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Apr 15, 2017 1:58 PM CST
Hi, first post here. I have a much loved yucca (called Sideshow, after the character from the Simpsons) who I've had for twenty years. I confess that I have had him in a very poor position for the last five years, away from windows and he has become a hunchback searching for the light.

The last couple of winters, some of his leaves have yellowed and fallen, which we put down to even less light in the short days. I vowed to repot him and take him outside for the summer to perk him up, and did so about a month ago using a mixture of compost and perlite with a bit of sand.

The problem is since then the leaves on the thinner of his two branches have softened and appear to be dying, and the cane on that branch has become wrinkled and soft. It appears to be dying too. The other larger cane seems ok and the leaves are better than the other one but they are a bit soft too.

I am worried that I overwatered him after repotting but hope that being outside will allow the soil to dry quicker and that the sunlight will help too. The root ball was surprisingly small when I repotted him and lots of tiny black roots were left in the soil despite me being very careful during the process. I have a feeling they may have been rotten, but I don't know.

Sideshow is part of the family and I would be heartbroken if he died. All advice greatly appreciated. Should I cut the smaller cane if it is dying? If so, where? Is it ok to leave him outside as long as there are no frosts? Is there any way to rehabilitate his hunchback? From the photos do you think he'll make it? He looks terrible and I'm really worried. Thanks in advance!

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Name: Anne
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Apr 16, 2017 6:57 AM CST
Hi and Welcome to NGA!

Found a link that addresses your problem!

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