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Saturday, July 17, 2010

Corn Plant FAQ

Problem
The leaves on my Corn Plant are turning yellow / brown?

Answer
Yellowing and browning of Corn Plants can be for a variety of reasons. If you are overwatering the houseplant the foliage may yellow. Water once every week or two. Allow the soil to slightly dry out in between watering.

In regards to browning, it could be the plant is not receiving enough water or just a normal part of owning a Corn Plant. My Corn Plant will get brown tips and shed some of the lower leaves without any change in care. Seems to be part of its nature. You can also try giving your plant a daily misting. The leaves may brown on the tips if the plant is not receiving enough moisture.


Problem
I broke the top of my Corn plant off. Will new growth start?

Answer
Yes! However, a time frame is unknown. New shoots will either begin from directly below where you cut or from the root.


Problem
There are white spots on my Corn Plant. What are they?

Answer
The white spots could be one of two things. One if you are not using distilled water, the white spots could be from that. If you are using distilled water, then you may have a pest infestation. Spray the plant twice a day with a soapy dishwater mixture for a week. If the spots do not go away, then you may need to go to your local garden center and purchase a more potent pesticide.


Problem
How can I clean / shine my Corn Plants leaves?

Answer (Courtesy of Baton Rouge Gardener DA)
You can use Milk on a soft rag or sponge to clean and polish the leaves about once a month or so.


Problem

My Corn Plants are top heavy and keep falling over.

Answer
Corn Plants have very shallow roots, therefore easily tip over. Stake them up using a small stick and some string. This will help support your Corn Plant and lessen the strain on the roots.


Problem
Do Corn Plants flower?

Answer
Yes! My Corn Plant, which I’ve had for almost 10 years now has never flowered but various readers have shared information with me. You can cut the flower off if you’d like or let it fall off. Some have said the fragrance can be overwhelming at times. I’ve also been told that the flower can release a sticky substance so you may want to put a towel under the plant until its done flowering.


Problem
Can I split my Corn Plant? How do your propagate?

Answer
I have never tried taking cuttings or propagating my Corn Plant, however one reader has said that she had successfully cut off a branch from her plant and soaked in water until roots began to form. Below are a couple Website links with additional information:
Corn Plant: Dracaena
cane cuttings


Problem
Are Corn Plants poisonous?

Answer
Yes. Corn Plants are poisonous if eaten so keep away from pets and children.


Problem
The yellow / white stripe markings on the foliage are no longer there. Why?

Answer
Sometimes when plants receive too much or too little light, their markings will disappear. Adjust your light slightly to see if changes. Many times, the plant is not receiving enough light.


Read the complete Corn Plant Care post for detailed information on how to care for this houseplant.



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