The Q&A Archives: Yucca Catastrophe

Question: Hello, please can you help me, this is an emergency. I have a yucca plant (I got it 18 years ago when I was a student and its the only plant I've managed to keep alive), which has had an accident. I was moving it and the stalk bent over and split, its about 25% still joined on. The leaves at the top are going strong, but it has only one (quite gangly) part where the leaves are growing which is an offshoot of the main stalk that broke. Is there any way of saving it? I'm very sad as I have just realised I'm emotionally very attached to it. In hope you can help.

Answer: Without seeing the damage, I can only offer general advice. Try using a splint (a couple of thin pieces of wood like you get at a hardware store for stirring paint). Have a friend hold the splints on either side of the damaged stalk and then gently but firmly wrap it with a stretchy material - old pantyhose would be perfect. With any luck at all the stem will callous over and in time you'll be able to remove the splint.

Hope this works!

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