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Name: Nicki Underwood
Windermere, FL (Zone 9b)
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Nickiwood
Jun 14, 2020 2:03 PM CST
Hello everyone. I am newbie when it comes to gardening. I have always had a brown thumb and I am trying to turn it green!

I recently (Thurs. June 11th) bought a Mass Cane and it was absolutely gorgeous when I brought it home - no blemishes. Today when I checked on it, the leaves are starting to become brown on the edges.

I am in Central Florida. I have it outdoors (as I have a cat who likes to nibble on everything) on my patio that gets full sun for a few hours a day and indirect sun the rest of the day.

I have watered it once (yesterday) since bringing it home - approximately 8-12 oz of water. The topsoil was dry to the touch before watering. Today the topsoil is dry again, but I am afraid to water it more, as it may have caused the brown leaves.

I am thinking that it may be the direct sunlight that could have damaged the leaves as well. I have since moved it slightly to hopefully get less direct sunlight.

Any thoughts on what could be causing the brown edges?
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Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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plantladylin
Jun 14, 2020 2:16 PM CST
Hi Nickiwood, Welcome!

Corn Plant (Dracaena fragrans 'Massangeana') prefers partial to dappled shade but the brown leaf edges don't look like sunburn. I'm not certain but I think the issue may be due to the heat drying the plant out quickly. Even though we are quite humid here in Florida with lots of moisture in the air, the soil of container plants will dry out rather quickly at this time of year.

I'm sure others more familiar with growing this as a container plant will be along soon to offer advice.
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Name: Will Creed
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Jun 15, 2020 10:04 AM CST
Your potted Corn Plant was grown under shade in a greenhouse and intended for use indoors in moderately low light. If you have to keep it outside, then it must be protected from any direct sun at any time during the day.
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