When you want to add some more plants to your indoor collection you will want to consider the easy to grow Dracaena Plant. This plant stays green all year long and its long leaves resemble corn. There are more than 40 varieties, and the Corn Plant (Dracaena Fragrans) is one of them. The word “Dracaena” comes from a Greek word which means a female dragon. It can produce fragrant white flowers.
Care of the Corn Plant
The Corn Plant is one of the easiest kinds you can grow, which is why so many people have it. It is considered a tropical plant but it can do well indoors. The plant needs to receive indirect light and must stay out of the sun. It can thrive in low light conditions. Rotate the plant regularly to help ensure a straight stalk.
It needs to stay where it is warm all the time. Indoor temperature needs to stay between 60 and 70 degrees F.
The corn plant needs to be kept in a pot that can drain well but will still retain moisture. Water should be lukewarm, and the soil should not be allowed to dry more than one inch below the surface. Water it less in winter. Most problems with the plant are the result of not watering it properly. Too much water will cause leaves to drop or wilt, and it may even kill the plant.
Liquid fertilizer can be added about once a month. Use a variety that is designed for tropical plants during the spring through fall months.
Dracaena does not do well if you water it with water that has fluoride in it. This will cause the leaves to become yellow or scorched and it will eventually die. You also want to avoid using perlite because it also contains fluoride. Some fertilizers contain superphosphates, which mean that it also contains fluoride.
The Dracaena Plant can reach a height of 10 to 12 feet indoors. In Africa, its native country, it can grow to 20 feet or more. When it is small, it can sit on a table. As it gets larger, simply trim the stalk at the height you want it to be. After you cut it, it will put out new leaves.
Buds will form on the stems. You can cut the stem about three inches below the bud. Put it into the soil in a new pot, but ensure that the buds are above the soil. Water it immediately.
Cleans the Air
The Corn Plant is capable of eliminating some toxins from the air, giving you purer air to breathe. It can remove formaldehyde, xylene, benzene, and trichloroethylene.
This plant is poisonous to cats and dogs. Overall, it is safe for humans – unless they have allergies.
You can buy a healthy Dracaena Plant at Brooklyn Plantology, which is the largest plant store in New York City and the tristate area. With 20,000 square feet of plants and plant supplies, you can find all you need to get plants and to keep them healthy.