The Q&A Archives: Yuccas

Question: I resently asked you if i could put yuccas in a pot and you did not reccomend that i do so, the only reason that i asked was that they are in a high traffic area of our yard. could you please tell me if i could move them to another part of the yard? thank you very much for the information that you are providing me and i wanted to tell you how much i appreciated it.

Brandi DeShazo

Answer: The major concern about growing yuccas in containers is that the root systems will be above ground and susceptible to winter dieback. The roots are hardy to about 20F. If your garden does not get that cold, or if you are willing to wrap the containers to protect the roots during the winter, then you can successfully plant your yuccas in large pots. Since these plants eventually get quite large, you'll want to use something big - a half-whiskey barrel, perhaps.

Fall is an excellent time to plant or transplant yuccas so whether you decide to plant them in containers or move them to another part of the yard, now is the best time.

Glad you find our website helpful. Best wishes with your garden!

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