Q.Container Compost For Color Guard Yucca.
I live in Columbus Ohio. Purchased two five gallon color guard yucca plants to place in extra large patio containers. I read that compost and top soil would provide the drainage they will need to grow in pots. What do you recommend? Should I place them in natural organic plant bags and then in pots? Can I leave them out during winter and cover top with mulch? I need these to thrive in containers and survive the deer. If it gets too cold I can bring them into the garage. Please advise. Thanks
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The plant bags are a personal decision. If you plan to transplant the yuccas later, the bags might make sense as an easier way to remove them from the pots. I believe compost and potting soil would be fine for these plants, but topsoil would depend upon the mix. They cannot sit in wet soil, so the drainage factor needs to be sufficient.
Here's a great article about soil for yucca: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/foliage/yucca/soil-for-yucca-plants.htm
and here's another that addresses overwintering them: