Happy Plant

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 indoors that is well lit but away from direct sunlight. 
  2. Part-fill a chosen planter with quality potting mix, such as Yates Speciality Potting Mix Plants and Ferns.
  3. Remove the plant from its container and gently tease the roots. 
  4. Position in pot and backfill with potting mix, gently firming down. Water in well. 
  5. Help protect your plants from fungus gnats by applying a layer of Yates Gnat Barrier to the top of the mix. 
  6. Water regularly to keep the soil lightly moist. 
  7. Feed fortnightly from spring to autumn with Yates Thrive Indoor Plants & Ferns Liquid Plant Food. If you prefer a set-and-forget option, use Yates Thrive Plant Food Spikes Plants & Ferns. Simply insert the required amount of spikes into the potting mix and water in well - it feeds for up to two months. 

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 Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser
  2. Dig the planting hole twice as wide and to the same depth as the root ball. Remove the plant from the container and 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, sugar cane 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 regularly from spring to autumn with Yates Thrive All Purpose Liquid Plant Food.

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.

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