Growing Dracaena Fragrans – How to Grow Corn Plants

Large, showy indoor plants are a delight in the home. Growing dracaena fragrans gives the feeling of being in a corn field. The striped yellow and green leaves bring a lot of softness to any corn of a room

It is not too hard to figure out why Dracaena Fragrans is called The Corn Plant.  The whole plant makes me think of corn growing in my garden, especially when it is grown on one stalk.These tips for growing dracaena fragrans show how easy this house plant is to manage. #dracaenafragrans #cornplants

Growing Dracaena Fragrans

More interest comes from the plant when the growing tip is chopped off and it sprouts into many stems.

The leaves are long and glossy with yellow and white stripes on them.   The plant is great indoors, since it is fine with filtered light conditions.  Try to locate the plant somewhere near a window. Too low light will result in the plant losing its stripes and become more of a plain green plant.

Leaves of the corn plant houseplant

Dracaena fragrans is fairly easy to grow indoors.   They make good houseplants because they are tall and narrow, so they fit will into most indoor settings.  And they also have growth that can be controlled fairly easy.  If you don’t have a green thumb, this plant is also easy to grow, since it can withstand a fairly significant amount of abuse from casual indoor gardeners.


Tips for Growing Corn Plants

Growing dracaena fragrans is easy, even for beginners. Corn plant makes a great and showy indoor plant

Growing Conditions:

  • Corn Plants like bright filtered light.
  • Well draining all purpose potting soil.
  • Water the plants 1-2 times a week – avoid over watering.
  • Fertilize monthly when the plant is growing actively.
  • Temps of 60-90 degrees F are ideal.
  • 40% humidity is best.  Misting will help with humidity..
  • Propagation:  Tip cuttings root quite easily.  Stem cuttings will also take.  A rooting hormone powder will increase chances of success with both types of cuttings. 
  • Clean the leaves regularly from dust that will settle with a cloth and warm water.
  • Growth is slow but the plant can reach up to 6 feet tall indoors.

If the plant starts to get tall and spindly, chop off the top. This will result in it sprouting more growing tips as shown below.  I actually prefer this look to a straight stem. This also keeps the plant to a manageable size.

The plant will even develop what are called “aerial roots.” If you take off a section like this and plant it in soil, you will end up with a new houseplant for free.

Aerial roots of a corn plant

Corn plants are popular house plants because they can be grown by inexperienced gardeners.  Perhaps a friend of yours might like one as a housewarming gift!

Print out the handy recipe card below for growing tips for corn plants

Growing Dracaena Fragrans - How to Grow Corn Plants
This easy to grow house plant is popular with beginners.
Recipe type: Houseplant
Cuisine: Dracaena fragrans
  • Sunlight: Bright filtered light.
  • Water t even moisture, avoid over watering.
  • Fertilize: monthly during the spring and summer.
  • Temperature and humidity: 60-90 degrees with medium humidity. Misting helps if the air is dry.
  • Propagation: Tip cuttings.,stem cuttings.
  • Height: slow growing up to 6 feet indoors.
  1. Growing dracaena fragrans gives the feeling of being in a corn field. The striped yellow and green leaves bring a lot of softness to any corn of a room These tips will show you how to grow corn plants even if you are a beginner.

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  2 comments for “Growing Dracaena Fragrans – How to Grow Corn Plants

  1. Jan
    01/11/2018 at 3:18 pm

    What causes rust on my Dracaena?

    • Carol
      01/11/2018 at 4:06 pm

      Hi Jan, Rust is a disease that is caused by a parasite that live on some plants. It’s a fungus. Rust is most likely to occur in warm moist conditions. It is spread by spores and can be transferred to healthy plants. It is treated with a fungicide. Carol

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