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Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
orchidn
Apr 2, 2018 2:23 PM CST
Hello,

I have these two year old Yuccas and they are not doing ok. The stems seem to be hollow and there is no new growth - the leaves are yellow. There is, however, new growth in terms of offshoots. I changed their location throughout the apartment (all windows are facing South) and they do not seem to get better. Is this a case of overwatering? What can I do to help them? Should I re-pot them? Any chance they would heal?

Thank you very much for your help!
Best regards!


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Apr 2, 2018 5:01 PM CST
The canes of your Yucca are dying and already beyond recovery. In a desperate effort to hang in there, it is sending out a small, suckered growth from the base of the cane just under the soil. These suckered growths rarely make it when left as they are.

You might try digging into the soil a bit and severing it from the cane and include any roots that seem to be attached to it. Pot it into a very small 3 or 4-inch pot with a porous potting mix. Keep the soil just barely damp and the plant in a sunny location.

The main canes are no longer viable and should be discarded. Hard to say what caused their demise but it was either not enough light (it needs lots of direct indoor sun) or improper watering.
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Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
orchidn
Apr 2, 2018 5:08 PM CST
Hello WillC,

Thank you so much for taking the time to help me! I will follow your suggestions and keep you posted about my progress with my Yuccas' recovery. I very much appreciate your prompt response and thorough explanation, thank you so much!

Best regards,
Dani



WillC said:The canes of your Yucca are dying and already beyond recovery. In a desperate effort to hang in there, it is sending out a small, suckered growth from the base of the cane just under the soil. These suckered growths rarely make it when left as they are.

You might try digging into the soil a bit and severing it from the cane and include any roots that seem to be attached to it. Pot it into a very small 3 or 4-inch pot with a porous potting mix. Keep the soil just barely damp and the plant in a sunny location.

The main canes are no longer viable and should be discarded. Hard to say what caused their demise but it was either not enough light (it needs lots of direct indoor sun) or improper watering.


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