For many decades, Dieffenbachia species and cultivars, members of the family Araceae, have been important to the ornamental tropical foliage plant industry. Dieffenbachias’ ability to adapt to interior environments, its ease of production, and its striking foliar variegation are major reasons for the plant's continued popularity and market share (Henny and Chen, 2004). Approximately 20 cultivars are commercially produced in Florida. For many years, new cultivar introductions were obtained only from private collections or as chance mutations. Most new cultivars are now being introduced from plant breeding and development programs (Henny 1995a, 1995b; Henny et al., 1987). The hybrid Dieffenbachia ‘Tropic Honey’ was developed and selected as a part of the tropical foliage plant breeding program at Mid-Florida Research and Education Center.
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