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I have a Corn plant problem.
I don’t mean the kind of corn that grows in the Midwest, or that James might reference on his site James and the Giant Corn.
No, I mean Dracaena Fragrans. The problem is I have several, and they all need help.
This guy’s sad, and one of his stalks is dead. Then there’s this guy:
He’s obviously overgrown and dusty. Then, in the kitchen, yet another unhappy Corn plant.
He also has a dead stalk and is very dusty and overgrown.
So what to do? Take ‘em to the back yard, of course, and give them a new lease on life.
If it were summer, I would NOT take these plants outside. They are super sensitive to sunburns. Even in November, I took caution and did my work in the shade.
See the big stalk in the middle? It’s dead. How do I know? I just felt it.
It’s crunchy and the outer casing is loose from the stalk. I yanked it out, along with another dead one, then began pulling the healthy ones out, too.
Lots of healthy stalks to reconfigure.
Those root balls are pretty big, so I trimmed them.
Given the height of Corn plant stalks, it might be surprising for you to know the roots are very small comparatively. That’s important to remember when watering. It does no good to soak the soil – you just want to splash water around the base of the stalk.
Also, keep in mind that Corn plants store water in those big thick stalks, so they require much less water than you would think.
Now what about that dust? Should I pull out my favorite gardening hose and go to town?
Forgive me, I’ll take just about any opportunity to show off my colorful garden hose. I love it!
The answer, by the way, is no. Not necessary. Instead, I simply used a dry cloth to rub the dust off each leaf.
After all the leaves were dusted, I repotted the stalks. (A quick note, I use the words repotting and transplanting interchangeably.) Two of the medium-sized ones went into a 14-inch growers pot. Looks a lot better, right?
I put another one of the stalks in the soil with the big fella from my living room (he was too big to take outside).
Another small stalk went into an 8-inch pot, and I’ll use that for a gift.
So if it’s not obvious, that was a breeze. Repotting should not be a chore. Also, most plant experts would say that November is not the time to repot, but they’ll be fine. They’re indoor plants, afterall, and they’ll adapt to whatever conditions I dictate.
Please let me know if you have any questions about Corn plants or how to repot them. Happy indoor gardening everyone!