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By Ram

Ayrshire, United Kingdom Gb

Hi GoY's
I have an Adam's Needle, which seems to be growing well enough now after 2-harsh winters here in SW-Scotland, but I'm unsure whether to remove the decaying bottom stalks? I'm also unsure what to feed the plant with? finally - I was going to place large boulders around the base of the plant, as it seemed a bit shaky after our last cold winter, however as I said earlier, the plant seems to have bounced back???
Any advice greatly appreciated!




It looks like a Yucca to me, maybe a Phormium - never heard of Adams Needle.
If it IS actually one of them you can trim off the lower dead foliage.

17 Jul, 2011


Google tells me that "Adam's Needle" is another name for Yucca filamentosa. I'd tidy up the dead leaves. I don't know about feeding - I would think it's not a hungry plant, as it grows naturally on stony hillsides with zero care, but I'd be happy for an expert to correct me if wrong.

17 Jul, 2011


It looks an extremely healthy plant from here, Yuccas are tough plants so should come through cold winters unscathed.

17 Jul, 2011


Ooooh its lovely, i have 3 of them and found them to be hardy up here, pull off the brown bottom leave,s you will see it forming a "trunk" I water mine and feed once a week with miraclegrow, same as my other plants, i have a big one in a pot, i call it the beast as every time i pass it, it stabs me lol..

17 Jul, 2011


PS. If you need to stabalise it, Tie the leave's up first, then try heeling it in to firm the soil around it, it might work that way..

17 Jul, 2011


Thanks Youngdaisy, Louise1 and Beattie!

17 Jul, 2011


Yep, it just needs the older leaves off to look perfectly healthy.

17 Jul, 2011

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