Question: Sick Yucca
We have a beautiful yucca in the garden, about 1.70 cm tall, which has so far enjoyed good health. Recently, however, the stem has begun to show signs of erosion, as if it had been attacked by a parasite. Progressively, the trunk dried up and the plant completely lost its upper foliage. My wife then picked up the part above and planted it and land, hoping it will take root. The problem is that there is still no root system. What do you think? Can any roots be reformed or is the plant relentlessly lost? Thanks for your opinion.
Giuseppe Giovagnoni- Rome
Answer: Sick yucca
in general yuccas tend to root easily from the stem; in fact often the long stems are divided into several portions, to produce plants of different heights. Much however depends on some factors:
- Cuttings tend to take root more quickly if they are prepared in late summer or early spring; wet and cool periods favor the development of most plants.
- The soil in which the cutting is placed must be kept moist until signs of shoots or new roots are seen.
- when the cold arrives, the cuttings must be moved to a sheltered, not excessively cold place.
Try to check that the stem is taking root; if nothing has happened, change the land where it was placed, using a fresh, fertile compound that retains a little humidity. Cut your yucca cutting at the base, so as to discover fresh tissue, and immerse it in the radical hormone, before burying it. Yuccas root easily, but not quickly; maybe it's just a matter of waiting for spring.
But didn't your plant have any side shoots to pick up?