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Officeplants
Feb 28, 2017 6:38 AM CST
Hello,

At our office we have a Yucca plant. We were wondering if someone would be able to help us understand what is happening to it. None of us hear particularly know whats going on. Its leaves at the bottom of the tree are yellowing and we wonder if this means the tree is dying? It gets watered once a week till soil is damp and has access to sunlight but is not in direct sunlight the leaves above are fine but the ones below yellow with a brown tinge too them. And the yellowing is encroaching further up the tree.
Thank you to anyone who can help us.
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Dutchlady1
Feb 28, 2017 8:14 AM CST
Welcome! Officeplants.
My guess is - it's too wet. A plant should never sit in water (unless it's a bog plant, obviously). Try watering less, and always drain the standing water from the dish.
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AlyssaBlue
Feb 28, 2017 8:29 AM CST
I'm going to say it's most likely root bound because of the teeny tiny pot. If you remove it from the pot, are the roots highly visible and wrapped around the bottom? If so, it needs to be moved to a bigger container, very soon.

Officeplants
Feb 28, 2017 8:45 AM CST
Thank you both for your helpful responses. How often would you suggest to water the plant? And we will check about the roots now. Smiling
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Calif_Sue
Feb 28, 2017 11:00 AM CST

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Yucca plants indoors and also when growing outside have low water requirements and are even somewhat drought tolerant so check the top few inches of soil and when it's dry, then water again.

Yucca plants also need soil with excellent drainage. Yuccas are very susceptible to diseases such as root rot when left in saturated soil.
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tarev
Feb 28, 2017 11:17 AM CST
Hello Officeplants, I think your Yucca is getting way overwatered, and needs more light.
It is normal too for this plant to lose its older leaves below.

Grown indoors, the plant is not growing at optimum level, since it grows better in full sun and is quite drought tolerant. If it were mine, I would lessen watering frequency for now. So just remove too the yellowed, dried out leaves, adjust watering, and as long as it is growing new leaves from the tip/center, it should continue to endure.

Once every two weeks thorough watering, just depends how your indoor conditions go, letting the water drain out, do not let it sit in water. If you are uncertain if media is still wet, stick a bamboo skewer into the soil, if it comes out wet, delay watering.

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