Over- watered Yucca Gets Brown and Yellow Leaves

Hi Judy,

I just got a new plant but don’t know what it is or how to care for it. The leaves are drooping and then drying up. (see pictures) What should I do?


Hi Betty,

Your plant is a succulent plantLearn how to grow and care for succulent plants at Houseplant411.com called a Yucca. From the picture, it looks like the tips of the leaves are turning brown with a yellow border. Is that right?? If so you are over-watering the plant. Yuccas need to be in bright lightVery few houseplants should be placed in direct sun. High light refers only to bright indirect light since direct sun often burns the leaves of indoor houseplants. An area that is too hot and dry encourages Spider Mites and causes blooms to quickly fade. A northern exposure really doesn't provide enough light for high light plants. These plants need to be placed directly in front of an east-facing window, within 1-3 feet of a west-facing window, and within 5 ft. of a south facing window. A high light area has over 300 ft. candles of light. and the soil should totally dry out before you water. As the plant gets older, the leaves tend to droop down. Your type f Yucca is a stalk plant, so it is perfectly normal for it to lose its bottom leaves. There are complete instructions for a Yucca in the Popular HousePlant section of the website. There is a product called superthriveSuperthrive combines vitamins and hormones to encourage plant growth both above and below the soil line. It's not a plant food so it needs to be used in addition to your regular plant food; the two can be used at the same time. Just put a few drops into your watering can & that's all that's needed to improve the health & appearance of your plants. If your plants are in real trouble, add about 10 drops per 2 gallons of water. SuperThrive works best when the soil is dry.     that does wonders for stressed plants. You can read about it in the Glossary of the website. You can also read all about Succulent PlantsLearn how to grow and care for succulent plants at Houseplant411.com in the Glossary.