Ask a Question forum: Office Yucca

Views: 386, Replies: 5 » Jump to the end

Feb 28, 2017 6:38 AM CST

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.
Thumb of 2017-02-28/Officeplants/6086d9
Thumb of 2017-02-28/Officeplants/ba947b
Thumb of 2017-02-28/Officeplants/5306b1
Thumb of 2017-02-28/Officeplants/b37eb1

Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
Plumerias Photo Contest Winner: 2015 Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator Region: Florida Cat Lover Garden Sages Cactus and Succulents Tropicals
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.
Ohio (Zone 5b)
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.

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
Name: Suzanne/Sue
Sebastopol, CA (Zone 9a)
Sunset Zone 15
Plant Database Moderator Region: California Cottage Gardener Roses Irises Clematis
Garden Photography Keeper of Poultry Hummingbirder Bee Lover Butterflies Houseplants
Feb 28, 2017 11:00 AM CST


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.
My gardening Blog!
Hand sewn wares and vintage finds in my Etsy store. Summer Song Cottage
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
Always count your blessings in life
Cat Lover Houseplants Plays in the sandbox Region: California Orchids Plant Lover: Loves 'em all!
Composter Cactus and Succulents Dragonflies Hummingbirder Amaryllis Container Gardener
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.

« Homepage
« Back to the top
« Forums List
« Ask a Question forum
Only the members of the Members group may reply to this thread.

Member Login:



[ Join now ]

Today's site banner is by dirtdorphins and is called "Cedrus atlantica"