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Philadelphia, PA
uijaz1153
May 14, 2020 2:42 PM CST
Hi,
My boyfriend bought me a small yucca plant (a yucca elephantipes I think) 11 months ago. It's fair to say that I did not give it the proper care and attention it needs. My apartment only gets about 2-3 hours of direct sunlight and I could tell sunlight and moisture was an issue. Anyways, most of the leaves fell off and I was about to throw it away but decided to revisit this.

I was simply going to repot the plant with soil better suited for cacti and invest in a grow lamp but soon discovered black spots underneath the bark. Naturally I started to peel away out of curiosity and see image below. I could not find a lot of information on the net about this, particularly images so I thought I'd share.

Now, there was a small stem attached that has not been infected. I tore it off and put it in the soil hoping it will grow. I have zero experience with plants so was hoping to get feedback on how I could start a new yucca plant with the salvageable remains of the old one.
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oneeyeluke
May 15, 2020 3:23 AM CST
Not enough light is part if the problem. I would start over and not take a chance with the cut above. If you learned what the problem was caused from, then it's not for nothing. Excess moisture with low light will can cause fungus related problems.
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Name: Will Creed
NYC
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WillC
May 15, 2020 9:05 AM CST
That is not a fungus. The discoloration on the cane is dead plant tissue. Presumably the plant died due to inadequate light and improper watering, not a fungus.

Is the second photo what now remains and that you want instructions on how to care for it?
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Philadelphia, PA
uijaz1153
May 15, 2020 9:49 AM CST
WillC,
Thanks for the reply! Definitely interesting to see this discoloration and know what it is. The second image is the plant in its heyday. Like I mentioned, there was a small stem with leaves, most of which died. Not sure if replanting the stem will do anything. It still looks healthy though
Name: Will Creed
NYC
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WillC
May 15, 2020 9:50 AM CST
Can you post a photo of the cutting?
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
Contact me directly at [email protected]
I now have a book available on indoor plant care

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