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Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Yucca Plant Care

Common Name: Yucca
Scientific Name: Yucca Elephantipes
Lighting: Bright Light
Watering: Moderate


Yucca Plants

Yucca plants usually contain green leather like foliage which radiates from a central stalk. Most Yucca plants have sharp spear-like pointed tips. You can purchase Yucca plants in either a cane or tipped form. The Yucca plant requires bright light, however they will tolerate less than sunny spots. So place your Yucca houseplants within 3-5 feet of a window. They also prefer sandy soil and require good drainage. To ensure proper drainage, place 2 inches of pebble stones in the bottom of your pots.



The Yucca plant prefers moderate watering. Water thoroughly once every 7 – 10 days or when the soil feels dry to touch down 1 inch in depth. Because the Yucca is adapter to desert like climates they are able to tolerate being dry. If the foliage shows a brown tip with a yellow halo you probably are over watering. If not enough water is being given to the plant the foliage will turn solid yellow or brown.


Yucca houseplants tend to be resistant to many of the pests, problems, and diseases that other houseplants encounter. If your Yucca does become infected with bugs or mites, spraying a soapy mixture of water and dish soap over the plant usually does the trick.




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46 Comments:

Blogger Shaily said...

Hi,

My Yucca plam is bending to one side and also there are a lot of dry leaves on it now which are difficult to remove as well. What should I do?

10:27 AM  
Blogger drayas said...

Shaily,

I remove the dead leaves from my Yucca by cutting them off as close to the trunk as possible.

Also, it is most likely bending towards the light source, so move it closer to the light.

Thanks,
drayas

3:04 PM  
Anonymous Carol said...

I rescued a Yucca that was left in an old green house 4 years ago. It has grown to 12' and has another foot to the ceiling. How do I cut this back when it reaches its limit? There are 2 main branches, 2 new starts about half way up and another 3' start in the pot, itself. If I have to cut off the top, can I get it started in a new pot?

7:48 AM  
Blogger drayas said...

Carol,

I have never tried this, but I found this Web site. I cannot say if it will work or not, as like I said, I've never tried this. However will be soon as I have the same problem.

Tips For Pruning A Yucca .

Let me know if you try this and how it works!!

Thank you,
drayas

3:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The new growth (the new shoots plus the base of the pre-existing leaves) on my Yucca seems to have brown splotches on it, and they seem a bit dusty/leathery and light green/yellow. Some of the underneath leaves are also drying up. Is any of this normal? I give it a lot of water once every week and a half to two weeks. It's right near a window that gets a lot of light, but it's also right next to a radiator, which makes me worried about it drying out too much. Thanks for your help! Emily

10:58 AM  
Blogger kristin said...

I bought a gorgeous Yucca at Ikea about 2 weeks ago and already several of the leaves are showing white spots or turning brown and seeming to dry out. I live in Michigan so of course we are in the heart of winter and its dry around here, but I thought that wuoldnt be a problem. Its near a very large bay window so I dont think light is a problem either. I could be over watering sicne Ive watered it about 3-4 times since I brought it home. Or perhaps its because I havent moved it out of the original 10" pot from the store? Is that required? I was going to just drop that into a more decorative pot instead of replanting. Advice? I really dont want to kill it!

1:34 PM  
Blogger drayas said...

Emily,

The heat vent is probably your culprit. You could try misting the plant to give it more moisture, or move it for the winter months further away from the vent. Some of the bottom fronds will die as the plant grows so keep that in mind as well.

Thanks,
drayas

4:04 PM  
Blogger drayas said...

Kristin,

You're probably overwatering the plant. I water mine once every two weeks. You shouldn't have to repot yet.

Try lowering the water levels and keep us posted.

-- drayas

4:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi,

I have a yucca that I love, however our cat also loves it too. I caught him shaking the trunk and trying to knock it over. Despite this, the tree is still ok. The problem I am having with it is that there are very few leaves left on it since I repotted it. The tree is still alive as there is what appears to be a baby sprouting from the soil line.

My questions are, how do I go about making sure this yucca survives, how do I promote the growth of the "baby", and can I prune and repot as per the web site instructions that drayas posted?

Thanks

1:50 PM  
Blogger Matt Forde said...

Great advice, thank you!

5:49 AM  
Blogger catherine said...

