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What Are the Best Tips for Yucca Care?

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There are about four dozen different species of yucca plants that are available. They are well-known for their green, sword-like leaves and their clusters of white flowers. Although they are native to desert sections of North America, South America, Central America, and the West Indies, they are very popular in gardens and homes around the world. Consequently, many people may wonder what constitutes yucca care.

One of the most popular species of indoor houseplants, the Yucca elephantipes, is spineless and tropical. Yucca care is relatively simple for this indoor beauty. It grows best in high light, but will live in low light with some additional yucca care. For example, proper watering and additional maintenance should help the plant flourish. In fact, with adequate yucca care, this plant will grow to 30 feet (9.14 m).

For indoor yucca care, let the top quarter or third of the soil become dry before giving it water, if the light is high. If the light is low, then let three-quarters of the soil become dry before watering. The most important thing is not to let the indoor yucca plant sit in a puddle of water. Doing so can promote rot and then, the eventual death of the plant. If overwatering occurs, the plant will begin to shrivel and die.

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Although the indoor species are gorgeous, many people prefer the outdoor yucca plants. The kind of yucca care for the outdoor species is not intricate and most gardeners find that paying a little attention to their plants reaps great rewards. To begin with, it is best to plant the yucca between the months of April and June in most climates. In addition, they grow bests in sand and gravel – just like their native, desert environment.

Caring for a yucca plant outdoors is so simple, they only require fertilization a couple of times each year – anything beyond that is simply overkill. In addition, it must be mentioned, that the yuccas do not like to be transplanted since it causes damage to their root system. They can be watered once every few weeks and are happy, as well. Lastly, just like their indoor cousins, they like to be in direct sunlight whenever possible. So, it is recommended that they are planted in areas that receive plenty of direct light.

As with any plant species, the tips for the best yucca care can be learned through classes at a local garden center or botanical gardens. Since it is a desert variety, the yucca is designed to be hearty and to be able to withstand extremes in temperature. Simply looking for signs that the plant needs additional care may help it survive and thrive. A little water and a lot of sunlight will make most yuccas live for decades.

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DinoLeash
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I took a gallon milk jug and cut it almost in half and poked drain holes in the bottom. I filled the bottom half with good potting soil. I wet it down well and sprinkled the seeds all over the top. Then I sprinkled a little bit more potting soil on it and patted it down. Then I closed the top over it and taped it up. It took about a week for them to germinate.

I now have several yucca plants that I’ve cut off of the original one. They are a beautiful addition to my garden in the front of my home.

CarrotIsland
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@gardenturtle: You will get the best results planting yucca seed if you scar the seed first. Scaring the seed means that you gently rub the seed with some sandpaper or a file to “scar” the seed coating.

After you do this, plant the seeds in a well draining potting mix, like a cactus mix. Plant the seeds 1 – 2 seed lengths deep in the soil. Place the plant in a sunny, warm place. Water the soil until you see seedlings in about 1 – 2 weeks. If you do not see seedlings in this time, allow the soil to dry out completely and resume watering.

GardenTurtle
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How do you grow a yucca plant? Do you plant yucca seeds? If so, where do you get them?

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