Yucca Elephantipes

Latin name

Yucca elephantipes (2pp)

Pronounciation

(“YUK-ah ell-eff-an-TY-peez”)

Common name

Yucca elephantipes

Origin

Southern Mexico and Central America

How easy is it care for?

Yucca elephantipes is a specimen plant used for the architectural value of its leaf clusters, sprouting from upright or branched trunks of varying height. It is suitable for bright sunny indoor areas. Indoor Yucca plants are produced by lopping off stem sections from mature specimens. Once rooted, clusters of long, leathery leaves sprout from buds hidden in these truncated stems. In time, these form long branches, which give the plant a great deal of character. Yucca leaves are usually deep green with rough edges although variegated types are also available. Yucca’s occasionally flower, producing clusters of creamy-white bell shaped flowers. In their native countries, Yucca’s have been used as a source of medicine, food, fibre and even as a soap-like substance that is made from the crushed roots. All our potted plants come in compostable coir pots.

Caring for your plant

Light

High – very high

Watering

Water sparingly and allow the soil to dry out between watering

Pruning

Long leggy branches can be cut back, which will allow dormant buds lower down the stem to break and produce new whorls of leaves

Feeding

Add a little dilute fertilizer to water when watering

Pest & Diseases

Mealybugs, scale insects and two-spotted spider mite are occasional problems, especially in warm conservatories. These should all be removed by cleaning the plant with a cloth or paper towel. Be careful around the sharp edges of the leaves. Plants kept in humid conditions, or which are misted, are prone to infection with Botrytis and mildew, which can be difficult to control and may prove fatal to the plant

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Mill Road,
Henham,
CM22 6AA

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