Dracaena Massangeana (or Corn Plant) Care Guide

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Dracaena Massangeana, commonly known as the Corn Plant likely due to its resemblance to the foliage of young corn stalks, is a popular ornamental houseplant cherished for its striking foliage and ease of care. Originating from tropical Africa, this evergreen plant has become a favorite among indoor gardeners worldwide due to its adaptability to various light conditions and relatively low maintenance requirements.

The Dracaena Massangeana features sturdy, cane-like stems that grow upright, reaching heights of up to six feet or more in optimal conditions. Its distinctive foliage consists of long, lance-shaped leaves arranged in a rosette pattern atop the stems. The leaves boast vibrant shades of green, often with yellow or cream-colored stripes running along the edges or in the center, creating a striking contrast. With proper care, mature plants may produce fragrant white flowers followed by orange berries.

Growing Zone: Indoor Use or Outdoors in warmer zones 10-12

Basic Care Guidelines:

Native to West Africa, particularly regions of Cameroon and neighboring countries, Dracaena Massangeana thrives in the tropical rainforests where it enjoys warm temperatures, high humidity, and filtered sunlight. It has adapted well to indoor environments, making it a popular choice for homes and offices around the world.


Dracaena Massangeana thrives in bright, indirect light but can tolerate lower light conditions. Avoid exposing it to direct sunlight, as this can scorch the leaves. Inadequate light may result in leggy growth or loss of variegation in the foliage. Rotate the plant occasionally to ensure even growth.


Maintain average room temperatures between 65°F to 80°F (18°C to 27°C) throughout the year. Protect the plant from drafts and sudden temperature fluctuations, as they can cause stress and leaf drop.


Allow the top inch of the soil to dry out between waterings, then water thoroughly until excess moisture drains from the bottom of the pot. Overwatering can lead to root rot, so it’s essential to avoid waterlogged soil. Err on the side of underwatering rather than overwatering.

Reduce watering frequency during the winter months when the plant’s growth slows down.


Dracaena Massangeana appreciates moderate to high humidity levels, which mimic its native tropical environment. Increase humidity by misting the leaves regularly or placing a humidity tray filled with water and pebbles beneath the pot. Avoid placing the plant near heaters or air conditioning vents, as they can dry out the air.


Plant Dracaena Massangeana in well-draining potting soil amended with perlite or coarse sand to improve drainage. Repot the plant every two to three years or when it outgrows its current container, typically in spring or early summer.


Feed the plant with a balanced liquid fertilizer diluted to half strength every 4-6 weeks during the growing season (spring and summer). Refrain from fertilizing during the winter months when the plant’s growth slows down.


Remove any yellowing, damaged, or dead leaves as soon as they appear to maintain the plant’s overall health and appearance. Prune the stems back if they become too leggy or top-heavy, cutting just above a node to encourage branching.


Dracaena Massangeana can be propagated through stem cuttings or by air layering. To propagate via stem cuttings, take a 4-6 inch section of stem with several leaves attached and root it in a container filled with moist potting mix. Provide bottom heat and keep the soil consistently moist until roots develop, usually within a few weeks.

Common Issues and Solutions

  1. Yellowing Leaves: Yellowing leaves can indicate overwatering, underwatering, or insufficient light. Adjust watering frequency and ensure the plant receives adequate light.
  2. Brown Tips: Brown tips on the leaves are often a sign of low humidity or excessive fertilizer salts in the soil. Increase humidity levels and flush the soil with water to leach out excess salts.
  3. Leaf Dropping: Sudden leaf dropping can occur due to environmental stress, such as drafts, temperature fluctuations, or overwatering. Address the underlying cause and provide stable growing conditions.
  4. Pests: Keep an eye out for common houseplant pests like spider mites, mealybugs, and scale insects. Treat infestations promptly with insecticidal soap or neem oil, ensuring thorough coverage of both sides of the leaves.

Dracaena Massangeana, with its striking foliage and easygoing nature, is a fantastic addition to any indoor plant collection. By following the care guidelines outlined in this comprehensive guide, you can ensure your Corn Plant thrives and continues to brighten your home with its tropical charm for years to come. With proper attention to light, water, temperature, and humidity, your Dracaena Massangeana will reward you with lush, vibrant foliage and a touch of natural beauty indoors.

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: 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