Dracaena fragrans 'Massangeana' 10"

Requirements and Care: 

General Instructions

Dracaena Massangeana Cane is a very good low to medium light indoor plant that does not have any exceptional requirements or problems. Keep the water to a minimum unless the plant looks water stressed. A healthy Mass cane plant will have broad yellow and green leaves that hang in an arc from the stem. The bright leaf colors depend heavily on the amount of light the plant is receiving and the age of the leaf. When age or low light are in effect the leaves become more uniformly green. Leaves that are dull or have thin bases indicate a problem with the roots. If these signs are observed, check the soil for wet conditions. Mass cane are very heavy to begin with so a soil probe is the best way to determine water status. If the soil is saturated stop watering and let it dry. The roots will be in the bottom half of the container and so will all of the water. If the soil surface looks dry that does not indicate that the whole of the media is dry.

Insects and Mites

In the nursery, we have observed mealybugs and mites on these plants but very rarely. Mites have been observed very infrequently to the point that it should not be a concern. Mealybugs will be the pest of primary concern, and can be controlled with a systemic insecticide used as a spray or drench. Mechanical removal of mealy bugs is an option on Mass Cane due to the relatively low number of leaves. Mealy bugs hide themselves well so look closely. Other plant pests, such as thrips, aphids and scale are not a problem for the Massangeana Cane.

Nutrition

No special nutrition is required if a complete (major and minor nutrients included) foliage plant fertilizer is used. Foliage plant fertilizers have a 3-1-2 ratio of nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium. Start with low fertilizer rates to avoid tip burning. Two tablespoons of dolomite and one tablespoon of top dress Iron per year for a 14" - 7 gallon plant will help to maintain the plant and soil environment for a long term. Scale the dosage accordingly for smaller or larger pots. Exposure to light will help maintain the variegated leaves.