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How to Grow a Mass Cane Plant

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Overview

Home gardeners often select massangeana cane, commonly known as a corn plant or mass cane, for a houseplant. In the wild, this plant grows 20 feet tall. In containers, though, its growth is a bit more restrained. The flowering mass cane makes a stunning, tall accent for a shady corner of the home. To grow a mass cane plant, water sparingly and watch for pest infestations.

Step 1

Select an area of the home for the massangeana cane free from drafts and abrupt changes in temperature. The plant prefers shady places, so if you have a dim corner, this plant will do well there.

Step 2

Plant massangeana cane in a lava-based soil that drains quickly and freely.

Step 3

Water massangeana cane sparingly. Allow it to completely dry out between waterings, and never allow it to sit in water.

Step 4

Mist the plant daily with a misting bottle.

Step 5

Fertilize the massangeana with an all-purpose, water-soluble fertilizer, monthly during the growing season. Cut back on fertilizer in winter and begin again in spring. Use the rate suggested on the fertilizer package.

Step 6

Check the plant frequently for common pests. Scale, mealybugs, and thrips can be controlled if you catch them before a major infestation takes place. Neem oil is a safe, natural insecticide that should control most of the pests on the mass cane plant.

Things You'll Need

  • All-purpose houseplant fertilizer

References

  • Plant Care Guru: Dracaena Canes
  • Texas A&M University: Corn Plant
  • " The Complete Guide to Houseplants: The Easy Way to Choose and Grow Healthy, Happy Houseplants"; Valerie Bradley; 2006
Keywords: grow a mass cane, dracaena houseplant, care for dracaena

About this Author

Victoria Hunter, a former broadcaster and real estate agent, has provided audio and written services to both small businesses and large corporations, worldwide. Hunter is a freelance writer specializing in the real estate industry. She devotes her spare time to her other passions: gardening and cooking. Hunter holds a Bachelor of Arts in English/creative writing.