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Quick Plant Care Guides: Corn Plant

Updated on March 21, 2012
How to repot corn plants.
How to repot corn plants.

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How to Repot Corn Plants

Divide corn plants (Dracaena fragrans) in spring. A good time to pot is every three years, or when the roots have outgrown their pot.This plant prefers to be root bound. Provide it with quick draining soil to prevent soggy roots.

Use a quality worm casting compost tea when you water. Allow the plants’ soil to dry out slightly between watering. Prevent root damage when repotting by packing the potting soil carefully with your fingers. Too much pressure will damage the plant's delicate roots.

Remove the corn plant from its pot. Tap the sides gently to loosen the roots.

Tease the plant's roots apart carefully. This will remove old soil and allow a closer look for problems. Look for rotted roots or insect activity.

Check the roots for signs of rot, damage or insects. Remove any damaged areas with a clean pair of scissors.

Add enough fast-draining soil to the new pot to fill it so the top of the corn plants roots reach one inch below the pots’ edge. It is helpful to mound the soil in the center for good root distribution.

Water the soil thoroughly to remove air pockets.

Splay the roots over the mounded soil.

Add the remaining soil, packing it gently with your fingers as you go.

Water the soil with fluoride-free water. Fluoride causes unsightly leaf spots on corn plants.

Fertilize with worm casting tea to prevent burning the newly potted plant. Saturate the soil with the tea. Add one pound of worm castings and two teaspoons of unsulphured molasses to five gallons of water to make the tea. Use an aquarium air pump to aerate the tea during storage.


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    • IsadoraPandora profile image

      Jocelyn 5 years ago from Florida, PCB

      Thank you very much! :-)

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      Didge 5 years ago from Southern England

      Very useful hub. Congrats!

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      50 Caliber 7 years ago from Arizona

      Well my Rottys would eat them, you can't put plants in here, cuz the dogs eat anything. I grew 6 wire frames full of tomatoes last summer and they ate more of them than I did, right off the plants and my apple a pear trees drop fruit and the dogs get that as well. They'll eat anything they can reach. You can take a potato peeler and as fast as you can shoot pieces of peels from them, none ever hit the floor. Eat corn on the cob and hand the cob to one of them beggars and they make them disappear right before your eyes. No garbage disposal needed around here at all, LOL peace 50

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      Jocelyn 7 years ago from Florida, PCB


      Were talking about "Dumb Cane"--it is (Dracaena fragrans), a common houseplant. They're really nice to look at as long as you or the pets don't eat them. :) LOL

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      50 Caliber 7 years ago from Arizona

      I know what corn is but are we talking corn or a plant that is a resemblance of corn? peace 50