Plant ID forum: Is this a Yucca Cane? If so, how can I help it?

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Seattle, WA
chelkahn
Mar 26, 2018 4:11 PM CST
Hi all,

A friend just passed this guy off to me after it was unhappy in her home. It did not come with care instructions, and I can only guess that it is a yucca cane.

It seems like lots of leaves are dying off - is this normal?

I am also assuming it needs more sunshine, I live in Seattle, but I am giving it the best seat in the house.

Any information would be greatly appreciated!
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plantladylin
Mar 26, 2018 4:38 PM CST
It looks a lot like Spineless Yucca (Yucca gigantea) I've never grown one as an indoor plant so I can't offer suggestions on care or what the issues may be with your plant. Their leaves do turn brown and hang on like is shown with your plant; I'm assuming it's normal because the huge tree in the yard at our old house looked just like that. I would cut off the ones that I could reach but the tree was above the second story of our house and as shown in the below photo, the higher leaves just hung there looking ugly until they fell off.
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WillC
Mar 26, 2018 5:23 PM CST
It is commonly called Yucca cane. It is known in my world as Yucca elephantipes, but botanists may think otherwise!

It appears to be quite healthy, but badly overgrown and in need of pruning. Many of the tallest stems have lost leaves in part due to lack of light. Most of those taller stems are up above the window line where light is greatly reduced. Improper watering can also contribute to leaf dying. I cannot see the pot so I cannot advise you on how you should be watering it. However, it is quite tolerant of dryness.

I suggest that you cut the three (or are there 4?) tallest stems back to about 6 inches above the cane out of which they are growing. As long as those stems are healthy, they will produce new growth starting just below where you make the pruning cuts on each stem. This pruning will eliminate the dead leaves and the bare stem.

You can then cut off the top section of each stem cutting and propagate them if you want. Make each tip cutting leaving about 3-4 inches of bare stem below the lowest green leaves. Discard the middle section of the cut stems.
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Name: Lin
Florida Zone 9b, 10a

Region: United States of America Deer Region: Florida Charter ATP Member Million Pollinator Garden Challenge I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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plantladylin
Mar 26, 2018 5:59 PM CST
Yes, I knew it by it's synonym of Yucca elephantipes for many years. Yucca guatemalensis is another synonym that it also sometimes goes by but apparently the accepted taxonomic name is Yucca gigantea.
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