Why Is My Candy Corn Plant Dying? Tips for Rescuing Your Dying Cuphea micropetala Plant

A vibrantly colored, bold and vivacious blooming plant that will grow as a vine or as a bush, is easy to care for, and is hardy in virtually all weather, the candy corn plant is a perfect houseplant for almost any home.

Thus, if you have been noticing signs of a dying Cuphea micropetala, it is no wonder you are here, in distress, wondering if you can save it.

Fortunately, with this plant, the answer is a resounding yes! Unless the plant is dead, you are most likely going to be able to save it.

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A Candy Corn Plant Is a Great Choice for Your Home or Office

A Candy Corn Plant Is a Great Choice for Your Home or Office 

With tubular red flowers that end in yellow tips and sprout out from their vines, the candy corn plant is a lovely addition to your home or office. It will clean the air for you by absorbing toxins during the day and breathing out oxygen at night.

It also brings positive feng shui energy into your home as it is a relative of the coffee tree. And it will bring happy vibes into your space with its bright colors.

You can create a tropical vibe by surrounding it with other brightly colored plants or let it climb up a brick wall in your large kitchen or workspace. You can’t go wrong with this plant in any brightly lit room.

Signs of a Dying Candy Corn Plant

The most common signs of a dying candy corn plant include:

  • Crispy leaves
  • Yellow leaves
  • Brown spots on leaves
  • Mushy stems and leaves
  • Soggy soil
  • Visible pests
  • Lackluster color

Common Causes of a Dying Candy Corn Plant

Common causes of a dying candy corn plant are most likely to be:

  • Too much sun
  • Not enough water
  • Too much water
  • Not enough sun

Watering Needs of a Candy Corn Plant

The candy corn plant calls for regular watering, but it is drought tolerant, so if you err, you are much better off underwatering than overwatering. Overwatering can cause root rot and ultimate death. Take a look at this article on watering mistakes that might be killing your plant.

With a warm weather plant like this one that is native to Mexico, you want to ensure it has the moisture it needs without overdoing it.

Am I Underwatering My Candy Corn Plant?

Chances are slim that you are underwatering this plant unless you have just been neglecting it entirely. But if you do notice curling or crisping leaves, that is a sign of underwatering.

Restoring Water to Your Underwatered Candy Corn Plant

If the soil has been underwatered, it will start to dry out and may even become tightly packed. If this happens, simply run water through the plant until it is fully drenched.

If the soil won’t hold water and loosen up, you can repot the plant in fresh soil and start again.

Am I Overwatering My Candy Corn Plant?

In terms of watering, you are much more likely to be overwatering than underwatering, and you will see signs like mushy stems and leaves and soggy soil.

Restoring Balance to Your Overwatered Candy Corn Plant

A quick fix to a lightly overwatered plant is to move it into the sun until the soil dries out a bit. If you have developed root rot, however, you will need to pull the root ball, cut away any mushy stems, and place the root ball on a screen in the sun until it dries out. Then repot the root ball in fresh, well-draining soil and start over.

Soil Needs of a Candy Corn Plant

Your candy corn will thrive in light, airy, indoor houseplant soil. Be sure you have a big enough pot and room for the roots to spread out.

Soil Drainage Needs for a Candy Corn Plant

If you notice that your plant seems to be holding water or sitting in soggy soil, pull the root ball up, remove the wet soil, and place pebbles in the bottom of the pot. You can also mix the soil with orchid bark to keep it light and airy.

Resolving Soil Drainage Issues for a Candy Corn Plant

Pot the plant in a container with plenty of holes and be sure it sits up off the ground, so water does not collect on the bottom.

Lighting Needs of a Candy Corn Plant

The Cuphea micropetala needs plenty of bright, indirect sunlight and even some direct sunlight to have all its needs met.

Resolving Lighting Issues for a Candy Corn Plant

If you notice the leaves or blooms crisping or burning, you can move the plant away from the sun, and if you notice the colors of the plant lacking in vibrancy or starting to wilt, move it closer to the sun.

It may take a few tries to find the perfect location. Just have patience and stick with it.

Pests or Diseases that Can Cause Issues with a Candy Corn Plant

Fortunately, the candy corn plant is not particularly prone to disease or pests, but you may find the occasional aphid infestation. If you do, simply spray them off with water, or spray your plant liberally with neem oil to both remove and prevent these annoying pests.

Fake Candy Corn Plants May Be an Additional Consideration

Fake Candy Corn Plants May Be an Additional Consideration 

Finally, if you find you simply cannot keep up with the needs of this plant, or if you just don’t have the time or the energy for live plants, don’t hesitate to invest in a fake candy corn plant. Today, you can find high quality, real-looking plants to occupy your home that still bring the bulk of the benefits you would get from a live plant.

If you’re worried a fake plant will not be trendy, check out my article on whether artificial plants and flowers are tacky.

What are your thoughts on the candy corn plant? Have you brought one back to life? What tricks worked for you? Let me know in the comments. I love to hear from my readers!

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