Why did my banana split soft leaf yucca wilt? - Knowledgebase Question

Sea Girt, NJ
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Question by buddybunch
August 4, 2006
During the last heat wave-about 100 for 3 days straight here in NJ, my yucca wilted. Ie, all the leaves fell limp to the ground. It doesn't look dead yet but I'm wondering what's the problem. I only missed watering for 1 day-it's aobut a month old. I talked to my brother in Delaware and the same thing happended to his. Even my impatiens next to it are o.k. Buddy Robinson

Answer from NGA
August 4, 2006
This plant, like other yuccas, likes heat, needs full sun, requires a well drained soil and is very drought tolerant. It would need very little -- if any -- watering, possibly a deep watering once a week or every ten days while new. (Impatiens on the other hand require relatively a lot of water. Impatiens also do best in partial shade.) Based on your description, I suspect you may have overwatered it and caused some root damage as a result, this would then show as foliage symptoms when stressed by the heat. At this point, I would suggest you cut way back on the watering and hope for the best. I'm sorry you are having troule with it.

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