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Tony's Tip: Feeling tropical? Here's a plant!

By Tony Schumacher

DORCHESTER (WAOW) -- Newsline 9's Tony Schumacher is in Dorchester and would like to share with us his favorite plant that he's actually had since high school.

Tony: "Hi there everybody. Are you looking for a nice tropical looking house plant that's gonna look great all year round and give you some good, green, vibrant colors? Well, maybe you want to try dieffen bachia. It's actually a pretty common house plant and there are many different variations. You can get many different colored leaves but generally, it's a green and yellow shade.

Dieffen Bachia does get to be rather large. In fact, if you get soil conditions, good pot, and others right, it can get to easily 10 - 12 feet high. Of course, the problem with that is it can bend over and break off. But as you'll see in a moment, ithat's not really that big of a problem.

 In fact, I've had this plant since I was in High School. I got a little cutting from my biology teacher and I took it to college and brought it to my different houses and it's done well everywhere.

Couple things to keep in mind. Soil should be moist at all times. I water mine about every 5 days or so and that seems to do a pretty good trick for me. As far as light goes, it likes low to moderate light. I have a south window back here but yet it's not direct light because I have a porch overhang outside and it just seems to be the right combination.

Another thing to keep in mind is this plant is called Dieffen because it contains a toxic sap. So keep your young children and pets away from it. They don't want to eat it. it's going to make them sick or worse. Definitely want to keep that in mind.

Now, if you want to transplant this it's very easy to do. You can either cut off a portion of the stalk higher up or if you have a stud coming out, just take yourself a good knife and cut it off. Maybe about 4-5 inches long. Just plop it into a new pot with some soil in it. Make sure that cutting is covered up and of course water. Probably within a month or 2 youll have some new leaves or shoots.

So again, Deiffen bachia is a good choice to give some tropical flare to any room in your house."

Online Reporter: Ashley Gatz

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