We've been propogating a Yucca cutting for several weeks. However, it seems our dog has been drinking from the water, which is in a coffee can (rusting). He was at the vet recently for a check-up and has a high count of alkaline phosphatase, and we are now questioning if this could be related to drinking the water that our yucca was in. -
It is hard for us to say if the yucca plant was related to your dog's health issue. Yuccas are considered poisonous, but we could not find anything that linked it to your pet's health problem. That being said, if she was just drinking the water, it is unlikely the yucca itself was the issue. But, if you were using a rooting hormone or a fertilizer, that may be connected. I hope your dog feels better soon.
Once the yucca is cut, should anything be put on the remaining stalk to avoid rotting of the plant?
No, you do not need to add anything to the cut. It is best to leave it to heal on its own.
What is a yucca plant?
Yucca is a shrub-like plant (occasionally found in tree form) with sharp, sword-shaped leaves. It is popular as both an indoor and outdoor plant. For more information on yucca plant, this article and list of other resources should help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/popluar-houseplants/yucca.htm
How often should I water a yucca plant?
Water indoor yucca plants only when the top inch of soil is completely dry. Also, do not allow it to stand in water, as this will lead to root rot. Outdoor yucca plants rarely need water as they are very drought tolerant. However, you can water them during drought-like conditions if they are extremely dry.
I have put a mulch around my yucca to help it through this blinding heat we’re having in U.K. it has produced a huge gorgeous flower spike I don’t water it 1 or 2 times a week tops
My yucca just went through a harsh cold snap in Portland, OR. and all its leaves have fallen over. Should I cut those off now or wait till early spring? Or is it simply dead?
I would wait until spring. The plant should survive, but you won't know the extent of the damage until spring, so it will be best to wait until then to prune so that you can better judge exactly what needs to be taken off.
Received a Yucca plant as a gift--tall, full head of leaves on three stalks. It stands in my office next to a sliding glass door. Three leaves have developed very large brown areas, perhaps 2-2 1/2 inches long and 1-1/2 inch wide. Can you advise me on coping with these?
This is normally cause by either overwater or underwatering. With yuccas, people tend to overwater them. Make sure you are only watering when the soil is dry to the touch.
We have a large outdoor yucca with lethal points on it for around five years now. This winter it completely bent double and we have had to try and tie it up. Where we've tied it, it is bending around the tie! It has no strength in the trunk at all. Is this the end of it? We only got to -5 degrees so it should not be.
There is a chance that the trunk was damaged and this is why it is not able to support itself. It may or may not make it. Only time will tell. Put a splint on the trunk and leave that in place through spring and summer. If it is able to heal itself, it will do so in the spring and summer. If it is not able to heal, it will either die or will need a splint forever in order to stay upright.