Re: Corn plant (Dracaena Massangeana) problems

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Posted by Newt on March 18, 2003 at 21:17:39:

In Reply to: Re: Corn plant (Dracaena Massangeana) problems posted by I. Bloom on March 18, 2003 at 09:36:11:

: Newt,

: Thank you SO much for your detailed reply!

: Regarding the pot, part of the problem is that this plant was in a sort of gift basket that was definitely not designed for long-term use. I went to a nursery to buy the pot, and this was the size they recommended. The pot does appear to be a 12" pot, and the plant is about 20" tall ABOVE the soil; there are a few inches of height below the soil level, too, since I worried when potting it that it would tip over from its own weight. The plant is so tall that my non-plant expert instincts feel odd putting it in a pot that is only 8" tall, but of course, I am a rank amateur when it comes to plants.

: I will start watering more often and see how it goes. I will also add just a little milk to the water.

: Thank you so much for all your suggestions!

: Irith (Eereet)

Hi Irith,

You are so very welcome. Now that I am reading again, you may also have the plant too deep in the pot. If you don't see any improvement in a couple of weeks, I would suggest repotting and putting the plant higher in the pot. If you water after planting, gently press down on the soil and place somewhere where it won't need to be moved until the roots can become settled and anchor the plant into the pot, it should be fine and not tip over.

Best of luck,
Newt

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