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How do I Grow a Yucca Gloriosa?

Niki Foster
Updated May 16, 2024
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Yucca gloriosa is an evergreen shrub popular in gardens for its hardiness and structural appearance. It can grow as tall as 9 feet (2.7 meters) and features coarse, long green leaves and white flowers in the summer and fall. Yucca gloriosa can be grown from seeds or cuttings, and once established, the plant is easy to maintain.

Yucca gloriosa prefers sandy soil, but can thrive in nearly any soil type. It is drought resistant and requires direct sunlight. It is also cold resistant, but can suffer damage from snow and dampness.

Yucca gloriosa seeds should be planted in pots in a greenhouse. Soaking them for 24 hours in warm water prior to planting can reduce their germination time, which is typically one month to a year. The plants should have a constant temperature of 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius) while they are growing, and should be kept in a greenhouse or cold frame over their first two winters. When the seedlings are large enough to handle, they should be replanted in individual pots.

Yucca gloriosa should be planted in its permanent position in early summer, and can benefit from the protection of a glass pane during its first winter outdoors. Root cuttings can be taken in late winter or early spring and used to grow more shrubs. Cuttings can also be taken from the top of older plants, and are usually quick to take root when planted in the summer.

Many people chose to plant yucca gloriosa from root or shrub cuttings, rather then growing it from seed. To plant a potted shrub, dig a hole in the plant's permanent position about twice the size of the root ball and deep enough to plant the shrub at the same depth it was in its container. Gently separate the roots and plant it in the hole, filling it in with soil from its container. Mulch and water well.

Yucca gloriosa should be planted where it can receive full sunlight, meaning sunlight for at least six hours a day. Some plants can thrive in partial sunlight, or sunlight from three to six hours a day. After the shrub is established, it is very low maintenance. It only needs to be watered when the soil is completely dry, but it should be watered slowly for a long period of time so that the water permeates the soil. The soil should be allowed to dry out between waterings.

Besides watering, the only care an established yucca gloriosa needs is the removal of dead and discolored leaves to prevent the spread of fungal growth. Established plants can also benefit from fertilization, which should only be applied early in the growing season. This is a long-lasting, low-maintenance plant that can bring beauty to any garden.

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Niki Foster
By Niki Foster , Writer

In addition to her role as a HomeQuestionsAnswered editor, Niki enjoys educating herself about interesting and unusual topics in order to get ideas for her own articles. She is a graduate of UCLA, where she majored in Linguistics and Anthropology.

Discussion Comments

By anon996654 — On Sep 23, 2016

Plant it in a pot with cactus soil and put the pot under a overhang like on a patio or deck.

By Heavanet — On Feb 03, 2015

@raynbow- Layer the ground around your yucca gloriosa plants with a lot of mulch. This will soak up quite a bit of rain, and will prevent your yuccas from getting too much moisture into their root systems and around their stalks.

By Spotiche5 — On Feb 02, 2015

@raynbow- Since yucca gloriosa plants don't like too much moisture, this might not be the best plant for your area if you live in a rainy climate. However, if you already have them in your garden or have your heart set on growing them, there are steps you can take to try to eliminate some of the water your plants are exposed to.

When you have many rainy days each year, it is important to have soil with good drainage for plants like yuccas. Planting them in an area that is on a slope is a good idea, because excess moisture will run away from their roots instead of towards them.

You can also add various things to your soil to keep some of the moisture away from your yucca gloriosa plants. Pebbles or gravel stones are ideal because rocky soil will deliver less water to the plants' roots. Peat moss is also a great soil additive because its porous texture allows it to soak up excessive moisture.

You can also try covering the soil around your yucca plants with waterproof material when you get a lot of rain. Just be sure to remember to remove the covering when the rain stops so that the soil around your yuccas doesn't get too dry.

By Raynbow — On Feb 01, 2015

I live in an area that gets a lot of rain each year. How can I keep a yucca gloriosa plant healthy in spite of the moisture in the soil?

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