This is an excellent houseplant that rates above average in all categories. Although it prefers bright light, it can survive in dimly lit areas and works well within a contemporary decor. It is one of the most popular of all houseplants. D. fragrans received its common name because its shiny, medium-green leaves are similar in appearance to those of the corn plant. D. fragrans develops a solid woody stem. Its leave concentrate at the top of each stemp. It will on occasion send up a small spray of fragrant white flowers. Massangeana is the variegated cultivar and the one most commonly found in shops. It can be identified by a broad yellow band down the center of the leaf and is sometimes referred to as a mass cane. Indoors, corn plant can reach a height of 10 feet (3 meters). To stimulate new growth or to rejuvenate an old plant, cut back to about 6 – 8 inches (15 – 20 cm).
Family: Agavaceae (agave)
Origin: Ethiopia, Guinea, Nigeria
Care: Keep soil moist, but not soggy. Feed regularly in spring and summer with liquid fertilizer. Water less often in winter and do not feed. Mist often or wipe leaves with a damp cloth. If brown tips occur, check care and environmental conditions and trim with scissors, taking care to keep tips in their natural shape.
Ideal Temperature: 50-75°F (10-24°C)
Challenges: Susceptible to mealybugs and spider mites in dry, centrally heated air however, very rare.