How to Care for Yucca Plants

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Yucca plants prefer dry, desert like areas with good drainage, so they often grow well alongside cacti and succulents. Care for a yucca plant, which is native to the Americas, with helpful information from a sustainable gardener in this free video on growing plants.

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Hi! This is Yolanda Vanveen, and in this segment we're going to talk about how to grow a Yucca plant. Now I love Yucca plants. I just think of them from my childhood being on older lady's yards. Kind of like with the red, hot pokers. They're just a really easy plant that looks kind of like a desert plant but it's really heartier than you expect, and it is from the Americas. So Yuccas are found all over North America and to Mexico, and they really like desert, even mountainous conditions. They're more in land than on the coast, and as long as they get lots of water, but dry out in between watering, they'll do really well. They do well with cactus and succulents. But yeah, even in more of a coastal conditions, they seem to do well as long as they're not left too wet. You can start them by root or you can start them by seed. It doesn't really matter, they grow really easily. You can take a division off of the mother plant, and as long as that root's covered but the actual plant itself is exposed, it'll come right up and grow. They like full, hot sun, but they can live in a little bit of shade as long as they've got some heat. They don't want to be too cold. And if you live in a milder climate where just barely freezes, they can usually make it over the winter, or put them out in the spring and let them grow, if you live in a really cold climate. But Yuccas, as long as you just kind of let them go, they'll grow really well. And my rule of thumb is that the foliage looks really good, live it be. If it looks trashy, it starts breaking or snow is gone, go and just hack it back. Because it doesn't matter how much you hack it back, it'll keep coming back, and they love haircuts. As soon as the blooms are done blooming, you can just cut the blooms right out, and even save the seeds, and turn around and plant them 'cos they'll grow eventually, too. But as long as you give 'em lots of sun and good drainage, a Yucca is a great addition to your garden.

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