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How to Grow a Mass Cane Plant

By Bridget Kelly ; Updated September 21, 2017

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.


Things You Will Need

  • All-purpose houseplant fertilizer

About the Author


Based in the American Southwest, Bridget Kelly has been writing about gardening and real estate since 2005. Her articles have appeared at Trulia.com, SFGate.com, GardenGuides.com, RE/MAX.com, MarketLeader.com, RealEstate.com, USAToday.com and in "Chicago Agent" magazine, to name a few. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in creative writing.