Bright green attractive foliage and the ability to withstand long periods of drought make the yucca an excellent choice for just about any home garden. Yucca growing isnt just for indoors. The yuccas plantâ€™s sword-like leaves add a distinctive look to any area, including the landscape. It is a perennial, evergreen shrub that comes in several species. More than 20 species of yucca exist. Coloration on yucca plants range from green to bluish with variegation of cream, yellow and white, depending on the cultivar. Yucca plants grow on canes, or large, woody stems.
As it is a native of the southwestern United States, it thrives in soil that drains well and can be in full sun. It is also able to withstand temperatures as cold as 10 F. (-12 C.), so you can grow a yucca plant in many different climates. The creamy-white flowers bloom best in full sun, during mid to late summer, with some yucca growing as tall as 8 feet and leaves that reach about 2 and half feet in length.
Common name: Yucca
Flower Color: NA
Bloom time: Mid to late summer.
Height: Up to 8 feet.
Difficulty level: Easy to grow
Planting and care
Sunlight: Full sun.
Soil: well-drained soil. Soil pH 5.5 to 7.5
Water: Yucca are highly sensitive to water-logging. Water regularly in the spring and summer growing season, but make sure the plant has excellent drainage and dries between waterings. Water sporadically in the winter. Never let a yucca plant sit in a tray of water.
Temperature: Widely variable. Yucca are adapted to the desert, where temperatures can soar into the 90c or higher and down into the 30c at night. It is able to withstand temperatures as cold as 10 F.
Fertilizer: Fertilize during the growing season with liquid fertilizer or controlled-release fertilizer according to label instructions.
Caring for Yucca
- Caring for yucca plants is fairly simple.
- When older leaves die on a mature yucca plant, simply cut them away, usually in the spring.
- Caring for yuccas like this helps the rest of the plant look nicer, and allows the newer leaves to grow.
- When caring for yucca plants, it is a good idea to wear gloves to protect your hands from the sharp leaves.
- After the yucca has stopped flowering and the fruit has appeared, prune back the flower stalk. The stalk should be cut clear to the ground.
- When landscaping with yuccas, it is best to keep them away from sidewalks and other high traffic areas as the leaves are extremely sharp and can cut someone if they should brush up against the plant.