The Dracaena Corn Plant is a slow growing, sometimes flowering, shrub which is wildly popular as a houseplant. The scientific name for the corn plant is Dracaena fragrans, which is the true corn plant in its native and original form, with solid dark green leaves.
Many other varieties of Dracaena plant now exist, including Dracaena deremensis, Dracaena sanderiana, and Dracaena massangeana. The most commonly known Dracaena in western society is the massangena variety, which is known for the yellow-lime green colored stripe that runs down the center of each dark green leaf.
All of the Dracaena plant varieties can be collectively referred to as corn plants, all growing upright on thick branches, with leaves sprouting from the stems in a manner reminiscent of corn.
- Corn Plant Overview
- History of the Corn Plant
- Benefits of the Corn Plant
- How to Care for Your Corn Plant
- Potential Pests
- Common Problems
- A Handy Guide on Taking Care of Corn Plants
- Dracaena Fragrans Info: Learn How To Grow A Corn Plant
- Dracaena Fragrans Info
- How to Grow a Corn Plant
- Old-Time Indoor Corn Plant
- Origins of Dracaena fragrans
- Professionals Prefer Dracaena Massangeana: Mass Cane Plant Care
- Light Requirements & Corn Plants
Corn Plant Overview
|Scientific Name||Dracaena fragrans|
|Family||Agavaceae Dracaenaceae (University of Vermont, Indoor Plants)|
|Common Names||Mass Cane, Corn Plant, Massangeana Cane|
|Maximum Growth||6 ft|
|Ideal Temperature||Over 55°F|
|Varieties||Massangeana, Compacta, Warneckei, Lemon Lime, deremensis, sanderiana, Reflexa|
|Light||Moderate light, away from direct sunlight|
|Watering||Water once the soil has become dry, keeping it moist, not wet|
History of the Corn Plant
Native to Upper Guinea in Africa, the corn plant originates from a tropical climate, where it grows in humid forests. The ‘true’ corn plant, Dracaena fragrans, has solid green leaves and is often found growing surrounded by taller vegetation, which provides it with shade. It gets its name from the highly fragrant flowers it produces, which open after dark. (University of Florida- Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences)
The plant was first introduced to Europe in the 1700s, where it became popular as a houseplant. It wasn’t until the early 1900s that the corn plant made a name for itself in the United States, but it rapidly gained support thanks to how easy it is to grow and care for, along with its tall and elegant style.
Benefits of the Corn Plant
- Like all plants, the corn plant produces oxygen and makes the air in your home healthier for all of your family. However, the corn plant is especially good for improving air quality, as it also absorbs toxins. The NASA Clean Air Study found that Dracaena plants remove toxic substances from the air, including formaldehyde, xylene, benzene, and trichloroethylene (NASA- Interior Landscape Plants for Indoor Air Pollution Abatement).
- The corn plant is slow growing, so it does not need frequent pruning or maintenance. The slow growth also means it will act as an ornament in your home, happily filling a space where it can remain for some time without becoming too big for the area.
- The corn plant is inexpensive and easily attainable. It can be commonly found at garden nurseries and plant stores at very reasonable prices compared with other houseplants of its size.
- The corn plant is tolerant of most lighting conditions, and can, therefore, be suited to any number of places in your home.
- The corn plant is quite hardy, making it easy to look after for almost anyone. Gardening beginners or people who have very little interest in caring for houseplants should still find the corn plant easy to grow. It requires very little attention, yet it is highly rewarding.
How to Care for Your Corn Plant
Depending on the level of light your corn plant receives, you will likely only need to water it every week or two. In strong light, you may need to water it more frequently, but only ever enough to moisten the soil. The soil should be allowed to dry out between each watering. Before watering, dip your finger around one inch into the soil of your plant, and if it’s dry then, you can water it. If it isn’t dry, leave it for another day or two and re-check the soil before adding more water.
As well as being slow growing, this plant is also slow to react. This means that if your watering technique is slightly off, it will be several weeks before the plant shows any symptoms or signs of damage from overwatering or underwatering, so it’s best to err on the side of caution when watering, being sure to keep up to date on the condition of the soil.
Dracaena fragrans on the windowsill
The corn plant is very tolerant of most lighting conditions, though it thrives in moderate and indirect light. Bright direct light will result in a faster-growing plant, though it can also cause the leaves of the plant to become pale or scorched. If you position this plant in an area of strong light, try to use curtains or window blinds to filter the light and give your plant the best chance of growing healthily. If this isn’t possible and the plant receives lots of direct bright light, it would benefit from a specialized fertilizer to prevent chlorosis and bleached looking leaves.
