How to care for... Yucca plants

by Lea charpier on August 15, 2020

Do Yucca plants need sunlight?

Once placed in a sunny to partly shaded location indoors, Yucca houseplant care is easy. Yucca plants do best in a partly shaded location that receives bright, indirect light. Although yucca plants may grow in sunnier spots, their appearance could suffer from brown tips or white spots on their leaves.

How often should you water a Yucca plant?

Yucca plants prefer to be on the dry side and are considered drought-tolerant plants, which makes sense given their desert origins. In general, allow about the top half of the soil to become dry before watering. More specific watering requirements will depend on how much light your yucca plant receives. In lower light conditions, water your plant less; in brighter light conditions, water your plant a bit more. Overwatering is probably the only way to kill a yucca.

How do you fertilize Yucca plants?

Light fertilization can help establish the plant when growing yucca in containers, but is not needed for established plants.

Why is my Yucca plant leaves turning yellow?

A common cause of yellow yucca leaves is too much water. If you water the plant regularly or plant it in soil that doesn’t drain freely, the roots begin to rot. For best results, plant yuccas in sandy soil and don’t use organic mulch. If you want to mulch for a neater appearance, use gravel or stones.  

Another reason for yellow leaves on yucca plants is poor sunlight.

The lower leaves on a Yucca plant yellow naturally as they age. In most cases, you can simply pull the yellowed leaves off with a gentle tug. If necessary, use a sharp knife to remove the discolored leaves.

Is it necessary to re-pot?

An interesting characteristic of Yucca plants is that they like to be root-bound in small pots, so re-potting should only be done every other year or so at most.

Are plant pests attracted to Yucca plants?

Yucca plants are quite pest-resistant, another way that these plants are low-maintenance. Spider mites do not like Yuccas. Mealy bugs or scale may still plague your plant, but you can address these by applying organic pesticide Neem Guard if you prefer to avoid chemical pesticides. 



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