As we all do, he needs moisture to keep looking fresh. He’ll love a bathroom or a spray with a mister every few days.
Most light conditions
He's happy in anything from light shade to bright, soft light. Keep him out of harsh direct sun.
He’s low maintenance on water. Stick a finger in his soil every week or so and if it comes out dry, time for a drink.
If he’s growing well and you want him to keep getting bigger, consider repotting him every couple of years. Check our guide to repotting.
Corn plant; Massangeana; Janet Craig
Indoor; evergreen shrub
Plant height (including pot)
30-40cm; 80-90cm; 130-140cm
Mildly toxic to pets and people if ingested
Nursery pot size
11cm; 19cm; 24cm
About Corn plants
Native tribes of northern Tanzania and Mt. Kilimanjaro used corn plants to mark sacred sites as far back as 1000 BC. This is a plant deserving of some respect.
While they might grow as high as six metres in the wild, indoors corn plants are more about character than size, providing a bit of tropical flavour even on grey days. If they’re really happy, they might reward you by growing small, white flowers. To keep yours in a good mood, remember: generous with the misting, sparing with the watering. It will also love you if you give it a feed with liquid fertiliser once a month in spring and summer. It will help it grow big and strong.
Rick the corn plant is the same family as Nickand Mick, and requires exactly the same care. He’s just got slightly more showy leaves.
Did you know?
In ancient times, in Africa, corn plants were a symbol of reason and good fortune.