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How to Take Care of a Cane Plant

By Kelly Shetsky ; Updated September 21, 2017

A few types of cane plants exist including Fragrans cane, Massangeana cane, Dracaena cane and Arundinaria gigantean. They vary in appearance but share certain similarities including the rate in which they grow. Cane plants make statements when planted as tall floor plants. They are pretty easy to take care of, as long as you pay attention to their water, sunlight and pruning requirements.

Examine the leaves of the cane plant. If the edges are light gray or brown, the plant is dealing with temperatures that are too cool. Cane plants need tropical or subtropical weather.

Move cane plants indoors if they are suffering from cool temperatures. Put them back outside when the weather warms up.

Notice whether cane plant leaves have moved off to the side. Plants that are too hot will do this to lessen the amount of sunlight exposure. The leaves may also lose color if they're too hot. If this happens, move the cane plant to a more suitable location.

Keep the cane plant in a spot that gets moderate sunshine. They grow best with 50 percent shade.

Touch the soil often to feel for the moisture content. Cane plants should not sit in water. Let the soil become mostly dry before adding more water, especially in low-light environments. Leaf spots indicate that fungi is growing from too much water.

Prune cane plants to keep their growth under control. They will easily grow as tall as the ceiling if you don't control their vertical growth. Cut across the cane in the desired spot. New leaves will form next to the cut.


Things You Will Need

  • Cane plant
  • Container
  • Soil
  • Water
  • Pruning shears


  • Wipe gardening tools off with a cotton ball soaked in rubbing alcohol if you're using them on a diseased cane plant. This will keep the fungus from spreading.

About the Author


Based in New York State, Kelly Shetsky started writing in 1999. She is a broadcast journalist-turned Director of Marketing and Public Relations and has experience researching, writing, producing and reporting. She writes for several websites, specializing in gardening, medical, health and fitness, entertainment and travel. Shetsky has a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Marist College.