The dracaena massangeana (nickname corn plant), like all dracaenas, is tolerant of lower light, missed waterings, and general neglect. This dracaena is especially popular because of its long, graceful, green leaves that have a yellow and light green stripe running down the center. The leaves grow out of a central woody cane. When small dracaena corn plants can sit on a table, but their claim to fame is as a stately tall plant growing up to 10ft’-12 ft’. Be sure there are at least three canes at staggered heights in the pot when purchasing this plant. This insures that as dracaena matures, it will look full and lush.
Dracaena corn plants are considered by some to be poisonous, especially to dogs and cats.
A dracaena massangeana, also called a dracaena corn plant, can tolerate low light but grows faster and produces larger leaves in medium to bright indirect light. Unlike the low-light dracaena janet craig with its dark green leaves, the pale yellow center stripe in the leaves of a dracaena corn plant requires better light.
Like all dracaenas, allow the top 50-75% of the soil to dry out before watering. This plant survives under-watering but quickly dies from over-watering. If your water contains fluoride or chlorine, allow it sit out over-night before using it so the chemicals can dissipate. High concentrations of fluoride damage the leaves of dracaenas and cause brown leaf tips. Never use water that has passed through a softener. It is too salty and causes leaf damage.
Fertilize a corn plant dracaena monthly in the spring and summer with a balanced plant food diluted to 1/2 the recommended strength. Never be feed during the winter and fertilize only once only during the Fall.
Corn plant dracaenas do well in temperatures between 65°-80°F (18°-26.5°C).
A corn plant dracaena prefers high humidity, but does well in regular household humidity.