Corn plants in low lit areas will grow more slowly, and the colors of the leaves will become less vibrant; in some cases, the yellow stripe becoming almost imperceptible.
To allow your corn plant to flourish, place it in moderate natural sunlight, ideally in a north facing window.
Due to its tropical nature, the corn plant enjoys high humidity. However, it will fare perfectly well in homes with moderate humidity. This plant can be considered as quite sociable, as it does well when set nearby other plants, which help to increase humidity levels. If the humidity in your home drops and the plant seems to suffer as a result with browning leaves, you can spray the plant with a light water mist to combat this.
The corn plant is at its happiest with temperatures ranging from 60°F (15°C) to 75°F (24°C). If the temperature falls below 55°F (12°C), then the leaves will suffer, turning a pale gray or brown color. Try to shield the plant from cold wind by keeping it away from open windows.
In warmer months, keep the plant out of windows that get direct sunlight where it may become too hot. Alternatively, use a curtain to help filter the light and lower the temperature. When the corn plant is in an environment which is too hot for it, the leaves may curl inwards on themselves, or the leaves may start to point towards more shaded areas. If you notice this happening, it’s a sure sign that you need to move your plant to a more suitable spot, as it is trying to guard itself against the sun.
This is a plant that doesn’t necessarily need any pruning, though you may wish to trim it to achieve a shape or size which suits your space. To reduce the height of your corn plant, simply cut off the top portion with garden shears, directly across horizontally. You may also wish to prune any leaves which have turned brown or have become unhealthy looking. Simply trim these off at the nodes; this is where the leaf sprouts from the branch.
The corn plant is an ideal plant to propagate because achieving successful shoots is usually easy and doesn’t cause any issues.
To propagate your corn plant, wait until springtime to take your cutting. This is because the original plant will be in its growing season, and the cutting will, therefore, continue to grow. Cut between two and five inches from a healthy stem that has buds, with a sharp knife or shears. Plant the cutting into a new pot with new soil, making sure the buds remain above soil level. Water the cutting immediately and continue to care for it as necessary. To increase your chances of success, you could also use rooting hormone on the cutting; however, this isn’t essential.
The corn plant should be repotted annually to maintain high levels of health. To repot the plant, lift it from its current container and remove the surrounding soil, taking extra care not to disturb the roots. Then, place the plant into a larger pot that will allow it more space to grow over the coming year, and pour fresh potting soil around the base. Don’t pack the new soil in too tightly, as compressed soil won’t allow for good drainage.
Some fertilizers can cause the leaves of corn plants to turn brown, as they do not like baron or fluoride, both of which are commonly found in fertilizer. For this reason, some suggest not using any fertilizer at all, as it can cause more harm than good, and generally, corn plants do very well with just water alone. If you feel the need to supply your plant with extra nutrients, you could do this on an occasional basis, such as annually or biannually.
Care through Winter
The corn plant thrives in high humidity, though winter is often a time of low humidity in homes, due to indoor heating or naturally low temperatures. You can easily maintain a healthy plant by lightly misting the leaves with a water spray to increase humidity, or place the plant pot on a tray filled with pebbles and water. Humidity will be created around the plant as the water evaporates.
Remember to also keep the temperature steady during winter, ideally above 60°F, and certainly not below 55°F. If temperatures fluctuate too much, even within the ideal range, the plant will show signs of distress.
Before spotting mealy bugs on your corn plant, you may first notice a sticky residue on the leaves of your plant. This is the excrement produced after having eaten the sap from your plant. Mealy bugs gather on the underside of leaves and stems, attacking the plant and causing loss of leaves and stunted growth.
To identify an infestation of mealy bugs, look for white fuzzy looking insects. These can be removed with a heavy stream of water, such as with a powerful hose. If this doesn’t work, your infestation may be more serious and will require the use of insecticides to treat properly. Some people also have success with neem oil.
Spider mites are notoriously difficult to spot because they are so tiny, they are almost impossible to see with the naked eye. Infestations usually occur in the summer, when the mites suck the juices from the plant leaves, leaving behind marks of discoloration. In most cases, the yellow or brown spots are noticed before any physical indications of the spider mites are seen. To identify a spider mite infestation, look for the white eggs, which are usually laid near the veins of the plant.