Hello fellow yucca lovers,
I have a 15year old yucca that is about 11 feet tall. However, it only has leaves at the top and so there is just a long, spindly, bald stem on view (The leaves have disappeared up the attic stairs)Any advice? Do I prune it? I'm afraid of killing it. Thanks

10:24 AM  
Anonymous Sharon said...

My 10 foot previously healthy Yukka has developped brown and yellow marks and brown papery tips. It has been in my conservatory for 2 years and does get some early morning and late afternoon direct sun but has been fine until this summer. For the last week it hasn't had any direct sun but the highest leaves have developed brown tips and the lower ones are worsening for brown marks. Can you help?!

11:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi,

My Yucca has powdery/mould on the leaves which are dying off over time, other leaves have round patches, from other sites i believe to be fungal problem caused by mites (small white ones which I've seen!), what's the best why to treat this? Initially I beleive I was overwatering, and now virtually neglecting the plant, any help?? Thanks. Chris.

12:41 AM  
Blogger sam said...

ok, If my drageana and yucca is overwatered how do I rescue them? Should I leave them in the same moist soil and wait til it dries out or should I remove it from moist soil and put it in new soil with now new water? Please help before its too late.
Samantha

1:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, recently purchased a Yucca. It has five shorter stems and the large sixth one stands at 6 foot 5.

http://s781.photobucket.com/albums/yy98/RobertJHickey/?action=view&current=DSC02234.jpg

It was only until I started to read about Yuccas that i realized I had been sold a fungal infected tree. THere are three major problems I can identify. One is a large amount of (what I think is) white fungus which grow at the base of the leaves.

http://s781.photobucket.com/albums/yy98/RobertJHickey/?action=view&current=DSC02232.jpg

http://s781.photobucket.com/albums/yy98/RobertJHickey/?action=view&current=DSC02233.jpg

The second issue is the black fungus spots on the leaves themselves.

http://s781.photobucket.com/albums/yy98/RobertJHickey/?action=view&current=DSC02235.jpg

http://s781.photobucket.com/albums/yy98/RobertJHickey/?action=view&current=DSC02236.jpg

The third issue, is the brown tips, which I've read to be a problem with the roots.
I purchased the tree and it had been planted in a white pot. I asked if replanting it in a black one would be possible and they assured me it would.
These tips though are concerning.

http://s781.photobucket.com/albums/yy98/RobertJHickey/?action=view&current=DSC02237.jpg

I don't want to return the tree if I can save it. I love it's shape and size so much.
If anyone can help me out, I'd really appreciate it.
I'll keep my eye on this blog, but if you have time, feel free to email me at
bobbyboucher30@hotmail.com

Thank you kindly,

Robert

12:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My 20 year old yucca seems to be dying but sproutin new growth at the same time.
I have just lost the tallest stems leaves so now they are just sticks. But the 3rd seems fine and I now have new growth appearing at the base through the muck. The leaves went very pale and floppy prior to falling off in one lump...Help

9:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi. I have a yucca that's about 5years old and doing pretty well. I was watering it today and noticed quite a few orange and one bright blue(yes bright blue), pearly balls in the pot just underneath and on the surface of the soil. I've seen one or two of them in the pot before and not really thought about it. Are they seeds? If not, what are they? Thanks!

7:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hate this plant, I bought a house that had a few outside and they looked like mutant palm tree's, they look horrible!

12:43 AM  
Anonymous Alex said...

I have a Yuvva that I have over wattered. The potting has 4 trunks. The 2 intermediate trunks are the ones suffering anjd have started to die. The trunks are soggy/not firm to the squeeze. The othere 2 trunks are just fine and they are potted together in one large pot. Once I have reached this soggy dying condition, will the Yucca ever recover a=or are they dead? Any suggestions as what to do?



Alex

7:13 PM  
Blogger Denise said...

steI have had my yucca for many years now.Over the past 6-9 months the tops of the plant are druping and bending over. It doe not seem to be a watering issue. I thought I would transplant it but it has not helped if anything it has become worse. i do not want to throw it out but I do not know what is wrong with it. can you give me some suggestions?

10:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I purchased a yucca plant a couple of months ago, and recently noticed that it is infected by some mosquito like insects. I sprayed some soap and water mixture on the plant, and also on the stem and the soil of the plant, but it didn;t take care of the problem. the insects are all over the place, it's very annoying. do you have any clues as to how to get rid of them. I am afraid my other plants will be infected too. I have a few lucky bamboos, majesty palms, and few others that have never had this problem, is it possible that they will be infected too? and what do you think is the cause of this problem for me to be aware of? please help, thanks

2:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey, i just bought my first yucca plant. it has 2 trunks, one tall and one short. how do i grow more trunks? do i need to take cuttings?

4:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi everyone,
I was given a Yucca as a present about 6 months ago by someone very dear to me and i love it.When i got it,i looked on t'inernet about how to feed and look after it and have been tying to follow the advice.There are three plants in one pot,a large,a medium and a small one,They did look great but about a month ago the medium one's leaves started going yellow,then drying up and falling off,it has three prongs of growth at the top but two prongs have died off and the last is very sorry looking.The prongs themselves go soft right at the top just below the leaves and the leaves turn yellow first then brown as they dry up and eventually fall off,however on this last prong the leaves are still green but very wilted and the top of the prong has gone very,very soft(and it looks damp as if the wood is rotting inside)The rest of the stem is fine ,even at the bottom where it goes into the soil.The other two plants(which are in the same pot)look fine and dont seem to be suffering at all. I would hate to lose it as it means a lot to me and am hoping someone can give me advice as to how to save it and keep the other two strong and healthy.
Thanks,
Kev

11:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My Yuca is about 10 years old. It sits by a window facing North (I Think). I water about once a month after testing the soil for moisture with a water meter to make sure it needs water. It has MUTATED. The sprouts coming off the trunk are very very long.... About a foot each, and I had to tie them to a stick to avoid collapsing. The leaves just hang down. It does not look very pretty. What am I doing wrong?

9:32 AM  
Anonymous DD said...

Hello,
My Yucca plant was doing ok until lately all the newly grown leaves are becoming yellowish brown like burnt out from the core! Light it's near the window. Watering, once a week but I make sure to satisfy it.
I just wanna know is it with the watering I should reduce! or is it some kind of plant disease that is eating it from inside? coz as I mentioned the yellowish brown appearance starts from the inside core of the plant!
Thank you for your help.

2:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i have yucca tree from 3 trunks.
one close to ground has welting leaves and start drying. Others looks perfect. please help

8:56 PM  
Blogger Sheridan said...

hi i have a 3' yucca and its beautiful how can i keep it short and posibly berid the pointy tips it pokes my friends when we pong and how much water is the appropriate amount per watering? i usually give it a drinking glass full which is equivalent of about 16 oz. to much or too little?
-- bigpoppa

10:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey people! I have read every comment made so far and i think i might have the answer to some of the problems. it's the WATERING!

Instructions For Watering Yuccas:

Keep the soil moist from spring to autumn, not soggy though. In the winter, let the soil dry before you water it again.

Yucca's Favourite Hangout:

Yucca plants can cope in almost any light level, but the best way to keep them healthy is to keep them in direct sunlight.

Hope this helped!
Thanx,
J!

9:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just purchased a four foot yucca tree with 3 trunks it is extremely root bound, some of the roots were browned and mushy so I trimmed them. Also, they are fragile so I wasnt able to loosen the roots , they snapped off with the slightest tension.I gently planted it in a pot 3" larger and stopped meshing with the roots. Am I doing this correct?

1:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The mosquito-like bugs are gnats probably. They can kill the roots of the plant, so they need to be taken care of. I know because some were on my 12-year-old yucca this summer. You can use Gnatol or get some cat flea shampoo that includes that one ingredient (forgot its name - if you look on gnat pages you will find it), mix with water and put some in your plant pot. I think the shampoo killed the gnats I had - also use sticky fly paper to kill the adult gnats. And yes, they can spread to other plant pots or ANYWHERE where it is damp. They are nasty pests and hard to get rid of.

7:33 PM  
Anonymous Ross said...

Hi, need help with my plant its drooping and the 1st 3 rows of leafs have started to dry and shrivel and dry I really want to save this plant has I have had it for 5yrs please help

5:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a very healthy yukka which has now outgrown the spot its in. As it is so large I am unable to find a suitable spot for it indoors. Can I put it out on my sunny patio now that the weather is good?

6:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi,


My Yucca plant is starting to get black at the top of the root on both parts of the tree, there is big palm and a baby palm. Is it from over watering?

4:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was just given a yucca that had broken off another. Do I need to cut the bottom flat. And what is the best way to pot it for proper drainage. Can I use any products such as miracle grow or do I need to get a different product. Please help me. Gary

10:51 AM  
Blogger Cindy Glass said...

I have a yucca and its about 4' tall and it has a new start coming from the base. What should I do? I have just brought in into the house for the fall and winter. What temps can it stand. I don't want to kill it. It done very well outside.
Thank you
Cindy

2:19 PM  
Blogger dawn said...

help...my yuccas head has just been snapped off during transportation! as there are a few leaves on yje stem im going to leave it in the hope it will re-sprout. is there any way i can try to propagate the head which has about 20 leaves and is approx 75cm to the tip? it is in good condition so obviously i would like to try and save it

11:11 AM  
Blogger BigSue Hopkins said...

My single stalk Yucca is not growing. It has not put out a single new leaf in weeks. It receives proper yucca water requirements. It is one foot from an east facing window and it is fairly warm. Is their any way I can help it accelerate its growth or at least get it to grow? My other Yucca is larger and a cut off cane. it has five stalks. Aerial roots have emerged around the base of the stalks. Can I cut these off and plant them to grow more Yuccas?

7:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't put him in direct sunlight, just in a room with bright light, let it dry out completely between watering, don't let roots sit in water, have gd drainage, underneath leaves drying up can mean stress. Might need some fertilizer. Angie

12:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My leaves on my yucca a becoming limp and yellow

7:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone know what a safe distance to plant them from the house? I have it potted, but want to transplant in my back yard near my house. Any advice is very much appreciated. Thanks.

10:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, I've a 15 year old yucca plant. The bark from the pot splits into 2 thick branches. I've just got home to find that our cat has of jumped up and snapped one of the branches. Do you have any tips on care for the remaining plant itself and if there's any option I have to save the large snapped off branch? Thank you.

2:36 PM  
OpenID 9df6788e-d852-11e2-bf14-000bcdcb8a73 said...

I have 2 5 year old yucca plants and they have small black spots on the leaves what is this and how should I treat it???

3:06 PM  
Blogger Mignonne Wallace said...

Hi my yucca plant has this sticky sap on it, can you please tell me why... or is that just normal? Thank you.

11:37 PM  
Anonymous David said...

David says,
My yucca has two trunks. The smaller is a little spongy and has nothing but brown leaves. The larger has firm trunk and still many healthy leaves yet many brown ones now. Is this normal or is it dying ? Can I do something to save it ?

12:17 PM  
Blogger Morgan Fam said...

I have a Yucca plant, and I am just wondering what the blue/torquise things are that grow and fall out of the base of the leaves and then they drop to the soil? Is this normal or is my plant sick?

10:19 PM  
Blogger Dwalus said...

Some of you folks have legitimate issues as far as keeping indoors and spotting, but let me tell you about my yucca. Seven years ago, we were cleaning the yard up and we broke a branch off our old yucca. That branch was then processed in a wood chipper. The compost pile was watered, and produced five new plants. From yucca wood chips. Some died off from lack of watering later, one, I tripped over and broke the crown off. I ripped the remaining base out of the ground, hardly a root system. I stuck that near some sprinklers, 50% shade. It is now six feet tall with about 8 branches and a nine inch trunk. I have never seen such awesome regenerative properties in any plant...from a wood chip! Ridiculous. Do not be afraid to just cut a crown off and just stick it in the ground like geraniums, and water lightly. They will take. I'm just here to see if they grow faster after getting bottom leaves ripped off, and if they prefer bubblers, sprinklers, or misting....otherwise I would say the plant is easy enough for a child to propagate. Easier than pinto beans. -from a wood chipper, in southern California blazing sun, right over hot asphalt, no problems at all, watered every other day by timed sprinklers, on a 30% slope, just gave it its first bit of attention in six years by ripping bottom leaves off by hand. Took some new growths off it, stuck them in the ground nearby. Have one new sprout that was riddled with bug holes, pulled it off, gonna plant that too and see how it goes. Not worried one bit.

10:41 AM  

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