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By Wendyhb

United Kingdom Gb

I have cut down four stems of my frost damaged yucca and I would like to keep one straight stem of about one metre and remove the last damaged one which is still standing. The plant is about twenty years old and has about twenty new shoots. My question is, should I rub off all the lower shoots before they become too large? I live 500 metres from the sea at Herne Bay Kent.
Hope you can advise. Wendy.



Is it a yucca or a cordyline, Wendy ?

Google both and check and we can advise from then on, yuccas are large shrubs, about 7' tall with tall stiff stems of large creamy white flowers.

Cordylines are taller thinner plants with growth at the top of it - lots have got frost damaged with the winters low temps.

12 Jun, 2011


i wouldnt cut the new growth of if they are cordalines as i suspect they are . not just yet anyway . your stem you choose may suffer next winter leaving you nothing and you can cut them of anytime in the future if the winters get warmer again .

13 Jun, 2011

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