Welcome to our guide to corn plant care. Corn plants are an easy care houseplant, just be sure to water them well, we cover all you need to know about care and propagation of dracaena fragrans…
Corn Plant Care Summary
|Light needs:||Can do well in low-medium light areas of your home, but will grow faster if given more indirect sunlight too.|
|Watering needs:||Water once a week but only if it is dry for the top two inches of soil (5 centimeters).|
|Fertilizer:||Diluted, balanced fertilizer once a month in spring and summer.|
|Soil:||A well draining compost rich in organic matter, with 20% perlite.|
|Where to buy:||Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.|
|Other names:||Dracaena fragrans.|
|Common issues:||Underwatering, overwatering and inconsistent watering.|
Welcome to our guide to corn plant care. The corn plant aka dracaena fragrans is a small dracaena tree-like houseplant originally from tropical Africa.
Corn plants are not fussy when it comes to light needs, they can do well in low-medium light areas of your home, but will grow faster if given more indirect sunlight too.
How Often to Water
Go to water your corn plant once a week but only water it if it is dry for the top two inches of soil (5 centimeters).
Tip: they can be sensitive to hard water, so use filtered tap water and let it stand over night, I use a brita water filter and use it first thing in the morning with water from the day before.
Use a balanced fertilizer once a month in the spring and summer months, but use it diluted down by twice as much as normal.
Dracaena corn plants love well draining compost rich in organic matter, add some perlite to the mix, (about a fifth of the soil should be perlite) to aid drainage.
When To Repot
Corn plants like soil that is rich in organic matter, so repotting them every 2 years or less in spring is a good idea.
40-50%. Corn plants will do well in normal household humidity.
Corn plants like the warmer side of normal household temperatures 17°C-25°C(63-77°F). Do not let them get down to 10°C (50°F) for extended period of time as the cold can damage them.
How To Propagate Corn Plant
The easiest way is to take a beheading/top cutting, root it in water, and then pot it up in soil. You want to get a to section with plenty of leaves and some stem, about 15cm or 6 inches long. Leave it for two days so the wound callouses over. Then put it in a jar of filtered tap water.
Is It Toxic To Cats?
Dracaena is toxic to cats, so seek vets immediately if you pet eats any.
Do Corn Plants Flower?
They can flower with groups of white flowers, but it is really rare.
Can Corn Plant Live Outside?
They can live outside as long as the temperatures do not get down below 10°C (50°F).
Why Do Corn Plant Leaves Turn Yellow?
Yellow leaves are sign of over or under watering. You should be able to tell which easily. Make sure you check the soil weekly and only water the plant if the soil is dry.
Where To Buy A Corn Plant
You can buy these at many local plant shops and florists, or try eBay and Etsy.
Other Names for Corn Plant
Corn Plant Care FAQs and Common Problems
Underwatering, overwatering and inconsistent watering can all cause issues and are the common killers of corn plants. Maintain a regular watering schedule but only water if the top layer of soil is dry.
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