Mass Cane (Dracaena Massangeana): Care and Plant Growing Guide (2022)

The mass cane plant, also known as corn plant or Dracaena massangeana, is a popular upright evergreen houseplant in the genus Dracaena. This tropical tree-like flowering plant is a cultivar of Dracaena fragrans species, hence its full scientific name is Dracaena fragrans ‘massangeana’.

The mass cane plant has a leafy crown of long, sword-shaped, arching leaves. Its shiny green leaves have golden-yellow stripes running down the center.

How to Care For Mass Cane Plant – Overview

To care for mass cane plant (Dracaena massangeana) grow it in well-draining potting soil and high humidity. Water the plant when the soil is partially dry. Place the mass cane in a bright room with indirect sunlight. The ideal temperature range is 60°C to 75°F (15°C – 24°C). Fertilize monthly in the growing season.

Mass Cane Plant Information

Mass cane plants are native to Africa, where they can grow to over 50 ft. (15 m) tall. Growing indoors, a potted mass cane tree can grow to between 4 and 6 ft. (1.2 – 1.8 m) tall.

The attractive feature of mass cane plants is their glossy green foliage gracing the top of thick woody stems. Their arching leaves grow up to 3 ft. (1 m) long and up to 4” (12 cm) wide.

Mass cane plants are low-maintenance houseplants that make them popular in homes and offices. Although they thrive in bright light, they also grow well in low-light conditions. With minimal care—even some neglect—Dracaena massangeana canes will grow almost anywhere indoors.

This article is a comprehensive guide to caring for mass cane plants. You will also learn how to resolve any problems with growing Dracaena corn plants indoors.

How to Care for Mass Cane Plant (Dracaena massangeana)

The most important care tips to caring for mass cane plants at home are to give them enough light, water when the top layer of soil is dry, and mist the leaves regularly. To help your cane tree thrive, it’s also crucial to get the soil density right so it has excellent drainage.

Let’s look in more detail at how to make sure your plant thrives in your home or office.

Mass Cane Light Requirements

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Mass cane plant prefers moderate indirect light but can also tolerate low light which can slow its growth

Dracaena massangeana needs moderate bright light, protected from direct sunlight. Light helps the indoor tree-like plant grow well. Mass cane plants will also grow in shaded areas or rooms with little natural sunlight. The best place for a mass cane pot is near an east-facing window.

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You should protect a mass cane plant from strong, direct sunlight. The light and heat from the sun can discolor the beautiful shiny yellow-green foliage. Also, the sun’s rays beating on the plant will cause moisture to evaporate, and the soil will dry out too quickly.

Because mass cane houseplants are tolerant of low light, you can put them in almost any room of the house. You may notice that their growth is slower in low light, and the vibrancy of their leaves can fade. But mass cane plants are excellent bedroom plants, and their love of humidity makes them ideal for growing in bathrooms.

Best Soil for Dracaena Massangeana

Mass cane plants thrive in loose potting soil with excellent drainage. A general potting mix for houseplants is ideal for the corn plant as long as water flows freely. Cane plants don’t like sitting in water so mix in some peat moss to the potting soil. This adds organic matter and helps improve drainage.

When growing mass canes in pots, make sure there are plenty of drainage holes in the bottom. Excess water needs to drain quickly to prevent root rot. If you notice that the soil is too dense, mix in some perlite to let water drain better from the soil. Or, you may need to check that the small indoor tree hasn’t become root bound in the pot.

How to Water Mass Cane Plants

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Water cane plant when the top soil has dried out rather than on a set schedule

Water a mass cane plant as often as the top layer of soil is dry. The frequency of watering depends on the amount of light it gets. In bright light, you may need to water it every week. In shaded areas or low light, water less frequently.

The general rule when it comes to watering is to let the soil moisture levels be your guide. Before watering, poke your finger 1” to 2” (2.5 – 5 cm) into the soil. If the medium is dry, it’s time to water the cane plant. If there’s moisture, wait until it dries more.

