Outdoor yucca, care and watering

Outdoor yucca

Outdoor yucca is a plant native to Central America.

Care is quite easy and you’ll be enchanted by the beauty of its leafage.

Yucca facts, a short summary

NameYucca gloriosa, Yucca filamentosa
Family – Asparagaceae
Type – succulent shrub, indoor plant

 – 6 to 10 feet (2 to 3 meters)
Exposure – full sun
Soil – ordinary, poor and even dry

 – evergreen
Flowering – June to October

Planting yucca

Planting yucca in pots for houses and apartments

Growing outdoor yucca

Favor planting in spring in a place with a lot of sun.

Yucca doesn’t need very rich soil, and particularly likes sandy soil.

Watering yucca

Don’t water the plant too much because it likes rather dry soil.

Watering once a fortnight is usually more than enough even in case of high temperatures, and then again only if you feel your yucca is starting to collapse.

Pruning yucca

They don’t need any pruning.
You can remove the flowers after they’ve wilted away.

Learn more about yucca

Yucca is typical of hot countries like Mexico or southern United States, but there will be no problem if you try to grow it in other places, along the coast, as long as it is sheltered from strong winds.

It only requires minimal care and has quite a figure with its long, pointed leaves.

Its blooming will nonetheless only occur 5 years after planting.

This shrub will fit right into any flower bed, but setting it as a standalone or in a pot on your deck, terrace or balcony will do it honor, too.

What can be done when yucca leaves turn yellow?

It’s most probably due to too much water. Stop watering immediately.
Yucca, like all plants, enters a dormant state during which its needs diminish considerably.

Indoors, set it in a well-lit spot but avoid sources of heat such as radiators or direct light from the sun during the hottest hours.

Smart tip about yucca

Mulch over winter is a good idea, especially if you’re afraid the weather will be cold. Mineral mulch fits this plant particularly well.

In areas where it can freeze, prefer growing in pots so you can bring it in during the colder months.

Credits for images shared to Nature & Garden (all edits by Gaspard Lorthiois):
Sharp, spiky ball of leaves by Roger W under © CC BY-SA 2.0