Can a red yucca be pruned? - Knowledgebase Question

Albuquerque, NM
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Question by jfigiel
January 29, 2006
I have had two red yuccas in my yard for the past 3 years. One looks great and big the others leaves have fallen flat to the ground this winter. Can this plant be transplanted, pruned or saved somehow?

Answer from NGA
January 29, 2006
It sounds as though the planting site has become too wet for your yucca. Typically the leaves lay flat when the roots are distressed. It won't hurt your plant to dig it up and transplant it to a higher, drier site. The leaves are damaged anyway, so they'll eventually dry up and you can cut them off. Even if you only dig it up to check the root system and the drainage, you can replant in the same spot if everything looks okay.

Best wishes with your plant!

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