Corn Rescue: How to Revive a Dying Corn Plant

I’m a gardening enthusiast, and today I will share some tips on reviving a corn plant. 

Corn plants, also known as maize, are popular among gardeners due to their versatility and easy maintenance. However, like any other plant, they can sometimes become sick or die for various reasons. 

In this guide, I’m going to be sharing with you some easy steps that you can follow to revive your corn plant and get it back to its healthy, vibrant self. So without further ado, let’s get started!

What Are the Signs of a Dying Corn Plant?

Dying Corn Plant

Several signs may indicate that a corn plant is dying. These can include:

Yellowing or discoloration of the leaves is one of the most common signs that a corn plant is unhealthy. Yellow leaves can indicate a lack of sunlight, inadequate watering, or a nutrient deficiency.

Wilting or drooping leaves – If the leaves of your corn plant are wilting or drooping, it could be a sign that the plant is not getting enough water. This can happen if the soil is too dry or the plant is infrequently watered.

Stunted growth – If your corn plant is not growing as quickly as it should, or the growth seems stunted, it could be a sign that it is unhealthy. Various factors, including pests, diseases, or inadequate sunlight or nutrients, can cause this.

Damage to the leaves – If you notice holes, ragged edges, or other signs of damage to the leaves of your corn plant, it could be a sign that pests or diseases are attacking the plant.

Overall, if you notice any of these signs, it’s important to take action to try to save your corn plant.

How Can I Revive a Dying Corn Plant?

Diseased Corn Plant
Diseased Corn Plant

If you think your corn plant is dying, there are a few steps you can take to try to revive it.

To start, you need to figure out what’s making your corn plant unhealthy. Is it getting too much or too little water, bugs, bad lighting, or a lack of nutrients in the soil?

I will guide you on the various causes and provide the best solution.


If your corn plant is underwatered, check the soil to see if it is dry. To do this, stick your finger into the soil near the base of the plant. The plant is likely underwatered if the soil feels dry up to your first knuckle.

If the soil is dry, the next step is to water the plant. Water the plant thoroughly, ensuring to wet the soil around the base and not just the surface. Be careful not to overwater the plant, as this can cause root rot. Water the plant until you see the water from the drainage holes in the bottom of the pot.

After watering the plant, check the soil again in a few hours to ensure it has absorbed the water. If the soil is still dry, you may need to water the plant again.

If you’re having trouble keeping your corn plant watered, you can do a few things to help. First, consider using a moisture meter to help you monitor the moisture level in the soil and avoid over- or under-watering. You can also use a self-watering pot, which helps to ensure that your plant receives the right amount of water.


Overwatering corn plants is a common issue that can lead to various problems. If your corn plant is overwatered, you may notice the leaves turning yellow and wilting, the roots becoming weak and rotting, and the plant becoming stunted in growth. To fix an overwatered corn plant, it’s important first to determine the cause of the overwatering and then take steps to improve the plant’s growing conditions.

One common cause of overwatering is planting corn in soil that does not drain well. Corn plants need well-draining soil to thrive, so if the soil in your garden is heavy and holds onto water, it can lead to overwatering. To fix this problem, you can improve the soil by adding compost or other organic matter to help it drain better. Also, consider planting your corn in raised beds, which helps improve drainage and prevent overwatering.

Another cause of overwatering is watering the corn plants too frequently. Corn plants need plenty of water, but they also need time to dry out between waterings. If you water your corn plants every day, or even every other day, you may be overwatering them. To fix this problem, try watering your corn plants less often, giving them a deep watering when you do water them, and allowing the soil to dry out between waterings.

In some cases, overwatering can be caused by a lack of sunlight or poor air circulation. Corn plants need plenty of sunlight and good air circulation to thrive, and if they are not getting enough of these things, they may be more susceptible to overwatering. To fix this problem, move your corn plants to a sunnier location and ensure plenty of space between plants to allow for good air circulation.

Low Humidity

Low humidity can cause problems for corn plants, requiring a consistently moist environment to thrive. Without enough moisture in the air, the plant may become dry and withered, and its growth may be stunted. In severe cases, low humidity can even cause the plant to die.

To help a corn plant struggling due to low humidity, there are several steps you can take. First, make sure the plant is getting enough water. Check the soil regularly to ensure it is evenly moist but not soggy. If the soil is too dry, water the plant thoroughly and then allow the excess water to drain away.

Next, try increasing the humidity around the plant. One way to do this is by misting the leaves with water from a spray bottle. You can also place the plant on a tray of damp pebbles, which will help to add moisture to the air. Alternatively, you can use a humidifier to increase the humidity in the plant’s room.

In addition to increasing humidity, you can also move the plant to a location where it will receive more indirect sunlight. Too much direct sunlight can cause the plant to dry out, so placing it in a spot where it will receive indirect light will help to keep it moist.

Nutrient Deficiency

There are several potential reasons why a corn plant may have low levels of nutrients. Some common causes include poor soil quality, inadequate watering, and inadequate fertilization.

To address low nutrient levels in a corn plant, the first step is to assess its overall health and growing conditions. For example, if the plant is growing in poor-quality soil, it may be necessary to amend the soil with compost or other organic matter to improve its nutrient content.

Fertilization is another key factor in maintaining healthy levels of nutrients in a corn plant. Corn plants typically require fertilization with a balanced fertilizer that contains a mix of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. Applying fertilizer according to the product’s instructions and at the appropriate times throughout the growing season can help ensure the plant has access to the nutrients it needs.

In some cases, it may also be necessary to provide additional micronutrients, such as iron, zinc, and manganese, to a corn plant experiencing low nutrient levels. These micronutrients can be applied in the form of a foliar spray, or they can be added to the soil through the use of a micronutrient fertilizer.

Pests And Diseases

Many pests and diseases can affect corn plants. Some of the most common ones include corn earworms, corn rootworms, and corn borers. These pests can cause significant damage to the plants, reducing their yield and overall health. 

One of the best ways to prevent pests and diseases from affecting your corn plants is to practice good gardening and farming techniques, such as using crop rotation, keeping your garden clean and free of debris, and using natural pest control methods. 

If you notice pests or diseases on your corn plants, you can use chemical pesticides or other treatments to get rid of them. However, it’s important to carefully read and follow the instructions on the label, as using pesticides incorrectly can harm your plants and the environment.

Light Exposure

Corn plants, like most plants, require adequate sunlight to grow and thrive. Without enough light, the plants may become weak and stunted, producing less corn. If you notice that your corn plants are not receiving enough light, there are a few things you can do to help them. 

First, plant your corn in an area that receives full sun for most of the day. This will help ensure the plants get the light they need to grow properly. You can also provide additional light using grow lights or reflective materials around the plants. This can help boost the amount of light the plants receive, which can help improve their growth and development.

Reviving a corn plant takes time, patience, and care. By providing your plant with the right amount of water, sunlight, temperature, and nutrients, you can help it to recover and thrive. Keep in mind that every plant is different, and some may be more difficult to revive than others. With the right approach, however, you can give your corn plant a second chance at life.

Sometimes, even if you take all the appropriate steps, your corn plant may not recover. If this happens, it’s important to accept that your plant has died and to dispose of it properly. This will prevent diseases or pests from spreading to other plants in your garden.

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