The proper plant watering schedule is crucial to the health of your Dracaena massangeana. If you hydrate it too much, leaves will start to yellow, and the tips become brown. Not enough water—your mass cane may show similar symptoms. So, let the soil be your guide and only water when the potting mix is partially dry.

Another watering tip for caring for your mass cane plant is to use distilled, filtered, or rain water. Tap water contains chemicals that can build up in the soil. But if you have to use tap water, let it sit out for 24 hours so the chlorine and other chemicals can evaporate. These chemicals may cause brown tips, weak growth, and, eventually, death.

Temperature Requirements for Mass Cane Indoor Care

The ideal temperature range for Dracaena plants is 60°F to 75°F (15°C – 24°C). So, average room temperatures are ideal for healthy mass cane plant growth. During the night, corn plants can withstand a drop of 50°F (10°C). It is essential to protect mass canes from sudden changes in temperature.

In summer, care for mass cane plants by moving them away from windows where the sun shines directly on them. Also, make sure the Dracaena pot isn’t sitting in cold drafts from open windows or air-conditioning. During winter, protect the houseplants from hot radiators.

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It’s vital to spot the signs when a mass cane plant is suffering in extreme temperatures. Curling leaves or drooping growth are signs you need to find a better location for the plant pot.

You can grow mass cane plants outside as long as the temperature is above 60°F (15°C). Choose a spot in your garden, patio, or deck in dappled light. When the nighttime temperatures drop below 50°F (10°C), it’s time to take your cane tree back indoors.

Mass Cane Plant Humidity Requirements

Dracaena plants need a humidity level of between 40 and 50 percent. Mass cane plants appreciate regular misting that creates extra humidity. You can also wipe leaves with a damp cloth for hydration or grow corn plants close to other house plants to create a humid environment.

Mass cane plants are native to tropical environments where they thrive in high humidity. Although they prefer growing in humid conditions, they will also grow well in average household humidity. If you notice that the plant’s leaves are drooping, you can spray a fine mist on the foliage with some distilled water to revive them.

Mass Cane (Dracaena Massangeana) Flowers

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Dracaena fragrans ‘Massangeana’ rarely flowers when grown as a houseplant

Mass cane plants are flowering tropical tree-like plants. In their native habitat, they produce clusters of pinkish-white flowers that bloom loosely on arching stems. The strongly-scented flowers open in the evening time and look like delicate white spiky blossoms. Mass canes can flower in late fall and late spring.

Unfortunately, it’s rare—if ever—that Dracaena plants flower indoors. Some houseplant owners say that only after years of indoor cultivation, and in the right conditions could a mass cane plant produce flowers. However, the lush, glossy yellow and green foliage makes up for any lack of flowers.

Mass Cane Growth Rate

Growing indoors, mass cane plants are slow growers. It can take many years for them to reach their maximum height of 6 ft. (1.8 m). However, their slow growth means they are ideal for growing indoors. The bushy indoor shrubs will fill a corner of your room without becoming too big for its space.

Fertilizer Needs for Healthy Mass Cane Plant Growth

Fertilize mass cane plants once a month during the growing season and don’t feed during the fall or winter. Use a general balanced household fertilizer and dilute to half of the manufacturer’s instructions. The slow growth of Dracaena massangeana means that they have modest feeding requirements.

Because Dracaena plants aren’t heavy feeders, they can succumb to mineral burn. This happens when excess fertilizer salts build up in the soil. Even if you occasionally apply fertilizers, the plants can show signs of root burn. To promote healthy growth, it’s a good idea to flush the soil every once in a while.

To remove excess mineral salts from houseplant soil, run water through the soil for two to three minutes. Allow all the excess water to drain before putting the plant back in its favorite location.

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If you grow mass cane plants in organically-rich soil, it may not be necessary to apply fertilizer.

