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HELP! tony

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brought back from spain a small yucca about 3 inches of waxed trunk,no leaves.placed trunk in water, now have 3 leaf growths coming from trunk. as plant had no other instructions what should i do with trunk now,keep it in water or put into pot.



Hi and welcome to GOY!

Firstly, well done you! You've got it moving so you know it's viable as a plant - you can never be quite sure with some of these 'foreign' things!

Secondly (and these are my thoughts; if we have a Yucca expert on GOY I'm sure they'll jump in and correct me if I'm wrong!) it depends on what's happening at the bottom end of the plant. If you can see some reasonable roots forming - say a cm or more - then I'd pot it into a fairly small pot in a *very* well drained growing medium preferably with a little slow-release fertiliser, put it in a nice bright spot but not full sun, give it a good soak-and-drain and then water sparingly when it gets pretty dry. If there aren't any real roots forming yet, I'd leave it in water for a couple of weeks longer (I assume it's been in water through the winter) - but not for too long otherwise the trunk is likely to start to rot and you'll lose it. If, after that time, it's still not rooting I don't think you have much choice other than to pot it up as above and hope it will root OK in the pot.

Not a definitive answer, but I hope it helps a bit . . .

30 Mar, 2009


You just need to put it into damp compost. years ago I saw a program where they just cut a long stem into 6" segments and popped them into compost. they were then sold to companies like B&Q. i do this when mine get leggy and have had 100% success. I mix a little grit in with normal multi purpose compost and keep it on the drier side of damp.

30 Mar, 2009


I *knew* we'd get an expert in! Thanks, Sbg.

30 Mar, 2009


i wouldnt say expert as there are many plants i cant manage to keep going at all.

30 Mar, 2009

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