You are in: Lancashire > Nature > Features > Ask the gardener: Yuccas. With regard to the soft stems this as I have mentioned in previous answers is not a good sign and I am sure that this is the reason why the leaves on one of the stems is beginning to wilt. e australis which at the moment it has three flower heads in bud. I have had conflicting advice on the best course of action. How to Dig Up a Yucca. The dead leaves can be cut from your Yucca plant Maureen using a sharp knife and the leaves should be cut off flush to the main trunk. their leaves in the water. Aside from the root system that is just as invasive as every other tree on this list, they make quite a mess during their fruiting season. Yucca Roots have been used by Native American tribes for years to prevent hair loss and dandruff while making hair shiny and beautiful. They do wonders compared to pruners etc. Can you pull apart a yucca at the roots so you have more than one bunch? Yucca filamentosa and Yucca gloriosa are not classed as invasive or a weed, this includes all yuccas. His knowledge is encyclopedic. So, whatever the problem, we like to think Bill can sort it out... at least that's the theory! posted 2011-Mar-16, 2:32 pm AEST O.P. Paint, gutters, landscaping, deck... all the outside things! Can you advise please? It is difficult to give you a concise answer Brenda without knowing exactly how soft the stems have become and when the softening process started. I have been told that some type of yuccas you can plant in your front yard all of a sudden you have one in the back yard. What other treatments have you given the plant: none. ; Also, is it possible to divide it into three separate plants? Do not try and pull the leaves off the tree as this could easily damage the main trunk and also the flower heads. This woody shrub has a starchy tuberous root that is a staple food in the tropical regions where it grows. This page has been archived and is no longer updated. Learn to grow, care and use. I guess it depends where you are, but everything Ive read is that YES Yucca is invasive and once you plant it, you had better love it because its a nightmare, if not impossible, to get rid of. Leaf spots sometimes infect Yucca but do no real harm to the plant. We have removed 2 yucca plants and new yuccas continue to grow in the same spots. Hope this helps. This US native plant has many species and varieties that grow well in our gardens (e.g., Yucca aloifolia, Yucca filamentosa, Yucca gloriosa). I know it sounds weird to walk your foundation perimeter once a month but that's how you catch issues before they get out of hand. I understand they have rhizomes... would I just cut those off? What a great site, you have converted me from an tv gardener to a physical gardener! All the plants I have planted in those spots seem to either not be doing well or dying. If you press the main trunk and it is still firm there is a good chance that your Yucca will survive. I have a Yucca plant that was perfectly healthy but over the winter months developed yellow leaves at the base. posted 2011-Mar-16, 2:32 pm AEST ref: whrl.pl/RcGkaX. Roots of a yucca like that won't heave a house. Be the first to answer! Do I cut the flower back to its beginning when it has wilted or leave it to die back itself? Therefore, ridding the garden of this determined grower involved more than just learning how to remove a yucca plant. The damaged leaves will not recover but you can cut back the main trunk and providing it is still healthy new shoots will appear during the spring/summer months. 1. An Agave! If you require a smaller variety I would suggest Yucca Filimontosa which grows to approximately two feet Both varieties recommended are very hardy and will tolerate the British weather. Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. Whirlpool Enthusiast reference: whrl.pl/RfffaC. You will usually find that subsidence occurs on shrinkable clay soils and this is due to hot summers and also the roots taking water reserves from the soil but, the problem is not as great on non shrinkable soil types such as sandy and clay soils. Branches are likely to die off but not fall straight away. are known for their extreme drought tolerance, sword-like leaves and bell-shaped flowers. Yucca glauca, sometimes called "soapweed," is not to be confused with soap-tree yucca.This plant is suitable for zones 3 to 10. They look roughly like short fat green bananas, thus the name. The yucca root system remains compact, extending as the clump expands. How far down will I need to dig? I have trimmed it right back. Please advise thank you : Answer from NGA June 13, 2002. ; I would suggest that you should try with one shoot - which needs to about 12-18 inches high and, if you plant this as suggested above; there is a possibility that your plant will root and start to grow. It is in leaf all year, in flower from May to June, and the seeds ripen in September. I keep it outside in a large pot. Termites are drawn to moisture, not surprisingly, and your exterminator told you it is too close to your house because any plant that close to your house is a source of potential moisture that can attract termites. Yucca flaccida derives its species name from the fact that its leaves stand fairly limp (those on most yucca plants are rigid); it grows in zones 4 to 10. posted 2018-Oct-12, 7:40 pm AEST ref: whrl.pl/RfffaC. It is in leaf all year, in flower in August. Older leaves -wither and turn brown, hanging around the lower trunk (Christman 2004). Is the plant indoors or outdoors: outdoors. It seems very odd Stacey that over the past few days all three stems on your Yucca have suddenly started to droop and wilt and, this can be caused by overwatering or a soil borne pest which is damaging the roots and, it would be well worthwhile to check the soil for pests such as vine weevil grubs (these grubs are pinkish white in colour and approximately one quarter to half an inch long) but it seems highly unlikely that the grubs are the problem with your Yucca being an indoor plant. