I have a large yucca, and they seem to be very thirsty. It's about 4
foot tall and is in a 5 gallon pot, and I often pour in a whole pint of
water which it seems to asorb entirely. Aparently you should water a
lot occasionally, not a little bit every day because they do like to
dry out in between watering. You'll get used to your plants over time,
I know mine needs one pint of water twice a week and feeding once a
month, but the size of your's means it won't be the same.
Oh, and if you can it would prefer to be in a bathroom or kitchen for
higher humidity, perhaps even a humidity tray under it would help? You
can easily make your own with gravel on a plate.
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On 17 Oct 2003 03:09:54 -0700, firstname.lastname@example.org (amanda) opined:
I have not been successful with yucca indoors, but I can tell you that outside
in the 150 degree sun of Texas I never water them and the tiny one plant has
about ten huge pups which need to be divided off the mom. I water my indoor
plants when I see them start to wilt a bit. More house plants die from over
watering than any other things, combined.
Yucca is a hardy succulent. You can water it whenever you want. It
will tolerate very infrequent watering like in the desert southwest and
thrive with frequent watering like in the rainy northeast. If you don't
want it to grow much, then you can water about once a month. Make sure
that the soil dries out between waterings.
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The Yucca commonly grown as an indoor plant, Yucca elephantipes, is native
to southern Mexico to Central America and is not at all a cold hardy
Yucca are best considered to be xerophytic plants. They are adapted to dry
conditions but are not at all succulent.
If you bought a Yucca to be grown as an indoor plant, you probably have
The major problem with growing this plant is giving it enough light,
especially in the winter. A south or southwestern exposure is necessary.
In the winter, watering it thoroughly once a month is sufficient. It is a
xerophytic plant, so it requires far less water than most "house plants".
My Yucca has grown over a foot in the last year in a very bright eastern
window. Since this is the first I have eer had I am wondering now based on
your comments Ceroeoid - would it grow faster in a southern window? I don't
plan on moving because there are other plants that I need to have in the
south window but just curious?
You don't want the plant to grow "fast". If Yucca don't receive enough
light, the new growth will be weak long slender stems with pale leaves and
very susceptible to disease.
An east facing window is not as bright as you assume. You may want to check
with a light meter to see for yourself.
I believe it is not as bright as a south window. However, it is very healthy
with a strong stem. New growth is always very green - no signs of
etiolation. I will watch it carefully and if I notice it losing colour.
Thanks for your comments. You do know your plants - glad you're around to
help us all out!! Tina : )
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