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Grand Junction CO
Nov 30, 2021 1:04 AM CST
I propagated an off-schute from a stem, & I'm curious if it will stay like a shrub or if it will grow itself a cane given many years.
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Nov 30, 2021 9:34 AM CST
Hi Joezoe;

check this link out:

LOTS of info in there but, back to your question, yes. after about 4 or 5 years it should have a nice "trunk" of its own.
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Nov 30, 2021 10:54 AM CST
Hi Joezoe, Welcome! to

Can you upload a photo of the off-shoot, cutting of your Spineless Yucca (Yucca gigantea) ? I've taken stem cuttings over the years and stuck them in soil where they produce roots rather quickly; lower leaves can be removed to reveal the main stem/cane.
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Grand Junction CO
Nov 30, 2021 11:03 AM CST
Sure, here it is. All the roots you see have been from about 6ish weeks since I put the cutting in, I was surprised it worked first try! Since yucca generally are drought tolerant I don't really understand how putting it straight into water doesn't kill it?
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Dec 1, 2021 2:29 PM CST

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