How to Repot Yucca Plants

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Yucca are hardy plants suited to drier, arid regions. Aside from its aesthetic value, Yucca root is a food staple in many countries, and resembles the potato closely. Yucca root is also called cassava and manioc, and is eaten steamed, boiled or ground into flour, according to the Food Reference website. Yucca plants may be grown indoors or out, but those that are potted generally won't produce roots of edible size.

Things You'll Need

  • Pot with drainage holes
  • Coarse potting mix
  • Small spade
  • Water
  • Knife (optional)
  • Fill the empty pit with around 5 inches of coarse potting mix. Make sure that the new pot is 2 inches larger in diameter than the original, and 6 or 7 inches taller. Yucca needs very well drained soil, so coarse potting mix is essential.

  • Hold the base of the plant with one hand. Don't grasp the trunk like you would a pole, rather splay the hand, with the trunk in between two fingers, and the palm against the soil.

  • Invert the pot with your other hand, working it free so that the tree rests upside down, with your hand still firmly supporting the base.

  • Tease the roots out of the root-ball shape. This can be done by hand, pulling out sections of the roots so they hang freely, or using a knife to score roots, only about an inch deep in vertical lines around the root ball.

  • Settle the plant into the new pot, on top of the potting mix already placed inside. Make sure the plant is centered, and there is 2 or 3 inches height between the root ball and the rim of the pot. Add more potting mix on the bottom if the plant sits too far inside the pot.

  • Fill the remaining areas of the pot with potting mix, taking care not to compress it. Fill all the way to the top of the root ball, but don't build the soil around the trunk of the plant, a 1/2 inch over the roots is fine.

  • Lift the pot off the ground, and give it a good tap on the rim with the spade. This helps to settle the soil down, and removes any pockets of air. Further compression is not necessary, and will impede drainage.

  • Water the plant well and place it in a semi-shaded area after re-potting for at least two weeks.

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