Dracaena Massangeana (or Corn Plant) Care Guide

Dracaena massangeana or Corn plant shows off shiny green leaves with yellow streaks running down the center. These lovely leaves grow out of a central woody cane. It’s true claim to decorating fame is when you allow the plant to become tall and stately, with staggered heights of the individual canes. If you’re searching for a larger plant that is relatively low maintenance, this can be a lovely choice.

 

Fuss Factor*: 2

Light: Does best in bright indirect light, but can thrive in low light.

Watering Frequency: A little bit of neglect goes a long way here. Be sure not to overwater. Allow the top 2-3 in. of soil to dry before watering.

Soil: No special requirements

Humidity: Average household humidity works fine. Remember, these are tropicals, so a boost of humidity from misting or a humidifier will be appreciated.

Pests: Can be affected by spider mites, mealy bugs and scale.

Cautions:

  • Do not leave in direct sunlight for a prolonged period, as this can cause leaf burn.
  • Using distilled or filtered water is always best.
  • Yellowing, browning or wilting leaves are an indicator of a watering or light issue.
  • Toxic if ingested by pets or humans.

Zones: Indoor Use or Outdoors in warmer zones 10-12

*Fuss Factor: We grade our plants on level of care from 1 to 5.

  1. Low Maintenance Marvels – great choice for new plant parents
  2. Easy to Care For, Easy to Love
  3. Relatively low maintenance, but will need some regular attention
  4. Apply TLC, you’ll love the results
  5. Recommended for Helicopter Plant Parents – Labor intensive, but so worth it