How to Care for a Massangeana Cane

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Do you want a striking houseplant that needs little care and will even tolerate neglect? The massangeana cane, or corn plant, fits that description. The plant's leaves are its best feature--bright green with a yellow stripe. Plus, it tolerates low light and humidity and it does not need--or want--much watering.

Things You'll Need

  • Distilled water
  • Soft cloth
  • Plant food
  • Plant shears
  • Insecticide
  • Cotton swabs and alcohol
  • Place your massangeana cane in indirect, bright sunlight for optimum growth. Mass canes will tolerate low light, but they will grow very slowly.

  • In hot weather or low humidity, mist the plant daily. Dust the leaves with water and a soft cloth as needed.

  • Water with distilled water. Fluoride, salts and chlorine in tap water can damage the plant's leaves and roots.

  • Water no more than once a week since over-watering can cause the plant's roots to rot.

  • Cut back new growth occasionally to allow the massangeana cane to grow a new top.

  • Feed your mass cane with a commercial plant food about once a month in warm weather.

  • Check your massangeana cane periodically for spider mites, mealy bugs or scale. Treat any infestation with an insecticide spray. For mealy bugs and scale, you can also clean the plant with an alcohol-soaked cotton swab.

  • Watch for these other problem signs: brown edges on leaves (over-watering), scorched spots (too much sun), grayish-brown spots (fungus caused by too much moisture) and droopy leaves or stalks (over- or under-watering).

Tips & Warnings

  • Use a soil meter with a probe to test soil moisture.

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