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.
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.
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
- 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.
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!
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