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How to take care of Dracaena Massangeana plants

Updated April 17, 2017

Dracaena fragrans "Massangeana," also called corn plant, is a tropical plant whose leaves resemble corn stalk leaves. It is a slow growing shrub from tropical Africa that will only grow outdoors where temperatures never drop below -1.11 degrees Celsius (30 degrees Fahrenheit). In the UK, therefore, it is most often grown as an indoor plant. Taking care of a Dracaena "Massangeana" is not difficult, as it is a low maintenance plant, but it still needs care to thrive. Knowing how to create the right environment for the plant will keep it healthy and growing vigorously.

Place the Dracaena "Massangeana" in a bright location, but not where the sun shines directly on the plant. Direct sun will burn the leaves. If you are caring for this plant indoors, a north-facing window is best.

Water the corn plant weekly with either filtered water or water that has been sitting in a bucket in open air for at least three days. The plant does not like the fluoride in tap water and these methods will remove the fluoride. Do not overwater the plant or let it sit in water or your plant will begin to suffer.

Fertilise once or twice a month during the spring and summer seasons while growth is strong with an all purpose fertiliser. Stop fertilising during the autumn and winter months.

Things You'll Need

  • Water
  • Water filter or bucket
  • Fertiliser
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Sarah Morse has been a writer since 2009, covering environmental topics, gardening and technology. She holds a bachelor's degree in English language and literature, a master's degree in English and a master's degree in information science.