Dying corn plants - 2020

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  1. Kayla

    Kayla New Member

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    Hello! … I am hoping for advice. I have had a Mass Cane in my office for about 7-8 months. I don't have a window so I use a grow light and it has done well. The leaves on the right would occasionally die and I would peel them away. Just yesterday I noticed that the stalk for those leaves is brown and feels pretty hollow. The leaves are still green and there is some tiny growth trying but not much. Is it dying? The other leaf stalk is doing great. What should I do? There is a tiny little bud starting from the main stalk but it has been there since I got it 8months ago

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  2. Mernlewn

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    Please help! I purchased this plant 6 months ago and it was doing well (had many leaves!!) until I moved and has since lost all of its leaves and it’s partner stalk (which I removed because it got soft and died). Please help me save this one!
     

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  3. Junglekeeper

    Junglekeeper Renowned Contributor 10 Years

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    @Kayla,
    It looks like the stem on the right in the photos is the one you're having a problem with. The mid-section of the that stem is somewhat shrunken so I suspect it is drying out at that point. That stem will eventually die if that is the case. I suggest for it to be removed. Propagating the cut stem would likely be futile as it is already in decline, with its tip dead. Perhaps the removal of that stem will stimulate growth in the dormant bud you noted.

    @Mernlewn,
    Similar to @Kayla's plant, the mid-section of your stem is clearly dead. I suggest you remove it while making sure the portion that remains is still green and alive. Since there appears to be still some life in the top of the stem, you may want to try propagating it. Remove the dead portion below the tip and apply some rooting hormone powder to the cut before planting. Also, remove a large portion of the long leaf, leaving perhaps 2-3". New growth may sprout from the main stem but remember to reduce watering to a minimum as there is no foliage left to transpire moisture.
     
  4. solistrato

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    Hi! First time poster/plant owner here with similar problems. My plant was doing pretty well but I noticed brown tips. So, I trimmed them, thinking they’d grow back. Then, uh, I kept cutting. I went too far, as you can see. Did I just completely screw up, or is there any hope at all?
     

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  5. Junglekeeper

    Junglekeeper Renowned Contributor 10 Years

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    Your problem sounds similar to @Kayla's, so the end result would probably be the same if you had left it alone. All you can do at this point is hope new growth will emerge from the main stem. Trim what remains of the stub and reduce watering as per advice to @Mernlewn.

    As an aside, it looks like someone put a weed wacker to the other plant.
     
  6. shekay

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    Hi, I got this corn plants from IKEA 2 years ago, been in my spare room for 1.5 years with very little water, once couple months. I know I'm super lazy. I brought it back up to the main living room a few months ago and trying to take better care of it. But I found, 2 smaller ones seems dead. The bark is very loose like paper wrapping around the stem and after I pruned the yellow leaves away, they don't seem want to grow back. The main problem are the 2 plants when I move them, the roots seem weak and are wobbling.

    My question is, how do I separate them? Can I cut maybe 1/3 of the tallest plant and root it so I got 2 plants again?

    Thanks.
     

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  7. Junglekeeper

    Junglekeeper Renowned Contributor 10 Years

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    The container appears to be too small relative to the size of the plant. I suggest you repot to a slightly larger container. Doing so would also give you an opportunity to inspect the roots and assess the condition of each cane. You can also try tapping on the healthy one with a stick then comparing that 'feel' to taps on the other two; that may give you a clue to their condition. Going by your description the shortest one may be dead but there appears to be some life left in the less healthy one. Perhaps you can revive it rather than taking a chance on propagating the only healthy cane.
     
  8. Morgan L

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    Help! My roommate over watered my corn plant I think. The leaves turned yellow then brown. The bark is peeling and this is what it looks like underneath. Can I save it!?
     

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  9. Junglekeeper

    Junglekeeper Renowned Contributor 10 Years

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    It's dead if it's like that up and down the stem.
     

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