All Things Gardening forum: Operation Yucca Rescue

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Name: UrbanWild
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Jul 7, 2017 10:35 AM CST
I have always been fascinated by Yucca spp. from the ethnobotany to the natural history (yucca moth/yucca symbiosis). The acquisition for the garden plan was planned from the start. I had hoped to salvage 1 or more species as I had helped others do the same in the past.

Then about a month or two ago I saw an add for them. After repeated odd emails the person who was eager to have them dug from her yard became noncommunicative and seemed to have vanished. We were back to just having them on the wish list.

Two days ago just before dusk, I drove through my alley and swore I saw some yucca leaves in a large pile of vegetation waste set out by someone renovating a property. I made a mental note to return but got so busy in my own repairs I forgot. Late yesterday I again drove through the alley and this time I stopped. They were roughly dug. Most roots were severely broken, and the plants looked rough. But I remembered being successful with similarly handled yucca plnts at my parent's house years ago so we got to work. The 1st picture is the haul, the 2nd after trimming and getting them in tubs just before dark. Hope to plant this weekend...need find a way to squeeze them somewhere as we don't have any areas dug yet. Anyway, fingers crossed...

The pile...
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After a little trimming and placing in water...

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Name: greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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Jul 7, 2017 4:53 PM CST
Congratulations for saving the plants. Good job. Hurray!
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Name: Gary
Wyoming MN (Zone 4a)
Jul 7, 2017 5:00 PM CST
Great job! They really look good now!

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