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Rhode Island
Mar 1, 2018 12:48 PM CST
Tips of our yucca turning slightly brown, plant still seems really healthy otherwise, we only water once a week when soil starts to feel dry about 1/4 inch down. Is it normal for yucca to have slightly brown tips? We have had this plant for roughly a month now.
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Name: Will Creed
Professional indoor plant consultan
Mar 1, 2018 3:09 PM CST
There is no way to avoid a minor amount of leaf tipping, such as yours has now. However, it can become more extensive if it doesn't get enough light and is not watered almost perfectly.

The sharply upward angled leaves reveal that your Yucca cane was grown in very strong sunlight, perhaps even outside. That means it will have some difficulty adapting to reduced indoor light. Try to place it centered in your sunniest window that is completely uncovered during the day. The more light it gets, the better it will do.

Allow the soil to dry about a quarter of the way down into the pot before watering it. I suggest that you remove the loose soil from the surface of the rootball so it will be easier to determine when to water. I hope the pot has a drain hole. It can tolerate some drought, but not constantly damp soil, especially in the reduced indoor light. Better to err on the side of dryness.

Even with improved light and reduced watering you can expect that your Yucca will slowly acclimate by losing some of its older lower leaves and getting more extensive leaf tipping. As long as the new leaves that emerge on top remain healthy, then you are on the right track. Trim off leaves as they start to yellow. Brown tips can also be trimmed off at an angle to make the plant look more presentable.

Please be careful with this plant. The leaf tips are hard and dangerously sharp, especially to eyes.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Mar 1, 2018 3:15 PM CST
To much water.
It is truly amazing how little water they require, especially in winter !
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.

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