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Brown Leaves On Corn Plant

Ask the Expert: cornplant leaves turning brown on end/
I HAVE A CORNPLANT THAT IS NOT GROWING LIKE IT SHOULD AND THE END OF THE LEAVES ARE TURNING BROWN WHY – Iris

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  1. Iris

    There are four factor to look for when your Corn plant (Dracaena fragrans massangeana) gets brown leaves.

    Light – Too much light can cause dry burnt patches on the leaves. This is often the caused when corn plant is placed in a bright window where the light can concentrate on one or more of the leaves. It is easy to detect this problem by view the leaves that are opposite of the window. They will be free from brown spots. If this is the case move your houseplant away from the window.

    Water – Too little water will cause brown tips or spots on the leaves. Dracaena fragrans masangeana needs to be kept unevenly moist. If it stays dry for too long the leaves will shows signs of the stress. The root ball needs to be kept moist. Every seven days check the moisture level. The soil should always be moist if you stick your finger an inch into the soil. If the soil is dry give the plant water. The damage leaves will not recover, so trim the brown off.

    Humidity – Low humidity will cause brown tips or yellow edges on the leaves. If this is the problem Mist the air around the plant once or twice a week.

    The fourth issue that can cause problems is too much fluoride or chloride in the water used to water your houseplants. Corn plants are sensitive to fluoride and chloride so you might need to use distilled or rain water to water your plants. If it is only a chloride problem let you water set in an open container overnight and the chloride will dissipate.

    Hope this information is helpful. Please keep me posted. You can find more Corn plant (Dracaena fragrans massangeana) information on our corn plant page.

  2. that is exactly what was happening to my garden crop last summer, i was looking for a solution but i think the neighbor removing a couple of trees it will allow a little more sun light, which will keep the over moister problem

  3. Bob Schoonover says:

    corn plan leaves got frosd bite and brown what do I do

  4. Bob,

    As long as the roots didn’t freeze, you can simply cut off the damaged ones and the plant should start producing new ones. Just be sure not to over-water the plant during this time.

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