Corn Plant Care
Learn All About Corn Plant Care with our Guide
The corn plant hails from tropical Africa and became a popular indoor plant in Europe from the mid-1800s. They are known for healthy glossy leaves atop tall cane stems and are great low maintenance plants. Corn plants prefer filtered sunlight and evenly moist soil.
Caring for your Corn Plant
Corn plants like to receive plenty of light, so aim for a spot near a window that is sheltered from direct sunlight. Too much direct sunlight can cause your corn plant’s leaves to fade or burn. Look out for telltale signs such as dry patches and streaks on the leaves.
Soil & Nutrients
Any well-draining potting soil will suffice for your corn plant. Use a liquid fertiliser monthly during the growing season (May to August).
Corn plants like a moderate amount of water. Allow the top few centimetres of soil to dry out between waterings, and water liberally when you do, ensuring the water drains through the holes at the bottom of its pot. Corn plants are relatively drought tolerant and can be prone to root rot, so be careful not to overwater yours. Sudden loss of leaves is a telltale sign of too much water.
Climate & Humidity
Due to their tropical origins, corn plants like warm and humid conditions and are well suited to a bathroom or kitchen. Avoid exposing your Calathea to cold or dry conditions and consider increasing humidity by misting your plant every day, especially if you are using heating or air conditioning.
The lower leaves of your corn plant may turn yellow after a period of time and this is completely normal. Simply remove any yellow leaves and trim the top of the cane once your plant has reached the desired height.