Yucca Care

Last Updated: September 5, 2022

Basic Yucca Care

Yucca plants are great at adapting to different environments so can deal with a range of light, moisture, temperature and humidity levels that a lot of other houseplant types aren’t able to. Whilst you might be slower growth with less than ideal conditions, you won’t find as many problems as you would with more sensitive plant types.

Below you will find all the information you need to properly care for your Yucca as well as how to diagnose and treat common problems if they do arise.

Detailed Yucca Care

Yucca can grow in all light conditions

One of the best things about caring for a Yucca plant is that it can cope in bright sunlight and dark corners. Be aware though that if growth will be slower in a darker spot.

Good drainage is key for Yucca plants

The one thing a Yucca really doesn’t like is being waterlogged. Make sure that your pot has good drainage holes and you remove any excess water that flows out. Water much less in winter, about once every 3-4 weeks.

Yucca don’t mind temperature extremes

As they are native to the desert, Yucca are used to dealing with extreme daytime heat and cool nights. So don’t worry too much about finding the ideal room temperature.

Only fertilise your Yucca in spring and summer

If you do want to feed your Yucca we highly recommend you only do this in the growth months. Use a soluble liquid fertiliser at half the recommended strength.

The natural humidity of your home is fine for a Yucca

Don’t worry about increasing the humidity for your Yucca plant as it will do just fine with the natural levels in your home. One thing that is important though is that you open the windows regularly to increase the airflow of fresh air.

Repot your Yucca every few years

Yucca are quite slow-growing plants so you don’t need to constantly worry about repotting. If you feel the pot is starting to get a bit small, upgrade it a size. You can also refresh the soil every year or so if you don’t feel it needs a new pot.

Yucca are toxic to pets

Unfortunately, it is best to keep your Yucca away from your dogs and cats as it can cause stomach irritation if digested.

Propagate your Yucca by using offshoots

The easiest way to propagate your Yucca is by replanting offshoots. You can keep the offshoots in water for a few weeks for roots to develop or directly pot them in soil. We recommend doing this in spring to give it the best chance of success.

Yucca Care FAQs

Common Problems for Yucca

Even though they are quite low maintenance, there are a few issues that your Yucca might suffer from. It’s important to know the warning signs so you can deal with the issue as soon as it arises. This will give your plant the best shot at returning to full health.

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