JUSTIN THE DRACAENA MAGENTA
Also known as the corn plant. The corn plant is native to many countries in Western and Eastern Africa.
Justin 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 Justin will grow faster in brighter light. Lighting-wise Justin pairs perfectly with Drake and Kentia.
Justin 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. Justin is very prone to root rot if overwatered. Let his soil completely dry out before his next watering. Grab our stylish silver and white watering can to help keep him hydrated.
Justin doesn’t require a ton of humidity but we recommend using the perfecting houseplant care mist to keep the foliage fresh.
Justin can tolerate temperatures between 15-29°C. As long as the indoor temperature doesn't dip lower than 12°C Justin will be happy.
Justin 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. Check out our incredible peat free potting mix.
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 Justin is not receiving enough light. Place him in a brighter spot.
Browning crispy tips - This could be a bad reaction to salts and chemicals found in tap water. Use rain or filtered water if possible.
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.
Losing lower leaves - This is normal to lose lower leaves as Justin gets ready to push out new growth.
OUR TOP 3 CARE TIPS
Top tip 1: Use our beautifying leaf shine on his leaves to keep the foliage vibrant and healthy.
Top tip 2: Keep Justin 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.