It’s also important to remember that too much fertilizer can be a reason why mass cane plants die. So, if you’re unsure about fertilization, apply a diluted fertilizer at half-strength in spring and again in late summer.

How to Propagate Mass Cane Plants

The best time for Dracaena plant propagation is in spring or summer when growth is the most vigorous. Propagating a mass cane plant is straightforward by the stem cutting method. Place the stem directly into an appropriate potting soil mix to grow a new tree.

To propagate a mass cane plant: Cut a healthy stem that is at least 3” (7.5 cm) long that has several little buds on it. Make the cut just under the horizontal line. Place the cutting 1” (2.5 cm) into the soil in a new pot. Water thoroughly and place in a bright spot.

Pruning Mass Cane Plant Leaves

Mass cane plants generally don’t need pruning. The leafy tropical plant has natural bushy growth, and pruning doesn’t speed up growth. The only time you need to prune Dracaena plants is to remove dead, yellowing leaves or to control its height.

To prune your mass cane plant if it’s getting too tall, cut the stems to the required heights. New buds will start to grow at the end of the stem and develop into a new bushy crown of shiny green foliage.

Repotting a Mass Cane Plant

Dracaena cane plants may require repotting every two to three years. Transferring a plant into a larger container with fresh potting soil encourages growth and good health. While repotting, you can check for dead or diseased roots and remove them. Also, a larger pot allows more rooms for roots to grow.

To repot your indoor cane tree, remove the plant and root ball from its pot. Shake off all dirt from around the roots and run water over the roots to rinse them. Gently try to untangle roots if necessary. Prune off any brown, mushy roots. Fill a new, sterile pot, half-full with the appropriate potting soil. Put your mass cane plant in the pot and fill the remaining space with soil. Thoroughly water.

Pests Affecting Indoor Mass Cane Plants

Common pests that can affect mass cane plants are spider mites, mealybugs, scale insects, and thrips. If these pesky bugs attack your plant, you will see signs of infestation under leaves and on stems. Getting rid of mass cane pests is by applying a neem oil solution.

How can you spot the signs of common houseplant pests on Dracaena? Here are a few pests affecting indoor mass cane plants:

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  • Spider mites—These tiny mites are difficult to spot. You may notice spider mite activity by webbing under the leaves and between stems of mass cane plants. Get rid of spider mites by spraying a soap solution on the leaves and wiping with a damp cloth.
  • Mealybugs—These nasty bugs are a type of scale insect that leave a cottony-wool like substance on cane plant leaves and stems. Find out in this article how to get rid of mealybugs on houseplants.
  • Scale—These sap-sucking insects are hard to spot because they look like brown growths on stems. However, they feed on the mass cane plant’s sap and weaken it. Learn how to use rubbing alcohol to get rid of scale insects.
  • Thrips—These minute, slender pests can damage mass cane plant growth and transmit viruses to other houseplants. Find out how to make a homemade neem oil remedy to get rid of thrips and other bugs for good.

Diseases Affecting Indoor Mass Cane Plants

Fungal diseases can affect Dracaena corn plants. The common signs of fungal disease are leaf spots and weak growth due to root rot. The leading causes of fungal-related cane plant diseases are over-watering or letting the roots to sit in water. Allowing soil to dry partially helps prevent fungal diseases.

If you notice signs of fungal diseases, it’s essential to hold back from watering until the soil partially dries. If the soil is especially soggy, try repotting the cane plant and remove any diseased roots. Prune and destroy any cane leaves that have leaf-spots to prevent spreading the fungal disease.

Are Mass Cane Plants Toxic?

Mass cane plants (Dracaena massangeana) are poisonous to cats and dogs. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), signs of pet poisoning due to species of Dracaena plants are vomiting, excessive drooling, and anorexia. (1)

FAQs About Mass Cane Plant Care

Why does mass cane plant leaves have brown tips?

Over-watering is the most common cause of brown tips appearing on mass cane plant leaves. Also, adding too much fertilizer or a buildup of mineral salts can cause tips to turn brown. However, brown tips can also be a sign of low humidity or dry soil.

