'corn plant' indoors - Knowledgebase Question

Name: Beth Marks
phoenix, Ar
Question by bmarks03
February 4, 2011
My corn plant is 8 feet tall and beautiful. It gets flourescent lighting and is in the bathroom. All of a sudden, it has sprouted something out of the top. Do they flower? Produce Corn Smiling almost looks like something you would see growing out of a palm tree. Any ideas? Blessings, Beth


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Answer from NGA
February 4, 2011

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Dracaena fragrans 'Massangeana' is the botanical name of your corn plant and, yes, it will flower when it is happy. Apparently yours is quite happy - congratulations! The flower stalks emerge out of the center of the leaf whorl and will grow to sometimes 3 feet in length, arching to the ground. In the evening the plant gives off a sweet fragrance that is noticeable for hundreds of feet. The flowers will last about 2 weeks. When they begin to shrivel up and die (or sooner if you'd like), you can prune off the flower stalks. When your plant has finished flowering it will begin to branch out, producing new growth at the base of the flowering stem. Enjoy your corn plant!

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