Yucca Plants

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  1. Indoor Yucca
  2. Is Yucca Plant Poisonous?
  3. Pruning Yucca
  4. What Is the Yucca Plant?
  5. Watering a Yucca Plant
  6. Outdoor Yucca Plant
  7. Brown Spots
Asked by Anonymous on November 9, 2010
Indoor Yucca

What is the reason for yucca tips to start browning? I repotted a year ago, it receives proper light and water, but wasn’t fertilized.

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

This is a sign that you are overwatering. You should only water these plants when the soil is mostly dry.

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Asked by Anonymous on November 13, 2010
Is Yucca Plant Poisonous?

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.

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

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.

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Asked by Anonymous on December 13, 2010
Pruning Yucca

Once the yucca is cut, should anything be put on the remaining stalk to avoid rotting of the plant?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

No, you do not need to add anything to the cut. It is best to leave it to heal on its own.

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Asked by Anonymous on December 19, 2010
What Is the Yucca Plant?

What is a yucca plant?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

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: http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/popluar-houseplants/yucca.htm

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Asked by Anonymous on December 22, 2010
Watering a Yucca Plant

How often should I water a yucca plant?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

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.

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Asked by Anonymous on December 29, 2010
Outdoor Yucca Plant

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?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

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.

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Asked by Anonymous on January 2, 2011
Brown Spots

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?

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

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.

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