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Name: Michelle
Pleasant Lake MI (Zone 6a)
Region: Michigan Canning and food preservation Keeper of Poultry Herbs Organic Gardener Butterflies
Garden Ideas: Level 1
Jun 27, 2016 2:29 PM CST
Hello, I have several beautiful bushy yucca plants in my yard that sadly, need to be planted elsewhere due to the dead tree that needs to come down right next to them. I would rather replant them than chance the tree falling on them and killing them, also I will be re-doing the section of the yard they are in. The question is--I read somewhere that yucca will die when replanted, is this true? These things are glorious, they have flowered twice in the year I have lived here. Is there a way to replant them elsewhere without killing them?
Thanks in advance!
Is treise an dúchas ná an oiliúint.
(Nature is stronger than nurture)
Name: J.R. Baca
Pueblo West Co. ( High Dessert (Zone 6a)
Jul 21, 2016 4:08 PM CST
I work for the local school district here in southern Colorado as a groundsman, and over the years friends and neighbors have asked me to keep my eyes out for certain plants for them. On more than one occasion these plants were Yucca, so I can say this with absolute certainty that they will grow back with little help, but... only after a year or two. Keep in mind, Ma'am that these are local natives replanted in the same environment, so I'm not sure yours are the type that grow here. I don't know if I was all that helpful, but I do know that Yucca's have deep roots, so be ready.
Good luck!
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
Not all who wander are lost
Garden Sages Plant Identifier
Jul 21, 2016 7:12 PM CST
I have transplanted Yucca badly (ended up with no roots!) and they have survived. I don't know where you heard that Yuccas don't transplant but obviously even pieces will survive. Smiling Try to get as many roots as you can and be patient. It will take awhile for them to grow beautifully again but they will.

On another note: People who take down trees for a living can put them right where they want them. There is also the option of taking the dead tree down one piece at a time. If your Yuccas are part of the new planting scheme, leave them where they are.

Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost


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