The Q&A Archives: reducing # of Yucca plants

Question: We have yucca for the first time and it is multiplying and taking up too much room. We'd like to reduce the number of plants but the growth is so thick that I can't figure out what to do. I can't tell if they are coming off one trunk or if they are coming from rhizomes(?)This plant does not grow on a tall trunk or maybe it has no trunk. It is so thick that I just can't get amongst the individual plants to tell what to do. Sounds like I'm a wimp but believe me, I've cleared land in almost junglelike conditions but it seems I'd need to prune(?) some of the needles(?) to see anything and then pruning those 2-3 foot needles would hurt the appearence of the plant. . Can you give some long distance help? Thanks

Answer: Wayne,

I am sorry for this delayed reply to your gardening question. The spring rush has brought a deluge of questions and we are working hard to catch up!

Those yucca plants are connected at the bottom near or below the soil line. There is not an easy way to thin it out. You'll have to put a long handled shovel with a sharpened edge in between plants as best you can and hit down on it to sever the plants apart. Pre-pruning the sharp leaves will definitely help. I suggest pruning the leaves on the plants that you are removing so the remaining plants are left unblemished.

Thanks for the question. Best wishes for a wonderful gardening season. Please stop in again soon!

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