Breathe life into your indoor areas with a ‘happy plant’ (Dracaena fragrans). Also called corn plants, they're hardy plants with attractive long arching leaves growing from the top of bare thick woody stems.


 

How to grow a happy plant in a pot

  1. Choose a spot in the indoors, that is well lit but away from direct sunlight. 
  2. Fill chosen planter with quality potting mix, such as Yates Thrive Indoor Plants Potting Mix
  3. Remove the plant from the container, gently tease the roots. 
  4. Position in pot and backfill with potting mix, gently firming down. Water in well. 
  5. Water regularly to keep the soil lightly moist. 
  6. Feed fortnightly from spring to autumn with Yates Thrive Indoor Liquid Plant Food.
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How to grow a happy plant in a garden

  1. Choose a well drained, shaded spot in the garden and prepare the planting area well by digging in some Yates Thrive Natural Blood & Bone with Seaweed
  2. Dig the planting hole twice as wide and to the same depth as the root-ball. Remove the plant from the container, gently tease the roots. 
  3. Position in hole and backfill with soil, gently firming down. Form a raised or doughnut shaped ring of soil around the outer edge of the plant's root zone. This helps keep water where it's needed. Always water in well after planting to settle the soil around the roots and keep the soil moist for several weeks while the new plant establishes.
  4. Mulch lightly with an organic mulch, such as bark chips, woodchip or pea straw and water in well. 
  5. Water once or twice a week, depending on weather conditions to keep the soil lightly moist. 
  6. Feed fortnightly from spring to autumn with Yates Thrive Indoor Liquid Plant Food or use a Yates Thrive Indoor Plants & Ferns Dripper which feeds for 4 weeks. 

Growing tips

  • Happy plant stems that grow too tall can be cut back to the desired height. New leaves will grow from below the cut.

  •  Happy plants can stay in the same pot for several years.

More Plants

Chain of Hearts

Chain of hearts is a gorgeous trailing plant that’s perfect for hanging pots or baskets. The chains can reach 4m long & the heart shaped leaves are sweet.

Bromeliad

For a feature plant in a shady or sheltered area in the garden or even for indoors, Bromeliads provide great foliage colour and form to the garden.

Air Plants

Air Plants literally live off the air & can be grown indoors, hanging from tree branches or balancing decoratively on intriguing objects.

Aglaonema

Aglaonema are a diverse & colourful range of leafy plants. Their foliage can be striking mottled mixtures of red, pink, silver, green, yellow or cream.


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Common Problems & Solutions

Aphids: New leaves distorted and yellow, foliage and stems covered in sooty mould, insects crowded on young leaves and shoots. 

Solution: Yates Natures Way Vegie Insect Spray Natrasoap Ready to Use

Mealybugs: Small white furry or cottony looking sap sucking insect pests that can gather around leaf bases.

Solution: Yates Natures Way Organic Citrus, Vegie Ornamental Spray Ready to Use