The Q&A Archives: Red Yucca

Question: After planting several red yucca in my landscape, they are doing nothing.
They are alive, but just sitting there for around two years now( no blooms). The soil is very fertile and they are mulched. I am wondering if I have them planted too deep. At another spot I have a red yucca planted in red clay. It is doing the same as the others. I have seen red yucca in the upper east Tennessee area that really do well and look nice. Can you give me some tips on how to plant red yucca?


Answer: In my experience, yuccas need to mature sufficiently before they will bloom, sometimes taking a number of years before they are ready, especially if begun from very small starter plants. These plants appreciate full sun all day long, prefer a well drained soil, and do not seem to need supplemental fertilizers and thrive on neglect, although they do not mind the regular care regime given to your general perennial bed or border if that is where they are planted. I think patience is probably the key.

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