The mass cane plant is one of the best plants you can add to your collection. It grows to be quite large, all the way up to 6 feet tall, with big, floppy green and yellow variegated leaves that bring in a tropical vibe.
Those leaves are also the reason the plant has the nickname “corn plant” because the leaves resemble stalks of corn. It is called the mass cane plant because the stems of the plant resemble sugar cane.
This plant, with its Latin name, Dracaena massangeana, has been proven to improve air quality, to brighten up your room, and to be easy to care for, making it perfect for your home or office.
Now you just have to figure out where to put it.
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A Mass Cane Plant Is Good for Homes and Offices
Obviously, any pretty plant that you can keep alive will be great for your home or office. Plants in general are excellent for improving mental health, cleaning air, and establishing a nature vibe in your space.
The mass cane plant will add a tropical vibe to your home or office with its sugar cane stalks and large, bright leaves. It is native to Africa, but it does well indoors in North America and other regions across the globe as long as it gets the right lighting, typically near a window where it can get bright sun.
It is easy to care for, even putting up with a significant amount of neglect, making this plant perfect for everyone who loves greenery, including newcomers to the live plant scene.
It has also been shown in studies to remove formaldehyde from the air, as well as benzene, trichloroethylene, and carbon dioxide, all chemicals that contribute to health issues like headaches, respiratory problems, anemia, marrow disease, and kidney disease.
On very rare occasions, the mass cane plant will even produce white flowers, so you can always hope for pretty little blooms to surprise you.
Are Mass Cane Plants Good for the Feng Shui Flow of a Room?
The practice of feng shui is all about establishing energetics balance in a room and throughout a home or office.
The mass cane plant is said to symbolize perseverance and knowledge of our inner selves, and because the plant has a large, vivid green leaves in abundance, this plant is a symbol of luck, as well.
To enhance the plant’s symbolic qualities, consider placing it close to your meditation spot or where you work on your finances.
To learn more about establishing Feng Shui and flow in your home or office, check out the master class article on how to use Feng Shui.
Are Mass Cane Plants Easy to Grow and Maintain?
The mass cane plant is one of the easiest plants you can invest in, and I say invest because you might pay a pretty penny upfront to get this rather large plant into your home.
But the plant is a worthy investment because it’s hard to kill and creates a dramatic and beautiful impression in your home or office.
How Do Mass Cane Plants Grow?
Typically, mass cane plants are sold already well-established, but if you have a friend with a mass cane plant, or you already have a mass cane plant and you’d like to grow another one, this plant can propagate from stem cuttings.
If you are going to propagate from stem cuttings, be sure to do it in the spring or summer when the parent plant is strong enough to handle the cuts and is actively replacing them.
To propagate, pick a good stem with a few buds on it, cut off at least 3 inches just below the horizontal groove. Place the new cutting in a new pot of soil (make sure the buds stay above the dirt), and water the stem.
As an option, you can dip the cutting end before you plant it in rooting hormone powder to give your new plant a boost.
What Kind of Soil Does a Mass Cane Plant Need?
The best potting mix for a mass cane plant is a loose potting soil with good drainage.
Again, this is a very low maintenance plant, so you can just pick out a standard potting mix for house plants. You can also add peat moss to your soil, which will add organic matter and aid in drainage.
How Much Light Does a Mass Cane Plant Need?
The mass cane plant is eager for bright light, so place it close enough to a window to get light all day long.
Be mindful that too little light will cause the leaves to narrow and lose their color variegation, as well as stunt the plant’s growth.
Conversely, too much light can cause discoloration of the leaves, so don’t treat this beauty like an outdoor plant.
How Much Water Does a Mass Cane Plant Need?
If you provide sufficient bright light to your plant, you will likely need to water it once a week. If you have it in lower light locations, you may need to water it less frequently.
The corn plant does not require a lot of water, so allow the soil to dry out a bit in between waterings to avoid root rot.
Take a look at this article on watering mistakes you’re making that are killing your plants for more tips.
Other Conditions that Are Important to a Mass Cane Plant
It is also helpful to note that the mass cane plant thrives as a root-bound plant, but it will outgrow its pot on its way to that healthy, 6-foot height.
When you notice the roots starting to come up out of the soil and grow out of the pot, you know it’s time to repot your plant.
Mass Cane Plant Decorating Ideas
Both for decorating and care and maintenance reasons, place this plant near a window with north-facing sun.
Prepare for it to take up a ton of space – remember it’s 6 feet tall with huge, green leaves.
Think of this plant as a centerpiece, a conversation starter. Give it a nice big, beautiful clay pot to sit in with a saucer at the bottom.
Do Fake Mass Cane Plants Look Real?
Fortunately, today’s market for artificial plants is thriving, so you can find a great fake mass cane plant that looks exactly like the real thing.
If you struggle to keep plants alive, and you’re worried about investing money in this plant only to lose it, you can always start out with a fake one instead. Don’t worry about whether artificial plants and flowers are tacky. I can assure you that a well-made mass cane plant will be almost indistinguishable from a live one. https://www.myalmostgreenthumb.com/answered-are-artificial-plants-and-flowers-tacky/
Remember, this is a really hard to kill plant, so if you’re going to take your chance on any beginning plant, the mass cane plant is a great place to start.
For a tropical vibe and an excellent focal point, choose the mass cane plant for your home or office.
Have you invested in a mass cane plant recently? Or have you been keeping one in your home or office for the long-haul? What tips and tricks do you have for care and maintenance and decorating with a mass cane plant? Leave them in the comments below.