Growing Corn Plants from Seeds
Corn plants, also known as Dracaena fragrans massangeana, are popular houseplants due to their attractive foliage and easy care. Although corn plants can be propagated from cuttings, growing from seed is a great way to add variety in size and shape to your collection. Here’s an overview of the process for how to propagate a corn plant using seeds:
Before starting the propagation process you will need some supplies including soil mix, pots or trays, planting containers with drainage holes or no-drainage potting media such as vermiculite or peat moss. Additionally you will need a light source such as grow lights or fluorescent tubes and either plastic domes or humidity tents for maintaining adequate moisture levels during germination. You should also have some patience since it can take anywhere between 2-8 weeks before your new plants emerge!
Preparing The Seed Starting Mix
Once you have all of your supplies ready it’s time to make up the seed starting mix that will help your baby corn plants get off on the right foot. For this purpose use a quality soilless mixture made up of two parts peat moss and one part perlite plus added trace elements like lime powder if desired (to help balance pH) and slow release fertilizer like Osmocote pellets at half strength. Once mixed together dampen well but not soggy prior to seeding so that there is ample moisture available when germination begins.
Sowing The Seeds
Now it’s time for sowing! Place 2-3 grains of viable Dracaena fragrans seeds in each container at least 1cm deep into the moistened soil mix making sure they are covered lightly with additional growing medium once done planting them out evenly across multiple containers (this gives you options when selecting which ones look most promising). If possible label each pot/container with what type/variety of corn plant was used for better organization down the line when choosing which ones look best after emerging from its seeds dormancy state – this step helps ensure a successful result without confusion over what type is contained within each individual planter tray/pot etc..