The Q&A Archives: Corn plant freeze

Question: I had a corn plant indoors when a winter storm knocked the electricity out for week. I've tried nursing it back to health over the summer. The bottom leaves are still brown. What else can I do for it?

Answer: How sad for your corn plant! I suspect that the lower leaves will drop and the plant will become leggy, but as long as it is putting out new growth, it should continue to grow. The only way to disguise the bare stem is to plant another, smaller corn plant in the same pot. An alternative would be to cut the corn plant down and use the cuttings to make new corn plants. A piece of the stem can be planted and will develop into new plants. So, if you want to sacrifice your original corn plant by cutting it into divisions, you can have a whole potfull of new corn plants. Otherwise, you might just want to plant one or two new plants near the base of your corn plant to hide the bare stem. Good luck with your corn plant.

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