Question: yucca

Good morning.

I write from Verona where my beautiful yucca plant and I live.

This plant has always enjoyed splendid health, in the apartment during the winter and on the balcony in the summer, not exposed to direct sunlight but covered by an awning. (I state that, however, the sun beats on this balcony only in the morning until about 12.00)

Last summer, in fact, the plant was so well that it had practically an explosion of growth so that it is difficult now to find a place in mine, not a very small one, but a small apartment.

However, everything was fine up to three weeks ago when I noticed that some leaves turned yellow and then became completely dry.

The situation is now worsening ... I would like advice.

Do I have to repot it because now the pot is a little tight since it is so grown?

Do I need to water more ????

In the winter I always watered once a week or so, even adding liquid fertilizer for houseplants, in the summer every day.

Please help me I am very fond of this plant and I would be very sorry to lose it.

I look forward to your precious advice.


Yucca: Answer: yucca

Dear Elena,

Thank you for contacting us about the problem of your Yucca through the Expert's section of "G".

The Yucca also known as "Tronchetto della felicitŠ°" is a plant characterized by having slender, intense green shoots and leaves, which grow directly on a stem similar to a trunk from which the name attributed to them.

They are evergreen plants comprising over 40 varieties, originating in Central America which require, in order to grow properly, the environmental conditions of the country of origin but which are well suited to growing in pots in domestic environments.

Yucca requires modest watering and frequent spraying on the leaves especially with high temperatures and good brightness.

The symptoms that it has decreed (sudden yellowing of the leaves that become dry) can be connected to various factors: light, water and nourishment.

If the watering had been excessive it would have manifested itself with the rotting of the leaves and the stem would have become soft. The repotting must be done every 1-2 years, if it hasn't been done, maybe the roots are too developed.

Most likely the course is caused by a high dryness of the environment and a reduced brightness of the room (the leaves that turn yellow first are the oldest).

For the prompt recovery of the plant, we advise you to check whether the root system is actually too developed, in this case it is necessary to intervene with an adequate repotting.

Move the plant to a more illuminated position and fertilize it regularly.