To eradicate spider mites, spray the leaves extensively with running water, or use miticides in more severe cases.
The corn plant is commonly a host for scale, a small white pest which ranges in color from brown to white. They attack the plant by sucking the sap from the leaves, resulting in a weak plant that sometimes completely stops growing.
Introducing a natural predator which is harmless to plants can help to control scale, such as ladybugs or parasitic wasps; however, this isn’t always a suitable treatment for houseplants. Alternatively, a horticultural oil may help to rid the corn plant of the infestation, or an insecticide.
Thrips are small, thin, winged creatures, who feast on weak corn plant leaves that haven’t been watered enough. Thrips pierce the leaves and suck out the liquids from inside the plant cells, sometimes leaving behind a nasty black residue on the leaves.
Prevent a thrip infestation by sticking to a good watering regime with your plant. If a thrip problem does occur on your corn plant, combat it by removing any badly damaged leaves, and thoroughly rinsing the remaining leaves with water.
If your corn plant resembles the leaning tower of Pisa, it is likely a result of uneven watering, or the plant is growing in a direction towards or away from a source of light. This is an easy problem to solve. Simply prop your cane back in an upright position, and pack soil around its base to keep it stable. Going forward, be sure to rotate your plant so that it gets even light coverage, and water it as evenly as possible.
Brown colored spots on leaves are fairly common, particularly on fresh growth. This could be caused by a buildup of salt in the soil, which is a result of salt deposits in the water. If you suspect this is a possibility, add more soil to the pot. Brown spots could also be caused by escaped roots which have grown outside of the pot. If this is the case, either trim the roots back to restrict further growth, or move the plant into a larger pot.
Yellow or Brown Leaves
Discolored leaves, especially on the tips, are almost always a watering issue. Corn plants that are overwatered or under watered will display their distress in the form of brown or yellow leaves. Adjust your watering habits to help the situation improve. Yellowing leaves could also be the result of old age.
If the tips of your corn plant are suffering from discoloration, trim the ends or remove the entire leaf to encourage new healthy growth. A good tip for removing an unhealthy leaf is to tear a slit in it at the tip, creating two parts of the leaf. Pull the two sections away from each other, and the leaf will easily come away from the stalk without leaving any leaf remnant behind.
Discolored leaves can also be a sign of toxicity. Corn plants are sensitive to the chemicals in most fertilizers, so if you regularly fertilize your corn plant and the leaves have started to turn yellow or brown, then you should discontinue your fertilizer regime with immediate effect. Corn plants are also sensitive to fluoride, which is found in tap water.
If you suspect your leaves are suffering from a toxicity problem, then water your plant with rainwater or bottled water instead and see if that makes a difference. Corn plants react slowly, so you will need to continue this for several weeks to know if the fluoride is an issue. If your corn plant does recover after switching to bottled water or rainwater, continue this program to maintain the health of the corn plant. Ideally, you’ll want to collect rainwater in containers outside your property or on outdoor window sills to use for watering to reduce the unnecessary expense of using bottled water.
Out of Control Stalks
The stalks on old corn plants can get overgrown and wild looking if they are not kept under control. If your plant has any spindly stalks which are too long, simply cut them back to an appropriate size.
Wrinkly or Rotten Stalks
Wrinkled stalks are an indication that your plant is thirsty and has been severely under watered, while rotten stalks indicate the opposite; the plant has been overwatered. As long as the damage is not too severe, you can reverse the problem by carrying out a better watering regime.
A Handy Guide on Taking Care of Corn Plants
Categorized as a hardy houseplant variety, a corn plant requires minimal effort and easy gardening tips. Here are some tips on caring for a corn plant.
A corn plant, also commonly known as Dracaena, grows both in indoor and outdoor conditions. Belonging to the Agave family and represented as Dracaena fragrans, it is a tropical plant species popularly grown as houseplants for its attractive foliage. The stem is erect, brownish in color, and bears bright green, lanceolate leaves at the top. The plant resembles a corn stalk, hence the name. You can identify these plants from the yellowish band present in the foliage, which runs along the length of the leaf.
You should understand the basic necessities of growing a corn plant before you indulge in actual growing. Even though the detailed growing requirements vary according to species, one thing common to all varieties is that they grow best in low light. Hence, they are ideal houseplants, which you can place in room corners and hallways. They grow to a maximum height of about 20 feet.