To find the cause of brown leaf tips, check the soil moisture for evidence of over-watering or under-watering. Adjust your watering schedule as necessary and only water as often as the top layer of soil dries out.

Why are leaves on my mass cane plant turning yellow?

Watering issues are also to blame for Dracaena leaves turning yellow. Roots that sit in soggy soil for too long start to decay and stop nutrients from getting to the leaves. The result is droopy mass cane leaves that turn yellow and fall off.

How to save a mass cane plant that’s dying?

Waterlogged soil is the main reason for Dracaena massangeana plants dying. If necessary, repot your mass cane plant to get rid of the soggy soil and trim off dead foliage and stems. Then, look for signs of houseplant pests and treat as necessary to eliminate the bugs.

If the soil is arid, leaves are drooping, and spider mites are attacking your plant, water thoroughly, and mist the leaves to revive a dying plant. Dry soil conditions and a lack of humidity attract spider mites. Plenty of hydration could bring your plant back to life if a lack of moisture caused growth to stop.

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FAQs

Mass Cane (Dracaena Massangeana): Care and Plant Growing Guide? ›

To care for mass cane plant (Dracaena massangeana) grow it in well-draining potting soil and high humidity. Water the plant when the soil is partially dry. Place the mass cane in a bright room with indirect sunlight. The ideal temperature range is 60°C to 75°F (15°C – 24°C).

Is mass cane an indoor plant? ›

Indoors, the Mass Cane plant thrives in bright to moderate light. However, if the light is too low, the leaves will narrow, lose their color variegation, and stunt the plant's growth. Remember that Massangeana appears to have the most fabulous color in natural light, bringing out the vivid yellow striping.

Where should you place a mass cane plant? ›

Mass cane tolerates a wide variety of indoor light conditions, but ideally, it thrives in an area with bright, indirect sunlight. Moderate bright light will provide all this plant needs to grow and produce healthy-looking leaves. Placing it on a porch or near an eastern-facing window is best.

How often should you water a Dracaena mass cane? ›

To care for a Mass Cane plant provide rich well-draining potting soil and bright indirect light. Water once the soil becomes dry to the touch and provide a temperature between 64-75°F (18-24°C). 40-50% humidity is sufficient.

Should I cut brown leaves off mass cane? ›

Pruning Mass Cane Plant Leaves

Mass cane plants generally don't need pruning. The leafy tropical plant has natural bushy growth, and pruning doesn't speed up growth. The only time you need to prune Dracaena plants is to remove dead, yellowing leaves or to control its height.

Can I cut the top off my Dracaena plant? ›

The good news is that pruning dracaena plants isn't difficult. These sturdy plants tolerate trims with little complaint, and you can cut back a dracaena to any height you like.

Can I put my mass cane plant outside? ›

Although mass canes are adapted to indoor conditions, you can grow them outside when the ground reaches 65 degrees Fahrenheit. Mass canes burn if exposed to direct sunlight, however, so provide them only with indirect sunlight or part shade. Their full color won't develop if they get too much sun.

Does mass cane plant need fertilizer? ›

The Mass Cane is a slow grower so it doesn't need tons of fertilizer. To keep the leaves brightly colored though, you will need to feed your plant during the growing season between spring and summer.

Why are the tips of my mass cane leaves turning brown? ›

Although dracaena can take low light conditions, they do best when placed in bright but indirect light. Try to avoid placing them in full sun as it will burn the leaves. The problem you are experiencing is probably due to inconsistent watering. If the soil dries out too much the tips of the leaves will turn brown.

Should I mist my dracaena? ›

Water: Dracaena require less water than most indoor plants. Keep them hydrated by misting the leaves with water and keeping the soil lightly misted (never soggy) as well with good drainage. Always allow the top soil to dry out before watering. Do not overwater, as it may cause root rot.

