Dracaena fragrans Massangeana is also called the corn plant or the Happy Plant because of it’s easy care nature and the zesty freshness of the yellow and green strappy leaves that brighten up home or office interiors, whilst filtering toxins from the atmosphere so you breathe easier.
Temperature : Prefers moderate weather. 18° C during the day and 13° C at night
Lighting preference: The Dracaena enjoys a light spot with morning or evening sun. But Avoid Direct Sunlight .
Rotate dracaenas weekly so that they don’t grow toward the light, become one sided, and lose their beautiful shape..
Preferred Location : The Dracaena thrives well in half shade and needs a maximum of 2 to 3 hours of sunlight per day. The Dracaena prefers a window on the north, 3 to 4 meters with a window on the east or west and 4 to 5 meters with a window on the south. The more colored Dracaenas such as the Lemon Lime or the Song of India prefer slightly more light.
Electrical lighting: ideal for homes or growing in offices and other commercial buildings.
Irrigation of water : Only When Top Of Soil Gets Dry . Too much water can make its root decay. It will tolerate irregular watering rhythms and dry soil much better than too much water.
Dark brown tips usually indicate the following: too much chlorine or fluoride in the water, water is too salty (never use water that has passed through a softener), or too much plant food. Muddy brown leaf tips on new growth means the plant needs more water.
If a Dracaena gets discolored leaves, this is probably due to too much water. If there are spots or brown edges on the leaves, the cause is too much light. Curled leaves indicate drought, if you notice this, the plant has been dry for too long in the past or this is the case when you see this.
Humidity : A medium humid environment. Only spray the Dracaena occasionally to remove dust from the leaves and prevent vermin. Spraying also promotes the quality and decorative value of the houseplant.
Fertilization and feeding: Fertilization and feeding :The Dracaena does not need much nutrition. After purchase, the Dracaena can still be without food for months. Give food only in the spring or summer. Never give too much this can lead to burning of the roots. Check the package for the correct dosage.
Flowering : Dracaena rarely flower, when they do, I recommend immediately cutting off the flowers. Allowing the flowers to stay on the plant may distort the growth pattern of the plant and ruin its shape.
Soil : Use a good, loose houseplant soil that drains quickly.
Toxicity : The Dracaena is a slightly poisonous plant. Eating leaves from some of our four-legged friends can lead to stomach problems.
Pot Size : It is best to repot a Dracaena once every two years in a larger pot. The best period for repotting is spring or immediately after the plant has been purchased. A larger pot will stimulate growth and the advantage is a larger buffer soil so that the water is spread more and there is less chance of root rot. Always take a pot that is 20 to 25% larger and do not use Hydro pellets on the bottom of the pot. It is best to use a plastic insert cover for large pots.
Diseases :With the thicker and fuller plants, occasionally look at the leaves and stems to see if there are any pests there. Common diseases are shield or aphid. Mealybugs can also occur due to drafts on the plant. Use a biological “or if desired” a chemical pesticide to treat the plants.
Air Purification : The Dracaena is not only a great indoor plant to see, it is also one of the most air-purifying indoor plants that exist. The plant removes various substances such as trichloroethylene, benzene and formaldehyde. Dracaena has even been named one of the most air-purifying houseplants on behalf of NASA.