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Frankly speaking, these plants require little care and maintenance. Hence, even if you have a hectic schedule and have less time, you can grow healthy plants. An important note is that all types of corn plants are poisonous, thus requiring you to keep these plants away from children and pets.
The roots of corn plants are shallow and borne very close to the cane. They can be grown in small pots in the initial growth stages. However, when the plants height increase, you need to repot them in larger size containers, so that the weight of the top portion is balanced properly with the bottom portion. A corn plant having a height of 9 feet can be grown in a 16-inch pot.
After pot selection, the next step is preparing potting media. Your aim is to make well-drained, fertile, and loose soil. Consider mixing garden soil with peat moss to get the required soil texture and fertility. In case of poor quality soil mixture, supplement it with a liquid fertilizer in correct concentrations, as prescribed in the product label.
As mentioned already, these plants need low light. You can place them in areas that receive filtered sunlight for better growth. As far as temperature is concerned, it requires warm conditions. When exposed to very cold conditions, leaf dropping is observed. As they are native to tropical climates, the optimal temperature range is close to their native habitat, about 20 to 25 degrees Celsius.
Moderate watering is sufficient to maintain healthy plants. You can consider irrigating them once in 7 to 10 days or whenever the top soil is dry. Watering should be done to such an extent that the upper soil layer (about 1 inch) is moistened. Overwatering causes yellow coloration of the foliage. Hence, if you notice such a condition, reduce watering frequency.
Propagation is mostly done by stem cuttings, preferably in spring. When your plants are matured enough, you can cut the stems with a sharp blade. Then, prepare a potting mixture and insert the twigs in the soil. Most probably the new stem cuttings will root within 2 to 3 weeks.
Disease and Pest Problems
One of the advantages is that these plants are highly resistant to pest and diseases. Hence, if you provide the ideal growing conditions, your plants will grow healthily without any signs of infestation. At times, when they are exposed to stress, spider mites and bugs can infest them. In such incidences, spray the affected parts with a dilute solution of regular dishwashing soap and water.
Follow the above tips along with regular misting and cleaning of the foliage. If necessary, you can think of pruning them to manage their height. When matured, corn plants may bear scented, yellow colored flowers in panicle inflorescence.
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The tips of the leaves on my corn plant are turning brown. Why is this happening and how can I prevent it?
Corn plant or dracaena is an excellent houseplant because it requires relatively little care and can take the low light conditions typical of our homes and offices.
I like the tropical look of the plant with its woody trunk topped with a bundle of strap-like leaves.
Corn plants prefer daytime temperatures of 75 to 80 degrees F and 65 to 70 degrees F during the night. The soil should be kept consistently moist, but not soggy and they only need fertilizer every 6 months. Although dracaena can take low light conditions, they do best when placed in bright but indirect light. Try to avoid placing them in full sun as it will burn the leaves.
The problem you are experiencing is probably due to inconsistent watering. If the soil dries out too much the tips of the leaves will turn brown. Of course, you don’t want to over water either, especially in winter when growth has slowed, because this can lead to root rot. A good system for determining when to water is to scratch into the soil about 1 inch down, if it is dry then it is time to water. Check your plants about every 7 to 10 days and remember that our homes are often hot and dry in the winter so plants may need to be watered more often.
When you water, make sure the water temperature is not too hot or too cold, just pleasant to the touch. Your plants will appreciate you for this and they’ll drink more of it. Also, it’s important to realize that too much chlorine can harm your plants. You can easily de-chlorinate your water by simply filling the watering can the day before and the chlorine will evaporate overnight.
It’s just natural for a plant to produce a few yellow leaves, its nothing to get alarmed about. This is particularly true if the plant has been moved to a new location. However if it produces a lot of yellow leaves all at once, say five or six, you may be over-watering or the plant may be suffering from a lack of light.
One of the fun things about corn plants is that they are easy to propagate. To create a new plant from an existing one simply lop off the green top, plant it in a new container filled with clean potting soil and water it in. This should be done in the spring or summer when the parent plant is in an active growth stage. Now, I know this sounds drastic, but the old plant will put out new growth where you made the cut.
Dracaena Fragrans Info: Learn How To Grow A Corn Plant
What is a corn plant? Also known as mass cane, dracaena corn plant (Dracaena fragrans) is a well-known indoor plant, especially popular for its beauty and easy growing habit. Dracaena corn plant, which grows happily in a variety of conditions with very little attention, is a favorite of novice gardeners. Let’s learn how to grow a corn plant.
