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Everything about the Corn Plant

Corn plant

Common Name: Dracaena, false palm

Latin Name: Dracaena fragrans

Family: Asparagaceae

Plant Time: Spring

Mature Size: outdoors: 15–50 ft. tall, 3–10 ft. wide; in pots: up to 6 ft. tall

Sun Preference: Partial sun

Soil Preference: Moist, well-draining soil with Acidic pH levels (6.1 - 6.5)

Bloom Time: late fall or spring

Flower Color: White, yellow

Native Area: Africa

Toxicity: Toxic to pets

Growth Rate: -

Wildlife Value: -

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Welcome to the lush world of Dracaena fragrans, commonly known as the Corn plant. This elegant botanical gem boasts both beauty and resilience, making it a favorite among indoor plant enthusiasts. Like many other wonderful, hailing from Africa, its sleek stems and vibrant green foliage bring a touch of nature indoors.

With its signature resemblance to a cornstalk, this plant adds a unique charm to any space. Even for those without green thumbs, taking care of the Corn plant is a breeze, as it thrives in low light conditions and forgives occasional lapses in watering.

Common Racaena varieties:

  • Limelight Dracaena (Dracaena fragrans ‘Limelight’)
  • Lemon Surprise Dracaena (Dracaena fragrans ‘Lemon Surprise’)
  • Lucky Bamboo (Dracaena sanderiana)
  • Dracaena Lisa (Dracaena fragrans ‘Lisa’)
  • Corn Plant (Dracaena fragrans)
  • Braun’s Dracaena (Dracaena braunii)


It’s important to give your corn plant the essential environmental factors to keep it happy. Otherwise you’re going to notice yellow leaves with brown leaftips. It means it is dying and you need to learn how to save your corn plant.

  • Water: Keep the soil consistently damp, but don’t let it get too parched or soggy when your plant is in its active growth phase (spring through fall). Ease up on watering during late fall and winter, but always make sure the soil isn’t bone-dry or drowning in water to prevent any plant problems.
  • Soil: Go for a loose and crumbly potting mix that lets water flow through easily – super important since this plant isn’t a fan of having wet feet.
  • Light: Pop your Corn plant close to a window where it can soak up some soft, filtered sunlight. If it’s stuck in the dark, its leaves can lose their color and growth might slow down. But watch out for those blazing rays – they can scorch and droop the leaves. If you’re thinking of giving it some outdoor time, choose a spot that’s a bit more shaded for the best results.
  • Temperatures: Give your Corn plant a cozy temperature zone between 60-75 F (15-24 C), and try to keep it away from those chillier temps in the 50s F. To make it feel at home, keep the air somewhat moist, around 40-50 percent humidity.


No sweat, propagating Corn plants is a breeze in spring or summer. But if your indoor setup’s on point, you can do it any time. When your plant’s getting too tall for its britches, that’s your cue.

  1. Cut the top just below the leaves, keeping a little bump called a node. Or you can go for an 8-inch piece of stem.
  2. Stick the snipped end in a water jar, and let it chill in a cozy spot with some sunlight.
  3. Once the roots hit an inch, move ’em to damp peat moss.
  4. To up your odds, swap out the water in the jar and maybe use root stuff if you’re planting in soil.


After about two to three years (which is like a leaf’s regular lifespan), you might spot the lower leaves on your Corn plant going yellow. Once they start looking less than great, go ahead and pluck them off. If your plant’s outgrowing its spot, no worries—trim the tops of the stems and new leaf buds will pop up right where you snipped.

Common Pests

  • Scales
  • Spider Mites

Frequently Asked Questions

How much sunlight does a dracaena fragrans need?

Your Dracaena Fragrans is all about that medium to bright indirect sunlight vibe, though it’s cool with hanging out in lower light too. If you see brown spots or leaves that look pale and washed out, it’s likely catching too many rays.

How often do you need to water Dracaena fragrans?

Dracaenas aren’t big water drinkers; they’re in their element when the soil’s a bit damp but not soaked. Give them a good drink once a week or every other week, making sure the soil gets a chance to dry out in between.

Should I mist my corn plant?

Yes, these plants like humidity. Misting the leaves every other day is appreciated by them, and it also helps to avoid those browning tips.

What does overwatered corn look like?

The most common signs of overwatering are dropping and yellowing leaves and root rot.

Is sugar water good for Dracaena?

To treat your plant like a VIP, go for room-temperature rainwater or bottled spring water – they’re the top picks. Stay clear of water with sugar or salt though, that’s a no-go for your plant!