How to Care for a Massangeana Cane


The Massangeana cane, commonly known as the corn plant, is native to west Africa. The tree, in the wild, can grow to over 20 feet tall. This is a slow-growing, tall plant with variegated leaves. The NASA Clean Air Study named the Massangeana cane as one of the houseplants that can help remove formaldehyde from the air in the home.

Step 1

Place your Massangeana cane in any area of the home that does not get direct sunlight. This plant is quite tolerant of low light situations, so even a darker corner will suit it well.

Step 2

Remove the fluoride from your tap water prior to watering the Massangeana cane. To do this, fill a bucket with water and allow it to sit, uncovered, for at least 48 hours. Water only when the soil is very dry, every 2 to 3 weeks.

Step 3

Fertilize the plant once a month with an all-purpose houseplant fertilizer. Water the plant prior to applying the fertilizer.

Step 4

Prune the tree by removing the dead leaves. Don't be afraid to cut the top off the plant if it begins to look spindly.

Step 5

Inspect the Massangeana cane regularly for mealybugs or scale. Use an insecticidal soap at the first sign of an infestation.

Tips and Warnings

  • According to the ASPCA, this plant is toxic if ingested by dogs and cats.

Things You'll Need

  • Water
  • Bucket
  • Fertilizer
  • Insecticidal soap


  • Texas A&M University: Corn Plant
  • ASPCA: Corn Plant Toxicity
  • NASA: Plants Clean Air

Who Can Help

  • University of Florida: Massangeana
Keywords: Massangeana cane plant, Dracaena frangrans, corn plant

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