How to Take Care of Dracaena Massangeana Plants

Overview

Dracaena Massangeana plants (Dracaena fragrans "Massangeana") are popular indoor foliage plants that are low-maintenance and tolerate low-light environments. Also called corn plants, the dracaena Massangeana grows up to 4 or 5 feet tall with stout, thick stems and shiny green leaves that have wide yellow central stripes. The corn plant is the most common dracaena variety and can occasionally bloom in fragrant, night-blooming flowers. Dracaena Massangeana plants are grown outdoors only in the warmest climates, where winter temperatures rarely dip down to 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 1

Place your dracaena Massangeana plant in bright indirect to low light, but never in direct sun. Maintain air temperatures around the plant of 60 to 70 degrees during the day and 50 to 60 degrees at night. Keep the dracaena away from drafty areas and heating or air conditioning vents to avoid large temperature fluctuations.

Step 2

Water your dracaena using warm water when the soil surface feels dry to the touch. Water into the potting soil until the water begins to drain from the bottom of the pot.

Step 3

Mist the dracaena's foliage with warm water once every two or three days when the indoor air is dry, particularly during the winter and hot summer days when the humidity levels are below 40 percent.

Step 4

Feed your dracaena Massangeana once each month during the spring and summer with a liquid foliage plant fertilizer. Follow the dosage instructions on the label and fertilize when watering the plant.

Tips and Warnings

  • Don't overwater your dracaena Massangeana and always use a fast-draining potting soil, because the plant is particularly sensitive to root rot. Avoid watering or misting the dracaena with water containing fluoride, which most municipal tap water contain. Also avoid using fertilizers containing superphosphate, which usually contains fluorine.

Things You'll Need

  • Fluoride-free water
  • Water spray bottle
  • Liquid foliage houseplant fertilizer
  • Planter pots
  • Houseplant potting mix

References

  • Clemson University Extension: Dracaena
  • University of Florida Cooperative Extension: Dracaena fragrans 'Massangeana'

Who Can Help

  • Dracaena.com: Dracaena fragrans "Massangeana"
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