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How to Grow a Mass Cane Plant

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.

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.

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

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

Mist the plant daily with a misting bottle.

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.

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.

Grow A Mass Cane Plant

All of us love to bring the beauty of plants into our homes. Plants also naturally clean the air in our homes by taking out the toxins that build up in the uncirculated air. You can turn a light on in the room that the plant resides in and it should do just fine. If you want, you can always place the plant outdoors in the warmer months to make up for any incongruencies with the lighting during the cold winter months when you keep it indoors. Mix some potting soil for the plant. The sand will keep the soil from compacting and allow for better drainage. By watering it immediately after planting, you will make sure that there are no air bubbles left around the roots that could help in drying the plant out. If you over-water, you can actually kill the plant, so please stick to these guidelines.

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