Yucca Won't Produce Flowers - Knowledgebase Question

Winston-salem, NC
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Question by vroemer
May 23, 2002
I have many many yucca plants, most are located in full sun. None of them produce the pretty shoots of flowers that I see in other yards. Could you tell me why? I've heard there are male/female yucca plants and the male ones don't produce flowers? If that's not it, do I need to fertilize? Why aren't my yucca plants producing flowers?

Answer from NGA
May 23, 2002
In my experience, yuccas need to mature sufficiently before they will bloom, sometimes taking a number of years before they are ready, especially if begun from very small starter plants. These plants appreciate full sun all day long, prefer a well drained soil, and do not seem to need supplemental fertilizers and thrive on neglect, although they do not mind the regular care regime given to your general perennial bed or border if that is where they are planted. I think patience is probably the key.

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