Should I cut the brown tips off my corn plant? ›

Yes, if your corn Plant has brown tips, you can safely remove these. The best way to do this is to cut off most of the brown tip, but leave a thin margin of brown, without cutting into the healthy tissue. If you do cut into healthy tissue, it is likely that the brown tip will recur in time.

What does an overwatered Dracaena look like? ›

Overwatering is the most common cause for Dracaena leaves to turn yellow. Leaves of the dracaena lose their green color and turn pale. They lose their crisp, semi-rigid bearing and start feeling soft and limp. Instead of reaching for the sky, they droop down and sag towards the floor.

Should I cut the brown tips off my dracaena? ›

Should I Cut Brown Tips Off Dracaena Plants? The choice is entirely up to you if you want to cut the brown tips off your Dracaena Plant. These unsightly Dracaena leaf tips are just as useless as they look. Brown tips are dead plant material and can be cut off with a clean, sharp pair of scissors.

How long do dracaena plants live? ›

The Dracaena Marginata is one of the most popular home plants since it is very easy to care for and its tropical appearance integrates well in modern environments. With proper care, it has a great lifespan, living up to a decade in a pot, and it has an even longer life expectancy outdoors.

How do you make a dracaena bushier? ›

The best ways to make your Dracaena look fuller and bushier is to plant more than one Dracaena in the same pot or to encourage the canes to branch. You can encourage branching by pruning the cane since this prompts the plant to produce new stems at the node directly below where you cut it.

What is Dracaena plant good for? ›

Dracaena is one of the most effective houseplants in air purification. It helps remove formaldehyde, benzene, trichloroethylene and carbon dioxide. These are chemicals linked with several health problems among them headaches, respiratory problems, anemia, marrow disease, kidney disease among others.

Can Dracaena grow in shade? ›

Most dracaena do best with a lot of indirect light but not too much shade. Make sure your plant gets enough water but avoid standing water. It should be somewhere with soil that drains well. Use a basic fertilizer every couple weeks during the growing season to encourage more growth.

Can you cut a mass cane plant? ›

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Does mass cane purify air? ›

Mass Cane (Dracaena Massangeana)

Another air-purifying powerhouse, the mass cane, can remove up to 70% of airborne formaldehyde. These low-maintenance plants resemble palm trees a lot, which is why they are sometimes called “false palms.”

Is mass cane toxic? ›

Affected cats may also have dilated pupils. Dieffenbachia (commonly known as dumb cane, tropic snow, and exotica) is toxic to dogs and cats. Dieffenbachia contains a chemical that is a poisonous deterrent to animals. If this plant is ingested, oral irritation can occur, especially on the tongue and lips.

Why is my Dracaena plant dying? ›

Key Takeaways: Usually the reasons for a dying dracaena are overwatering and poor drainage. Dracaena plants need good drainage and do not tolerate, consistently damp soil, boggy soil. If the soil is too damp the dracaena leaves turn yellow with a drooping and dying appearance, due to root rot.

How do you fertilize a mass cane? ›

How to Fertilize a Mass Cane
  1. Create a fertilizer solution containing 1 teaspoon of 5-10-5 fertilizer and 1 gallon of distilled water or rainwater. ...
  2. Water the mass cane with the solution once a month. ...
  3. Flush excess fertilizer salts from the soil twice during the growing season.

How do you save a dying Dracaena? ›

Reviving A Dracaena That Hasn't Had Enough Water
  1. Take the Draceana out of its drip tray or saucer.
  2. Fill the basin with water and place the plant in it.
  3. Fill the basin with water until it reaches halfway up the pot's side.
  4. Allow the Dracaena to soak in the water for at least 30 minutes.

Can you water dracaena with tap water? ›

Can I water my Dracaena Marginata with tap water? Dracaena Marginata can be sensitive to high fluoride levels in tap water, so it's often best to use distilled, filtered, or rainwater if at all possible.

