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How to Care for Massangeana Cane Corn Plants

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How to Care for Massangeana Cane Corn Plants

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Overview

The Massangeana cane corn (Dracaena fragrans), commonly called the corn plant, produces multiple thick, upright branches that have the appearance of tree trunks. Atop each branch is a large rosette of arching foliage. It can easily attain a height of 20 feet. Foliage has a green-and-yellow variegated, spear-like appearance and often grows 3 feet in length. It is widely grown as a houseplant or as a landscape specimen in zones 10 to 11. Yellow flowers often appear on mature plants and are exceptionally fragrant. The blossoms open only during the night hours.

Step 1

Place the Massangeana cane corn plant in medium light. It does not tolerate full sunlight and prefers partial shade. Place within the interior of the room away from bright, sunlit windows.

Step 2

Water the Massangeana cane corn once every seven to 10 days. Water the plant close to the base because the root system of the plant grows close to the plants base and is quite shallow. Keep the plant moist at least 1 inch into the soil

Step 3

Maintain a temperature of around 75 degrees F for the Massangeana cane corn. It will not tolerate freezing temperatures and will easily perish.

Step 4

Spray the Massangeana cane corn with water and simple dish soap if the leaves begin to wilt and there is a fine dusting of cobwebs on the plant. Spider mites commonly afflict the plant but are simple to wash away.

Step 5

Fertilize monthly in the spring and summer using a water-soluble fertilizer for houseplants. Apply according to the directions on the label.

Step 6

Mist the Massangeana cane corn weekly with water using a handheld mist sprayer. The water helps remove dust and debris from the plant.

Tips and Warnings

  • The Massangeana cane corn is poisonous so keep it out of reach of children and pets.

Things You'll Need

  • Water-soluble houseplant fertilizer
  • Handheld mister
  • Dish soap

References

  • Texas A&M University: Corn Plant
  • Desert Tropicals: Corn Plant
  • University of Florida: Dracaena Fragrans 'Massangeana'
  • Denver Plants: Corn Plants

Who Can Help

  • Plant Care Guru: Dracaena Canes, Fragrans Cane, Massangeana Cane, Mass Cane, Corn Plant
Keywords: Massangeana cane corn, corn cane plant, Massangeana cane care

About this Author

Kimberly Sharpe is a freelance writer with a diverse background. She has worked as a Web writer for the past four years. She writes extensively for Associated Content where she is both a featured home improvement contributor (with special emphasis on gardening) and a parenting contributor. She also writes for Helium. She has worked professionally in the animal care and gardening fields.

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