When it outgrew and broke its 6-inch pot, Barbara Wick’s
2-foot-tall dumb cane (Dieffenbachia amoena) needed quick relacation.
Until she could buy a bigger pot, she parked the plant in the only
container at hand: a big fish aquarium.
She quickly discovered that the plant thrived in what seemed an odd
environment. Our photographs show it six years later, with a curving
20-foot trunk and 2-foot leaves, coexisting contentedly with goldfish
and a catfish.
Try this yourself only if your fish tank has a device that adds
oxygen bubbles to the water. The Wicks’ bubbler apparently meets
the roots’ oxygen needs; the plant probably would die without the
oxygen, just as if it were overwatered.