Aim High With This African Houseplant

Corn dracaena, also referred to as luck plant (or corn plant for its stalk-like leaves) can reach heights of 6 feet or more indoors, which makes it striking to utilize within an interior layout. It tolerates low light plus a little fail, also like most other houseplants, helps purify your indoor atmosphere.

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Corn plants have woody stalks and are frequently sold in groups of 3 canes of varying heights. Corn dracaena includes a tall and slim form using a lush look, which makes it great to get a tight corner or a high-traffic area.

In this conventional Los Angeles living room, the plant takes up a little niche at the close of the sofa but gives the impression of a shrub.

Natural environment: Dracaena is found throughout tropical Africa, from Sudan into Mozambique, west to Côte d’Ivoire and south-west Angola; itflowers in its own natural habitat.

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Young corn dracaena plants possess a single unbranched stem with a rosette of leaves. When the growing tip blossoms or is damaged or cut, it branches, producing two or more fresh stalks. While branching increases with subsequent flowering episodes, dracaenas generally don’t blossom as houseplants. It’s possible to encourage branching by pruning.

Varieties: Dracaena fragrans ‘Massangeana’ features a central, broad, lime-green stripe down the middle of the foliage; Dracaena fragrans includes solid green leaves and Dracaena fragrans ‘Lindenii’ includes a dark green stripe down the middle and yellow-green leaves.

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The NASA Clean Air Study discovered that the plant is successful in eliminating indoor pollutants, such as formaldehyde (found in most household objects in the kind of urea-formaldehyde resins, also in cigarette smoke), xylene and toluene.

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How to care for your own corn dracaena:
Temperature: Maintain above 55 degrees Fahrenheit if possible. The plant is happiest at the mid 70s. Lighting: Moderate to low, making dracaenas perfect for corners and hallways. They’ll also be happy in bright indirect sunlight. Water: Moderate; water completely once every seven to 10 days or if the soil is dry to the touch at a thickness of 1 inch. The plant is sensitive to fluoride, so utilize nonfluoridated water. The roots are shallow and located near the canes. Water close to the base of each cane to present the roots. Yellowing or drooping leaves could be a indication of overwatering. Soil: Use a well-draining potting soil. Feeding: Once a month use a liquid fertilizer containing a balanced mix of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. General: Corn dracaena is resistant to many common houseplant pests. If your corn plant will become infected with germs or fleas, spraying a combination of water and dish soap over the plant must resolve the problem. The leaves can become brownish because of lack of water, lack of humidity (usually in heated homes in sunlight) or as much light or sunlight. Attempt to replicate the corn dracaena’s native hot, humid environment (40 percent humidity) by misting corn plants using a spray bottle full of room-temperature water. Alternatively, group corn dracaena with different houseplants, which will also create increased humidity. Caution: Corn dracaena may be poisonous to certain pets if ingested. Watch other plants to eliminate pets

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