Does a dracaena plant flower? ›

Most of the time you find Dracaena fragrans or dracaena deremensis flowering it will be on very mature plants. Plants usually grow more than 6′ feet tall. The flower stalks emerge out of the center of the leaf whorl and will grow to sometimes 3′ feet in length arching to the ground.

How many times a week should I water a dracaena? ›

In the growing seasons, spring and summer, you should water the Dracaena every 2-4 weeks, depending on the moisture levels of the soil. In the slower months, you should water the Dracaena every 4 weeks. Make sure the soil dried out completely when you do so.

Do corn plants like coffee grounds? ›

Also, backyard sweet corn needs plenty of nitrogen, so use a soil amendment that can increase this nutrient in your soil. Compost, coffee grounds, or an organic fertilizer works perfectly.

How do I get my corn plant to branch? ›

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How can I make my corn plant taller? ›

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Can mass cane be outside? ›

Although mass canes are adapted to indoor conditions, you can grow them outside when the ground reaches 65 degrees Fahrenheit. Mass canes burn if exposed to direct sunlight, however, so provide them only with indirect sunlight or part shade. Their full color won't develop if they get too much sun.

Does mass cane purify air? ›

Mass Cane (Dracaena Massangeana)

Another air-purifying powerhouse, the mass cane, can remove up to 70% of airborne formaldehyde. These low-maintenance plants resemble palm trees a lot, which is why they are sometimes called “false palms.”

Why are the tips of my mass cane leaves turning brown? ›

Although dracaena can take low light conditions, they do best when placed in bright but indirect light. Try to avoid placing them in full sun as it will burn the leaves. The problem you are experiencing is probably due to inconsistent watering. If the soil dries out too much the tips of the leaves will turn brown.

Can dracaena grow in shade? ›

Most dracaena do best with a lot of indirect light but not too much shade. Make sure your plant gets enough water but avoid standing water. It should be somewhere with soil that drains well. Use a basic fertilizer every couple weeks during the growing season to encourage more growth.

Can I keep my dracaena outside in summer? ›

Putting your Dracaenas outside in the summertime can invigorate them by providing more sunlight over a longer time period and increased humidity compared to most indoor environments. Air conditioning and heating systems tend to dry out indoor air, which is not ideal for tropical plants like Dracaenas.

What is dracaena plant good for? ›

Dracaena is one of the most effective houseplants in air purification. It helps remove formaldehyde, benzene, trichloroethylene and carbon dioxide. These are chemicals linked with several health problems among them headaches, respiratory problems, anemia, marrow disease, kidney disease among others.

Is it OK to sleep with plants in your bedroom? ›

It is not bad to sleep with plants in your room because their carbon emissions are less and pose no threat. It's a misconception that the carbon dioxide from plant respiration at night will cause suffocation in your sleep. Plants respire throughout the day and night.

Is it OK to have plants in your bedroom? ›

To help purify the air in your home, consider adding plants. Plants can absorb harmful gases through the pores in their leaves, filtering and cleaning the air you breathe every day. Not only do bedroom plants have many health benefits, but they also add a nice touch of decor and bright energy to any indoor space.

Is Dracaena a good indoor plant? ›

Since it cannot tolerate low light but is not frost hardy, it is often grown indoors. They make excellent houseplants because they are drought tolerant and among the more forgiving dracaena plants.

Should I cut the brown tips off my Dracaena? ›

Should I Cut Brown Tips Off Dracaena Plants? The choice is entirely up to you if you want to cut the brown tips off your Dracaena Plant. These unsightly Dracaena leaf tips are just as useless as they look. Brown tips are dead plant material and can be cut off with a clean, sharp pair of scissors.

How do I know if my Dracaena needs water? ›

Water your Dracaena well and allow the top 50-75% of the soil to dry before watering again. Brown tips on the leaves can indicate over watering while numerous yellow leaves mean the plant needs more water. Your Dracaena will do well in average humidity environments, but will appreciate regular misting.