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs). I have a Yucca Gloriosa in a pot on my patio. Yucca Plants love to be situated in a sunny position and in a well drained soil. If they are soft and mushy obviously the frost has got into them. The roots spread at least as far as the most distant tips of the branches, and invasive tree roots often spread much farther. If I could start by saying that if you intend to dig up your Yucca Plant it is important that you do not do too much damage to the roots of the Magnolia when removing the Yucca. Top. palmtreoz. I agree it's a pretty specimen, and I'm so glad to hear our tree trimmer made good cuts! But, I would be inclined to wait until spring/early summertime for dryer conditions before using the sealing compound. Native to hot and arid climates, they are considered an invasive species in many areas, where they should be confined to containers. I have been told that some type of yuccas you can plant in your front yard all of a sudden you have one in the back yard. Im thinking that next to a pool would just give the roots a nice cool, damp run that they would thrive on. Asked by Wiki User. My garden here has lots of nice plants, in particular a beautiful, pink magnolia and a 12 ft. tall, straight, 1-stem yucca. Yucca filamentosa and Yucca gloriosa are not classed as invasive or a weed, this includes all yuccas. I have a yucca filamentosa Golden Sword which has flowered. We were away for 3 weeks and I did not leave the heating on whilst we were gone and so the house was quite cold when we got back - since coming back and putting the heating on again the leaves have wilted, some have gone brown on the ends and all of the others seem to be starting to go yellow - do you think this is as a result of the temperarture changes and is there anything I can do to restore good health? 1. The exterminator did not say anything about the plant attracting termites (although I can understand that), he specifically said the danger is from the roots heaving the concrete. Water the plant well in and if your Yucca is not too large and to cut down on transpiration loss you can cover the whole Yucca with a clear polythene bag for approximately two to three weeks as this will help to stop the leaves from wilting. menu Whirlpool Go to navigation. Yucca elata, or soap-tree yucca, is a tree form that can reach 15 feet tall.It can be grown in zones 5 to 8. If you do cut your Yucca hard back so that the trunk is approximately one foot from the ground it will in time shoot again. Please advise thank you : Answer from NGA June 13, 2002. It will however need to be placed in a sunny but sheltered spot. The yucca root system remains compact, extending as the clump expands. Propagating from cutting. The plant has a very bitter taste, which generally makes it unpalatable to house pets, but the plant is more dangerous to grazing animals that are chronically grazing and eat around the yucca. Thx for the comments! So it is advised to plant Yucca in a pot or large container to avoid the root … ENJOY EVERY SANDWICH Signs? It is in leaf all year, in flower from July to August. Yes No. You will always find with Yuccas Bernadette that some of the leaves do get sun scorched damage and these leaves can be cut back to the trunk. Yucca is rich in antioxidants that neutralize free radicals which prevents cell damage and oxidative stress. It is … last updated: 13/05/2008 at 14:26created: 07/03/2007. I think we'll keep the crepe myrtle as I don't want the expense of removing it, unless a landscape designer comes up with a super stunning design that calls for removal. How do I get rid of them and do the poison the soil or cause other plants planted in their spots not to grow? Les yuccas semblent à ce jour ne pas représenter une menace telle qu’elle est définie dans les textes concernant les invasives. Dec 18, 2014 - Yucca. redsquirrel Posts: 12169 Joined: Thu Feb 26, 2009 8:35 pm Location: bristol Contact: Contact redsquirrel. Is this a valid concern? Ok, so my advice is just intended to be my personal opinion so take it as that. 2 feet in height, I have accidentally snapped the plant off at the base Firstly, will the plant re-grow and secondly, is there anything I can do to save the snapped off piece? How deep are mango tree roots? The fashionable yucca plant is to blame for a spike in gardening-related ear injuries, new research has found. It's fine. It is hardy to zone (UK) 7. The top half can be repotted into a large container as the shoots are reasonably easy to root. Also they do not like to be over watered, it is far better for Yuccas to be kept slightly dry rather than too damp. If you are moving house in the very near future (October) it is going to be difficult for your Yucca to establish over the winter months and you will probably to keep the shoot protected in a greenhouse or a cool porch. And, as you have already mentioned it could also be the result of temperature change on your return home. I put it outside on a very nice weekend but it unfortunately frosted overnight. Some cracks have appeared in one of our external house walls. yucca roots/plants- how big do they go? Before pruning if you could send me a photograph of your Yucca to BBC Radio Lancashire I will be able to advise you where you need to prune. There's room for an umbrella stand in the corner, a couple of things waiting to go up the stairs, etc. Many species also bear edible parts, including fruits, seeds, flowers, flowering stems, and more rarely roots. References to yucca root as food often arise from confusion with the similarly pronounced, but botanically unrelated, yuca, also called cassava or manioc (Manihot esculenta). There are many forms and varieties of … The term sisal may refer either to the plant's common name or the fibre, depending on the context. Small snails are now living in there! Yucca, Yucca filamentosa, has slowly been encroaching on one of my prairie areas.Yucca filamentosa is a North American native plant originally confined to the south-eastern portion of the United States. Your Yucca plants will have taken quite a lot of the nutrients out of your soil and therefore before replanting you will need to work in plenty of well rotted manure to improve the soil texture and you will also need to give a liberal dressing of a general base slow release fertiliser - such as GrowMore - John Innes base fertiliser or VitaxQ4. I have a large yucca type plant, doing very well in the garden. Please can you tell me about yucca plants. Yucca Plants are quite an easy plant to grow and during the summer months you will need to water frequently and I would also suggest liquid feeding with a general fertiliser. If it was going to cause problems, I'm pretty sure it would have already done so. Find out more about our fascinating history. Mist spraying the leaves with tepid water approximately once a day will help to alleviate this problem by increasing humidity. You will need Tracey to keep an eye on the small hole in the main trunk of your Yucca plant and if it does start to become larger it is obviously becoming the nesting place for a mouse/vole. Its foliage color is best from fall to spring. Also, I do not know if it is a code violation for the switch to be that close to the corner and that would worry me too. invasive roots. Hesperaloe is a member of the Agave family that grows as an evergreen, clump-forming perennial without an above-ground stem. 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