Dracaena Massangeana Fragrans Corn Plant Care Guide

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What is the Dracaena Massangeana Fragrans Corn Plant?

The Dracaena Massangeana Fragrans Corn Plant is a medium-sized houseplant that grows properly even without the structured care schedules that many other plants require. Its foliage grows out from a thick, rising stem, giving it the appearance of a small tree. It gained its Corn Plant nickname from its leaves, which share an uncanny resemblance to the shape and weight of cornstalks.

Best of all, the Corn Plant does not demand more than the minimum effort from its owner, meaning that houseplant lovers of all different experience levels can enjoy it without fear of harming its growth. Simply provide it with indirect light, moderate temperatures and occasional watering sessions; it will handle the rest!

Light CareLight Care

The Corn Plant prefers areas of your home that offer it bright, indirect light. Indirect light is perfect for this houseplant, as it shields the plant from the harsh impact of direct sunlight without depriving it of the light’s benefits. When exposed to bright, direct light for a long period of time, its leaves can burn and lose their natural coloring.

Avoid low light conditions as well. When the Corn Plant does not get enough sunlight, it can suffer from many of the same complications that direct light presents. This includes issues such as stunted growth and foliage discoloration, which are both very detrimental to the plant’s overall health.

Water CareWater Care

This plant is drought-resistant, which means that you do not need to water it very often. A biweekly regimen allows you to provide it with sustenance without fear of overwatering. Start watering your plant at this time interval, and make any adjustments necessary depending on the appearance of your plant. Make sure to water the soil evenly and all the way through, moisturizing as much of the soil as possible. 

To check the water levels of your plant’s soil, place a water meter a few inches into the soil, where it will give you an accurate indication. If you do not own a water meter, stick one finger knuckle-deep into the soil. At this depth, you will be able to accurately account for the soil’s level of moistness.

Food GuideFood Guide

Provide your Dracaena Massangeana Fragrans Corn Plant with well-draining potting soil. In doing this, your plant will be provided with a source of helpful minerals and can avoid the harmful effects of stagnant water. Most common houseplant soils are satisfactory, but consider adding perlite or peat moss to the mixture for added drainage capabilities.

Fertilize your plant only once or twice during the growing season. The Corn Plant grows well with nothing but soil and water, which is why many experts recommend avoiding fertilizer altogether. If you feel like giving your plant an extra boost, make sure to use fertilizer that does not include fluoride, which has proven itself to be dangerous.

Staff Holy Grail Tip:

The Dracaena Massangeana Fragrans Corn Plant is able to grow happy and healthy without much assistance on your end. This includes fertilizer, which many experts feel is wholly unnecessary for proper plant growth. That being said, the conditions that the plant faces could potentially cause it to lose some of its natural growing capabilities. In this case, offering common houseplant fertilizer once or twice during the growing months of the spring and summer is ideal. This should encourage greater development and won’t cause your plant to suffer from the effects of over-fertilization, such as burnt leaves.

- Ness