Good To Grow, Liza's photos, The Plant Lady Chronicles

Nothing! It’s a trick question. The question should’ve been – what’s wrong with the person who takes care of this Dracaena fragrans ‘Corn plant’?

Is that person a little on the lazy side? Not properly trained? Indifferent? Uneducated about Dracaenas?

Probably all of the above. I don’t know who the caretaker is, but one thing I do know is that the poor plant doesn’t need the tape and styrofoam now that it has a permanent home.

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, The Plant Lady Chronicles

The tape and styrofoam are used to secure the Dracaena canes during shipping/traveling, to help keep them stable. The tape is also used to keep the canes from falling out of the pot, as the plant’s roots weren’t developed at the time the plant began its journey. (The canes are cut to varying lengths, capped with wax, then shipped to growers in the U.S., where they can begin rooting and sprouting leaves. The growers then eventually package and ship them around the country.)

Once the plant arrives at its final location, like this doctor’s office, someone is supposed to remove the packaging.

At this point in the plant’s maturity, there is little chance of the canes falling over. If they lean, which can happen, it’s better to use stakes to keep them upright.

If the packing materials are left in place, they end up making the plant look ridiculous. You know, like this one does.


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