Why is my Dracaena plant dying? ›

Key Takeaways: Usually the reasons for a dying dracaena are overwatering and poor drainage. Dracaena plants need good drainage and do not tolerate, consistently damp soil, boggy soil. If the soil is too damp the dracaena leaves turn yellow with a drooping and dying appearance, due to root rot.

Which plant gives oxygen 24 hours? ›

Aloe Vera

Whenever a list of plants with benefits is made, Aloe Vera tops the charts always. Listed as one of the plants improving the air of NASA, Aloe Vera emits oxygen at night and increases the longevity of your life.

Which plant is the best air purifier? ›

Chrysanthemums (Chrysanthemum morifolium) Florist's chrysanthemums or “mums” are ranked the highest for air purification. They're shown to eliminate common toxins as well as ammonia.

Learn about the different types of Dracaena plants and how to care for them

From all the houseplants you can grow indoors, dracaena species are some of the most shade-tolerant varieties.. The most popular types of dracaena plants are the Dracaena deremensis ‘Janet Craig,’ with its long, broad green leaves, the ‘Warneckii’ Dracaena with spiky-looking variegated green and cream-colored leaves, the Red-Edged Dracaena marginata with red and green leaves, and the Dracaena reflexa ‘Song of India’ with its pointed yellow and green leaves.. ‘Janet Craig’ Compacta dracaena cultivar is an ideal bedroom plant as it tolerates low light.. As with many dracaena varieties, the ‘Lemon Lime’ plant grows well in low light.. ‘Lemon Surprise’ dracaena plants have stunning variegated foliage in vibrant shades of lime green and darker green center with thin white stripes between them.. ‘Warneckii’ is one of the most popular variegated dragon plant varieties.. With their dark glossy green, lance-shaped leaves, it’s easy to mistake this cane plant for the ‘Janet Craig’ cultivar; However the leaves of Dracaena Lisa are narrower.. Growing in pots indoors, mass cane plants grow between 4 and 6 ft. (1.2 – 1.8 m) tall.. Dracaena reflexa has an upright growth habit with glossy pointed leaves that are arranged spirally on the stems.. Lucky bamboo is a type of dracaena plant with thick light green stems and lanceolate foliage.. Also called the Slender Dragon Tree, the Dracaena arborea has a single straight woody stem with spiky foliage growing at the top.. Dracaena trifasciata is a stemless type of dracaena plant with long thick variegated sword-shaped leaves.. Here is a brief care guide for growing plants from the Dracaena species:

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This tropical hanging basket plant goes by the common names Satin Pothos, Silver Pothos, Philodendron Silver, and Silver Vine.. Scindapsus pictus ‘Exotica’ is a tropical vining plant with gray and green variegated leaves. Growing indoors, Scindapsus pictus ‘Exotica’ vines grow up to 3 ft. (1 m) long.. Although Scindapsus pictus ‘Exotica’ has common names such as Satin Pothos , Silver Pothos, or Philodendron Silver, the plant doesn’t belong to either species.. Ideally, you can grow the Satin Pothos in a hanging basket near a sunny window.. Scindapsus pictus ‘Exotica’ grows well in an indirect light. Grow Scindapsus pictus ‘Exotica’ in fertile, well-draining soil.. Scindapsus pictus ‘Exotica’ has medium humidity needs when growing indoors.. Should you mist Scindapsus pictus ‘Exotica’ plants?. Transfer the rooted pothos cutting to a pot that has fresh potting soil, water well, and put in indirect bright light.. Signs that it’s time to repot a Scindapsus pictus ‘Exotica’ include roots growing out from the pot, slow growth, and water pooling on the soil’s surface.. Root rot occurs when the tropical plant’s roots get waterlogged.. To prevent Scindapsus pictus ‘Exotica’ suffering from root rot, always water the plant when the soil partially dries.. The most common reason for a Silver Pothos dying is root rot.

