THE DRACAENA GOLDEN COAST CARE GUIDE
Also known as the corn plant. The corn plant is native to many countries in Western and Eastern Africa.
Drake is tolerant of all types of lighting. Corn plants are known to tolerate low lighting making him a good winter plant. Although tolerant of lower lighting Drake will grow faster in brighter light.
Drake doesn’t need much water to thrive. In the summer give him a weekly water when he’s receiving a lot of sunlight. In the winter water him once every couple of weeks or whenever the first two inches of soil is dry. If Drake is in a sunnier spot he will need watering more often. Drake is very prone to root rot if overwatered. Keep his soil slightly on the drier soil to prevent any excessively wet soil.
Drake doesn’t require a lot of humidity but a regular misting will help his foliage stay fresh.
Drake can tolerate temperatures between 15-29°C. As long as the indoor temperature doesn't dip lower than 12°C Drake will be happy.
Corn plants are slow growing and will only need fertilising a couple of times over the summer months. Avoid fertilising more than twice a year. Do not fertilise in the winter.
Drake is a slower grower and can spend many years in his original pot. He will need repotting around 3-4 years after you get him. He likes good draining soil so make sure to repot with lots of drainage materials mixed in with the soil.
TROUBLESHOOTING YOUR CORN PLANT
Soft bottom trunk/yellow leaves/ brown leaves - These are signs of overwatering. Drake prefers to be on the drier side and he may need to be repotted into fresh dry potting soil. Yellow leaves are also a sign of too much direct sunlight.
Drooping leaves - The drooping leaves are a sign that Drake is not receiving enough light.
Browning tips - The browning tips for the most part is normal. Sometimes it can be a sign of underwatering so it’s worth checking that the soil hasn’t completely dried out.
Browning crispy tips - This could be a bad reaction to salts and chemicals found in tap water.
Losing lower leaves - This is normal to lose lower leaves as Drake gets ready to push out new growth.
OUR TOP 3 CARE TIPS
Top tip 1: He absorbs a lot of light through his leaves. Give his leaves a weekly clean to remove any dust.
Top tip 2: Keep Drake away from any pets or young children as he can be toxic if ingested.
Top tip 3: If constant yellow spots or brown tips appear you should ‘leach’ his soil by running water through the soil to flush out any salt or mineral build up. Wait until the soil dries out and fertilise him. This can be done twice a year.