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Question: My husband just bought me a yucca plant (as an indoor plant) and it doesn't seem to be doing well. The leaves are drooping and shriveling. I have trimmed the ones that have shriveled at the base and it still happening. What am I doing wrong? I water it once a week and I also have it under a grow light for 8-12 hours a day because my windows do not offer direct sunlight. The air in my house is dry. Does it have to be misted, or am I watering it too much? I dont think its going to make it.

Answer: Yucca normally grows outdoors in full sun and is a hardy plant so I am a bit surprised you have it as a houseplant. Could it perhaps be a draceana instead? In either case, based on your description I would suspect you might be overwatering it, especially if it is experiencing lower light levels than it was accustomed to before you brought it home. Water so that the soil is moist, not sopping wet, and then wait until the soil has fully dried to about an inch below the surface before you water again. Most plants go through an adjustment period when they change environments, so the leaf drop should stop once it has become acclimated. Also examine it carefully for pests -- check the undersides of the leaves and the stem under a bright light.

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