How to Care for Corn House Plants

Overview

Corn house plants are easy-to-care-for, attractive foliage plants. In fact, information published by Clemson University lists these plants as "carefree" and "rugged," making them the perfect choice for any home gardener. Known as a group by their scientific name of Dracaena, many of these tropical beauties feature distinctive, long and variegated leaves. Many also feature stalks and leaves that look similar to the stalks and leaves of corn, giving rise to the nickname "corn plants." Only basic culture is needed for corn house plants to thrive.

Step 1

Use a standard house plant potting soil for your corn plants. These plants do not have to be planted in any specialized planting medium. Almost any commercial potting soil will suffice, according to information published by Clemson University.

Step 2

Place your indoor corn plant in a location where it will receive bright sunlight, but not be exposed to the hot, direct rays of the afternoon sun, which can scorch the dracaena's delicate leaves. Set your corn plant by a window that faces the morning sun but has afternoon shade, or a lightly curtained window, which will filter the sunlight.

Step 3

Water the corn plant when the soil starts to become dry to the touch on the surface. Do not over-water, as this can cause root rot, according to Clemson University. Root rot is a fungal disease that destroys the roots of the plant, causing it to suffer an overall decline and eventually death.

Step 4

Fertilize your corn plant monthly during the growing season (spring through summer). Use a water-soluble fertilizer formulated for foliage house plants, and follow the directions on the label according to the size and age of your corn plant.

Tips and Warnings

  • Keep dracaenas away from a heat source, such as a heater vent, or the leaves may drop off suddenly, according to information published by Texas A&M University.

Things You'll Need

  • Commercial potting soil
  • Watering tool
  • Water-soluble foliage plant fertilizer

References

  • Clemson University: Dracaena
  • University of Illinois: Houseplant Care: Dracaena
  • Texas A&M University: Caring for House Plants

Who Can Help

  • Denver Plants: Corn Stalk Plant
Keywords: corn house plants, dracaena care, growing dracaena plants

About this Author

April Sanders has been a professional writer since 1998. Previously, she worked as an educator and currently writes academic research content for EBSCO publishing and elementary reading curriculum for Compass Publishing. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in social psychology from the University of Washington and a master's degree in information sciences and technology in education from Mansfield University.