Yucca Won't Bloom - Knowledgebase Question

Flushing, MI
Question by gallocs
August 1, 1999
I have a 4 year old Yucca in my backyard that only bloomed the first year and not since. I live in Michigan and the plant is in full sun.

Answer from NGA
August 1, 1999


It may be that the yucca in your yard is growing in soil that is too rich. If a plant is overfertilized, it is less likely to bloom. If you think about the yucca's native arid, desert environment, you'll see what I mean. You may need to transplant it to a drier, less fertile soil, or put it in a pot so you can control the nutrient supply. Perhaps a root pruning, acheived by slicing through part of the root system with a spade, will persuade it to bloom, as this will also cut down on nutrient uptake.

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