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How to Care for Massangeana Cane Corn Plants

By Kimberly Sharpe ; Updated September 21, 2017

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

 

Things You Will Need

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

Tips

  • If the foliage of the plant begins to loose its green appearance and turn completely yellow, the plant may be receiving too much water. Allow the plant to dry out and reduce the water applications.
  • Repot every five years, if necessary. The root system of the Massangeana cane corn does not grow vigorously and many plants will easily go 10 years without needing repotting.

Warning

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

About the Author

 

Based in Oregon, Kimberly Sharpe has been a writer since 2006. She writes for numerous online publications. Her writing has a strong focus on home improvement, gardening, parenting, pets and travel. She has traveled extensively to such places as India and Sri Lanka to widen and enhance her writing and knowledge base.