Dracaena Fragrans Info
Dracaena is a large genus with at least 110 species of shrubby plants and trees, including Dracaena fragrans, a slow-growing plant with glossy green, lance-shaped leaves. The leaves may be solid green or variegated, depending on the variety. The size of the plant also varies, ranging from mature heights of 15 to 50 feet (5 to 15 m.), with leaves measuring 7 to 59 inches (18 cm. to1.5 m.).
Native to tropical Africa, dracaena corn plant won’t survive frosty weather, although it is suitable for growing outdoors in the warm climates of USDA plant hardiness zones 10 through 12. Dracaena corn plant has also been recognized by NASA’s Clean Air Study as a plant that aids in removal of indoor pollutants, including xylene, toluene and formaldehyde.
How to Grow a Corn Plant
These tips on basic corn plant care will help get you started in successfully growing a dracaena corn plant.
Dracaena corn plant prefers temperatures between 65 and 70 F. (16-24 C.). Corn plant tolerates full to low light, but performs best in light shade or indirect or filtered sunlight. Too much light will scorch the leaves.
Water as needed to keep the potting soil evenly moist, as excessively dry soil causes the leaf tips to turn brown and dry. However, beware of overwatering. Slightly dry is better than soggy. Decrease watering during the winter, but never allow the soil to become bone dry. Water your corn plant with non-fluoridated water. Letting the water sit out overnight before watering allows much of the chemicals to evaporate.
Fertilize Dracaena corn plant monthly during spring and summer using an all-purpose liquid fertilizer for indoor plants. Don’t fertilize the plant in fall and winter.
Summary: Dracaena Massangeana fragrans corn plant, grown in many forms, usually multiple plants of staggered heights, hardy indoors when acclimated.
Fragrans is the solid green variety of Dracaena family we often call the corn plant or cornstalk dracaena.
Some of its other common names include mass cane or Massangeana cane. The fragrans flower gave the plant its name from the sweet-smelling fragrant flowers it occasionally produced.
The different forms and cultivars such as Dracaena Michiko (deremensis sport), Dracaena reflexa (Pleomele) and Dracaena sanderiana make the dracaena plant one of the most popular groups of houseplants grown today.
Learn more about the popular dracaena types for use as houseplants.
They are also among the best of all interior plants. Here is what one interior plant professional said about Dracaena fragrans Massangeana.
Interior Landscape Magazine
No one can argue the fact that, once this plant (Dracaena fragrans ‘Massangeana’) is fully acclimated and hardened off, there are few studier choices in its height range, especially for low-light settings.
Old-Time Indoor Corn Plant
In Europe, back in the 1700s the Dracaena Massangeana made its mark as an indoor plant, along with the Kentia palm, cast-iron plants (Aspidistra) and what we know as the “Boston fern”.
During the early 1900s, Dracaena Massangeana fragrans made its way onto the plant scene in the United States.
One of the most famous dracaena varieties of today is the lucky bamboo (dracaena braunii). They make beautiful indoor houseplants.
Origins of Dracaena fragrans
Dracaena fragrans is native to the African region of Upper Guinea, growing in humid, tropical forests. In its native habitat, the plant is frequently, but not always, shaded by surrounding vegetation. Fragrans, the species, is completely green with a non-variegated olive green leaf.
Professionals Prefer Dracaena Massangeana: Mass Cane Plant Care
Most plantscape professionals and consumers prefer the more colorful variety Dracaena Massangeana as their house plant. Although there are several varieties, the whole group is commonly called the corn plant.
The “corn plant” gets its common name from its upright growth and graceful leaves which resemble corn foliage.
Dracaena Massangeana is the most popular variety with broad green leaves and central yellow stripe. Massangeana accounts for most of the corn plant production grown and sold.
Corn plant dracaena are grown as:
- Single tip cuttings
- Multiple tip cuttings
- Single cane tree
- Multiple canes of different lengths
- Single branched or treelike canes with multiple heads
Most of the potted corn plants found in the local garden center or nursery are sold in bush form or as staggered canes of varying lengths with multiple heads on each cane. Often three or more canes of differing lengths are planted in a single pot soil. The most popular size produced is a 10″ inch pot mix with cane lengths of 4′, 3′, 2′ feet.
