Dracaena fragrans "Massangeana" or Corn Plant Dracaena is one of the old fashion houseplants. They have rosettes of glossy, green leaves, broadly striped and banded with light green and yellow down the center. The leaves can reach up to 3 feet (1 m) long by 4 inches (10 cm) wide. When plants are grown in the ground, they can reach about 20 foot tall (over 6 m) but container size controls their growth in pots.
Blooming Time: In the greenhouse, ours flowers in late spring. The flowers are off white and somewhat fragrant.
Culture: Dracaena fragrans "Massangeana" can grow in a wide range of conditions, from full sun to low interior light conditions. They seem to have the best color when grown in about 50% shade. We use a soil mix consisting of 1 part peat moss to 2 parts loam to 1 part sand. The plants are very drought tolerant. Plants should be allowed to dry between waterings. They should be fertilized on a monthly basis during the growing season. Repotting should be done in the spring before new growth starts.
Propagation: Dracaena fragrans "Massangeana" is propagated by cutting off segments of old canes so that they are 3-4 inches long. These are inserted into moist sand until they have rooted and new growth comes from old leaf scars.
Dracaena fragrans "Massangeana" was featured as Plant of the Week April 4-10, 2003.
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