Sick corn plant

serenacJuly 22, 2011

Hi everyone,

I received this corn plant as a house warming gift 6 months ago. I watered it very, very rarely (like once a month) for the first 3-4 months but then it started looking a little droopy so I started it watering it every 2 weeks recently (about 3-4 cups each time). The smallest "stalk" looks really bad but I don't know what to do. Now I'm afraid the other stalks are going in that direction. The color of their leaves are turning lighter and the leaves are curling in and drooping.

I live in Taipei so when no one's home, the apartment can get very warm and muggy but when we're in, the A/C is always on. Would these conditions affect the plant's health?

I haven't had much success in the past with houseplants so my confidence in my abilities is pretty low. Any and all suggestions are very much appreciated!!!

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The soil the plant is standing in looks very compacted. I think it could do with repotting. It doesn't look that bad, to be honest. Just for the moment until it looks thriving again, try and gently break up the topsoil, topdress it with a good houseplant compost, if the soil the depth of a finger down is dry, water it thoroughly by immersing it in the sink, then place it in a bright, not draughty place and see what happens. If an occasional watering only reaches the top of the soil in the put, that's no good to the plant. In these circumstances it needs a thorough drenching.

    Bookmark   July 24, 2011 at 2:53PM
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Thanks Marguerite! The soil is very fine, it almost feels like clay when I water the plant. I will try to break up the topsoil and add compost. Thanks for the advice!

    Bookmark   July 25, 2011 at 10:48AM
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