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Yucca Plant Care

Yucca Plant Care

Yucca elephantipes, also known as yucca guatemalensis, spineless yucca or giant yucca, is a large succulent that grows in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 9 through 11. It is also widely grown as a houseplant in other areas. The yucca tree has several long, green, sword-shaped leaves sticking out from the top of a brown multistemmed trunk. Indoors the yucca trees get up to 10 feet tall, and outdoor specimens reach up to 30 feet.


Lighting: Yucca plants grow best in bright indirect light. A Yucca can survive indoors in lower light but will need very little water. The slow-growing yucca will be even slower to produce new leaves in low to medium light. An ideal location is near a west, east, or south-facing window.

Water: A Yucca plant originates in the deserts of Mexico and Guatemala so it likes to be kept dry. Allow at least the top 50% of the soil of a to dry out before watering. Overwatering is the main and probably the only way to kill a yucca.

Temperature: A yucca can adapt to temperatures as low as 35° and as high as 90°.

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