Plant ID forum: Trouble Identifying Plant Species

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Dewitt, MI
Aug 7, 2017 3:09 PM CST
Hello All,

I have recently come across a plant that needed a home, but I am having difficulties finding out exactly what kind of plant it is in order to research its needs.

If anyone could help me identify what species plant this is, please help!

Thank You!
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Name: Will Creed
Professional indoor plant consultan
Aug 7, 2017 4:55 PM CST
Your rescued plant is a Yucca elephantipes. It was probably grown indoors where the light is much less intense. I suggest you keep it indoors in front of a sunny window or outdoors in shade. It should be moved indoors when temps drop below 50 degrees F. I'm sure you will be told to repot it, but I don't think that is necessary. If you do repot, keep the rootball intact and move it into a pot one size larger and make sure it has a drain hole.

This Yucca will benefit from pruning now or in the not too distant future. Each of the stems will continue to grow taller, but will not add any new shoots or leaves on the lower stems. Pruning the stems back is the only way to keep it from growing too tall.

Allow the top inch of soil to dry between thorough waterings. Fertilize sparingly. It tolerates low humidity very well.
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Dewitt, MI
Aug 7, 2017 6:13 PM CST
Will C.,

Thank you so much for the detailed information and speedy response! You have really made me a believer in this forum as a great gardening resource! Hurray!

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Aug 8, 2017 7:59 AM CST
Agree that it looks like Yucca elephantipes/gigantea:
Spineless Yucca (Yucca gigantea)

There would be no inherent benefit to the plant by cutting part of it off, but also agree that if/when it threatens to outgrow the space you have available for it, pruning will reduce its' size. It looks beautiful to me as-is.
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