Stop Your Corn Plant from Turning Brown on the Tips

Do you have a beautiful corn plant at home, but the tips of its leaves are turning brown? Don’t worry, I’ll explain why this happens and how you can prevent it.

The Beauty of Corn Plants

Corn plants, also known as dracaena, are fantastic houseplants because they require minimal care and can thrive in the low light conditions of our homes and offices. With their woody trunks and strap-like leaves, they add a tropical touch to any space.

Ideal Conditions for Corn Plants

To keep your corn plant healthy, it’s important to provide it with the right conditions. They prefer daytime temperatures of 75 to 80 degrees F (24 to 27 degrees C) and nighttime temperatures of 65 to 70 degrees F (18 to 21 degrees C). Keep the soil consistently moist, but avoid overwatering to prevent root rot. Fertilize your corn plant every six months.

Finding the Balance

One common cause of brown tips on corn plant leaves is inconsistent watering. If the soil dries out too much, the leaf tips will turn brown. On the other hand, overwatering can also cause problems, especially during the slow growth period in winter. A good way to determine when to water your plant is by checking the soil about an inch down. If it’s dry, it’s time to water. Remember to check your plants every 7 to 10 days, as our homes can be hot and dry in winter.

Watering Tips

When watering your corn plant, make sure the water temperature is pleasant to the touch. Hot or cold water can be harmful to your plant. Additionally, be aware that too much chlorine can harm your plants. To de-chlorinate the water, simply fill your watering can the day before and let the chlorine evaporate overnight.

Yellowing Leaves

It’s natural for a few leaves to turn yellow and fall off. This is especially true when the plant is adjusting to a new location. However, if you notice an excessive amount of yellow leaves all at once, around five or six, it may indicate overwatering or a lack of light.

Propagation Tips

One of the fun things about corn plants is that they are easy to propagate. If you want to create a new plant from your existing one, simply cut off the green top and plant it in a new pot with fresh potting soil. Water it in and do this during the spring or summer when the parent plant is in an active growth stage. Don’t worry, the old plant will produce new growth where you made the cut.

By following these tips, you can keep your corn plant looking vibrant and healthy. Remember to provide the right conditions, water consistently but appropriately, and propagate to create even more beautiful plants. Enjoy the tropical beauty of your corn plant!