Growing the dracaena as indoor plants using different cane lengths, with each cane having sprouted a new head or heads of foliage, makes Dracaena fragrans excellent as a tall indoor specimen.
Sometimes stock plants are harvested and planted in containers, where they send out multiple heads with new leaves, for an unusual effect. “Branched cane” are also grown in stock farms in Central America and the Caribbean. These branched canes are then “assembled” to make attractive large-container plants.
Dracaena fragrans grows very straight and upright, this gives us a pretty good clue why it is used so much to decorate corners. Coupled with an attractive decorative container makes them an eye-catching duo.
Fragrans along with Dracaena arborea are also used as tall specimens in landscapes outdoors. In countries with a tropical climate, single-cane pieces of Dracaena fragrans are planted to make living fences.
Dracaena fragrans grows very straight and upright, this gives us a pretty good clue why it is used so much to decorate corners.
Dracaenas are one of the many great tall indoor floor houseplants – Details.
Light Requirements & Corn Plants
Dracaena plant care greatly involves lighting. Light requirements at an absolute minimum fragrans should receive 75-foot candles for eight to 12 hours per day. Natural light seems to give Massangeana its best color – bringing out the bright yellow striping.
Plants will do very well in a north window. It is important during the summer months to watch for plants being exposed to the bright western sunlight. When this happens, leaves can become bleached or burned.
If your plant is going to be in any kind of intense light it should be at a minimum, through filtered light. Using a curtain to filter the light works great.
Under lower indirect light levels Dracaena Massangeana may lose some of their bright striping. Old plants of Dracaena Massangeana which have been indoors for a long time look like their striping has faded.
Old corn palm plants in interiors generally develop leaves that are long, stretched, and thin with very little variegation. You can cut corn tree plants back to any desired height if they become unattractive, and new buds will break. Tip cuttings can generally be rooted easily.
Over time indoors the leaves of fragrans will accumulate dust on the upper leaf surfaces – cleaning the leaves on indoor plants and dusting should be done regularly.
Watering Dracaena Massangeana Fragrans
When watering Dracaena Massangeana & fragrans make sure the soil is thoroughly soaked and drain off the excess water, which is why it’s important to plant them on a well-drained soil. The soil should stay moderately dry between waterings. Rainwater is excellent! Cornplants do best if the relative humidity is 40% or more.
I use sub-irrigation for watering my plants indoors or submerge the plant in a 5-gallon bucket until no air bubbles are rising, then drain off all the excess water. Do not over water your fragrans plants to avoid root rot.
Fragrans does very well when the temperature is above 55 degrees. Cold injury can occur as temperatures approach the 40’s, especially if it is windy. High temperatures can also contribute to leaf burn. Protect the plants from exposure to wind and cold.
In hot weather the leaves of fragrans will twists its leaves sideways in its effort to reduce the leaves exposure to sun. When things “cool down” the leaves return to their normal pattern.
Chilling injury can occur somewhere between 35 and 50 degrees It also depends on the amount of wind that comes with the cold. Cold injury will appear as light gray or brown leaf margins.
A plant injured from cold does not mean – it will die. Cold damage shows up quickly on fragrans. Do not start trimming leaves right away. Allow the plant to recover first.
You may cut off more foliage than necessary or not enough. Let all of the damage show up before you start trimming, this could take as long as two weeks.
Indoors, I would generally discourage the use of fertilizer. You’ll hear me say this over and over again. Dracaenas are very sensitive to excess fluoride and boron.
They most likely get this “excess” fluoride and boron from fertilizer. The cornstalk plant can burn rather easily when either of these two elements get out of balance.
Brown Tips are generally the sign of a fluoride problem!
What Does Fluoride Do To Dracaena?
Fluoride accumulation prevents proper closing of the stomates (the openings in the leaves which help them “breathe”) and the result – tip burn.
Plants growing in the nursery, have stored plenty of nutrients within the cane to sustain the plant for a long time. As a Dracaena acclimates to their new indoor environment, their food requirements are greatly reduced since the metabolism of the plant is slowing down.
There are a few other fragrans varieties produced but not in very large numbers. The culture is basically the same although the varieties of Santa Rosa and Lindenii will usually require more light to maintain good color. Basically they are “reverse” Massangeana with less chlorophyll in the leaves.
All of the varieties of Dracaena fragrans are wonderful indoor performers and have proven themselves over and over again. There is hardly a home that could not use the true tropical beauty the time tested Dracaena fragrans and/or Massangeana plant.