Ask a Question forum: Yucca plant/tree maintenance

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Oct 11, 2017 10:31 AM CST
We have had a Yucca plant/tree for 10 years. It started small and is now over 8 feet tall. It has one trunk at the bottom and then it splits about 1 foot up from the dirt into 5 branches.

One of these branches didn't grow straight up like the rest. Instead it grew up and sideways. Due to it's height and the weight of the leaves, this branch is now not able to hold it's self up.

I tied it up using the rest of the branches to support it all summer however it didn't grow any straighter or stronger and still can't support it's self.

My question is this; What is the best way to either get this branch to support it's self, and if this isn't possible can the branch be cut off without killing the rest of the plant?
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Oct 11, 2017 11:25 AM CST
You can train a branch to go in a new direction but you have to start when its young and pliable and keep at it. That branch will never grow straight. You can cut it off - that is why your Yucca branched in the first place. I can barely see the old cut in the center of the branches. Any branch you cut will re-sprout just below the cut. You can start new plants from the pieces.
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