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Referred to as Corn Plant by some people, a few of the dracaenas do resemble corn. The Dracaena Fragrans and Janet Craig look the most like corn plants. Plant care is very similar for most of the dracaenas. That includes Massangeana, Warneckii and the graceful Marginata.
Pictured below is the Dracaena Janet Craig, a commonly used interiorscape plant. See links below for pictures and care of Dracaena Warneckii and Dracaena Marginata.
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A member of the Dracaena family, Janet Craig, or Corn Plant, is one of the more common Dracaena found in homes and interiorscapes. Corn Plant is grown in a variety of forms including the tip, bush and cane. This glossy, dark green plant can be anywhere from one foot tall to twenty feet tall, though it is uncommon to find them at that height except in interior landscapes or the jungle.
Each plant and its environment are unique. Remember this when caring for any of your plants. When watering any indoor plant you need to take into consideration the lighting and local environment in which the plant is placed.
Corn Plant does best in a medium to bright light situation. Keep your Dracaena in bright, filtered light if available. Direct afternoon sun is not recommended but some early morning sun can help keep your Corn plant full and growing.
Corn Plant is often described as a low light plant. I would never recommend putting any plant in very low light unless you have no other option. Any plant in extremely low light will become weak, leggy and unattractive over time. With careful care, Corn Plant can be maintained in low lighting. It is more prone to root rot if overwatered in lower light.
In the right lighting and with proper watering the Janet Craig is a beautiful easy care house plant. Watering guidelines for Dracaena are below.
Watering Your Corn Plant - With a 10" diameter grow pot or larger, you may need to check the soil with a soil probe before you water. In lower to medium light, let dry down about 3/4 the depth of the grow pot. In bright light let the potting media dry down about halfway. See pages on watering your indoor plants and lighting for your plants for guide to keeping all of your houseplants healthy and growing.
Leaf tips that are yellow may indicate overwatering problems. Pale new growth with dying tips, rotting roots and stems, soggy growing media are all signs that you are overwatering Dracaena Janet Craig. This is often not reversible so keep this one more to the dry side. Please do not take that to extremes either!
Remove lower and inner leaves as they yellow. Brown tips and leaf margins should be trimmed with sharp, clean scissors to the natural leaf shape. It is normal for a new plant to shed some of its old foliage when it is moved to a new and different environment. You can expect this to some degree with any new plant. Given the proper care, it should acclimate and become a beautiful, trouble free plant.
Janet Craig is affected by excessive soluble salts (fertilizers) and flouride, which may be present in your water. Symptoms are yellow blotches on the foliage, brown tips and leaf margins. You can help remedy this by leaching the soil and replacing old soil with fresh growing media every year.
Keep your dracaena's foliage clean and initially keep an eye out for insect problems. Mites, mealybug, thrips and scale can sometimes be a problem but a good wash down with soapy water should be sufficient to control these pests. Just make sure you treat as soon as you notice a problem as they can and will damage your plant.
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