    RobertB Apprentice Gardener

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    We have some plants that are alive but not looking good and would like some advice as to what to do with them i will try to put pictures up
    Any help appreciated thanks
    Robert

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    • Victoria

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      Hello RobertB and welcome.

      The Dieffenbachia could be overwatered. They all look like they are lacking light and could use a good trim back to bush out.
       
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        Welcome to the forum @RobertB :smile:

        The first two plants are Kalanchoe blossfeldiana. They look as if they could do with cutting back, and they need more light. They are succulent plants so don't need watering too often.

        The third one is Dieffenbachia I think and it looks pot bound to me, it also looks as if it needs separating and maybe a bit of trimming. I have never grown these so don't know much about them but I think they are tropical plants so need to be in bright light but not in direct sun.
         
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          Thanks for the reply Victoria. The Dieffenbachia feel very dry and they are all in a window plus how far back should I cut them?
           
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            Personally I would be drastic with the Kalanchoes cutting them back to 6-8 inches or so and start new ones from the cuttings. You can put three in one pot.They root and grow quickly. When plants are on windowsills, you should turn them occasionally so they grow evenly around and pinch the tops out if they start to get leggy.

            Take the poorly leaves off the Dieffenbachia and check it's soil.

            Why Are My Dieffenbachia Leaves Turning Yellow? - Smart Garden Guide
             
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              Hi @RobertB , welcome!

              The Kalanchoes would benefit from rejuvenating. Cuttings are easy to root but that's best done in spring. Cut off the young top and place in a pot filled with slightly damp compost. Cactus compost or multipurpose one with added sand or gravel is good. The older bare stems might root too, worth a try rather than binning them- try cutting some 3-5cm bits and place them horizontally on the compost.

              Once you have new plants going you can either bin the mother plant or cut it all back to see if it will sprout from the root.

              The Diffenbachia will look better if you remove all the yellowing leaves, give it a good showering and re-pot in the spring. Diffenbachia tolerates lower light. You can trim some or all stems in the spring and root them in the same pot to make the plant bushier.

              For this winter I'd suggest just to keep the plants in good light, Kalanchoes should be kept fairly dry and the Diffenbachia also doesn't need watering until the compost feels dry to touch. If it's too dry it will droop but will recover after watering.
               
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                @RobertB @Selleri has given good advice re the Diffenbachia but do be careful as the sap can cause a rash and should it be ingested by anyone will cause the tongue to swell disabling speech, hence the old name Dumb Cane. Plant suppliers don't use the name now as it reduced sales!
                 
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                  Thanks for all the super replies we just want to rejuvenate the currant plants so if I read correctly We need to cut them back except the Diffenbachia.
                   
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                    I don't think there is much wrong with the Diffenbachia, just a straighten up and give the yellow leaves a gentle tug if not cut them off close to the stem.
                    As to the Kalanchoe, personally I throw them away after flowering, I never consider them to be worthwhile long term.
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                      thank you !
                       
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