The Q&A Archives: Why did my banana split soft leaf yucca wilt?

Question: During the last heat wave-about 100 for 3 days straight here in NJ, my yucca wilted. Ie, all the leaves fell limp to the ground. It doesn't look dead yet but I'm wondering what's the problem. I only missed watering for 1 day-it's aobut a month old. I talked to my brother in Delaware and the same thing happended to his. Even my impatiens next to it are o.k. Buddy Robinson

Answer: This plant, like other yuccas, likes heat, needs full sun, requires a well drained soil and is very drought tolerant. It would need very little -- if any -- watering, possibly a deep watering once a week or every ten days while new. (Impatiens on the other hand require relatively a lot of water. Impatiens also do best in partial shade.) Based on your description, I suspect you may have overwatered it and caused some root damage as a result, this would then show as foliage symptoms when stressed by the heat. At this point, I would suggest you cut way back on the watering and hope for the best. I'm sorry you are having troule with it.

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