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If it’s dry, water.. Water when mix is almost dry, then stand pot in water for 30 minutes.. Let mix become dry to the touch between waterings – perhaps monthly.. But indoors is different, so water mix each 2-4 weeks and mist surrounding air to keep them humid.. Keep it out of strong light, keep the air around it moist by misting and water mix weekly.. Fill the saucer with water to just below the top of the pebbles and as the water evaporates, it creates a humid microclimate around the plant.. Water when mix dries out completely – about every two weeks.. Anthurium is tropical and thrives in high humidity, but its water needs are light because it’s prone to root rot.. Water when mix is dry, because indoors they can’t catch the early morning dew they’d get outdoors.. If dry, water.. Keep the mix moist, although you can let it almost dry out in between waterings since it’s prone to fungus gnats.. It comes from rainforests so needs lots of water, but also good drainage so water doesn’t linger about its roots.

The best air purifying plants include the spider plant, snake plant, devil’s ivy, Chinese evergreen, peace lily, bamboo palm, dracaena, Barberton daisy, and weeping fig. Some of these houseplants are safe for cats and dogs and can grow indoors in low light settings such as bedrooms and bathrooms.

But what plants can clean air and remove toxins?. The best air purifying plants include the spider plant, snake plant, devil’s ivy, Chinese evergreen, peace lily, bamboo palm, dracaena, Barberton daisy, and weeping fig.. Some of these houseplants are safe for cats and dogs and can grow indoors in low light settings such as bedrooms and bathrooms.. Here are the best air purifying plants to grow indoors:. Only water this air purifying plant when the soil is dry.. Devil’s Ivy grows best in moderate indoor light conditions so place it in your living room or bedroom near a window to purify your indoor air.. Size 10 ft (trailing) Pet safety Toxic to cats and dogs.Note that devil’s ivy does not remove ammonia and trichloroethylene from indoor air.. You can therefore grow dracaena plants in your house if you don’t have pets and want a small plant that will remove formaldehyde and other organic chemicals.. Weeping figs grow to a height of 3-6ft tall when grown indoors, making them one of the best air purifying indoor trees for homes with limited space.. Pet safety Not safe for pets.Pollutants and toxins weeping fig tree can remove from indoor air include formaldehyde, toluene, and xylene.. The Chinese evergreen plants are best suited to grow in a bedroom or bathroom with low light conditions as they are small in size with big leaves.. Light requirements : indirect sunlight (medium-low light) Watering : once per week Air purification : removes benzene and formaldehyde Toxicity : Toxic to pets. Light requirement: about 6 hours of bright indirect light Watering: once every 1-2 weeks Size: 24-39 inches tall Pet safety: Mildly toxic to pets. However, you cannot use aloe vera alone as an air purifying plant because it only removes formaldehyde and benzene toxins.

Red Leaf Houseplants (Including Plants with Red and Green Leaves)

Some red-leaf houseplants such as Coleus , Caladium , and Anthurium have bright red foliage.. Along with descriptions of the plants’ foliage, you will find great growing tips on where to grow these colorful houseplants .. Some houseplants varieties have stunning bright red leaves.. Caladium is a genus of tropical foliage plants with bi-colored and multicolored leaves in red, green, pink, and white colors.. Even growing in bright light, this Caladium cultivar keeps its pinkish-red colors.. Aglaonema ‘Valentine’ —The large red leaves with green margins and flecked green coloration make this Chinese evergreen an eye-catching colorful tropical houseplant.. Croton plants have beautiful colorful foliage with red, green and yellow leaves.. Many varieties of Croton plants have vibrantly colored leaves in variegated red, green, orange, and yellow colors.. The plant has bright pinkish-red foliage contrasting with yellow and light green colors.. Nerve plants are small tropical houseplants, and some cultivars have dark green leaves and red mosaic patterns.. Apart from red veining, nerve plants can also have white, pink, or light green patterns.. Here are some nerve plant cultivars with green and red leaves:. Many of the thousands of begonia species have red foliage that ranges in colors from dark burgundy red to bright crimson red.

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