Yucca Houseplant Dying

I recently purchased a Yucca from IKEA around 3 months ago and everything was fine until I decided to re-pot it about a month ago. Since then, the leaves have been turning brown and crunchy towards the bottom at a very fast pace. New leaves continue to grow but even they start turning brown after a few days. I’m removing the dying leaves quite frequently – about every week. Could it be in shock? If that’s the case, what can I do to fix this? I’ve been watering it about once a week but that doesn’t seem to help.

Hi Natalia,

You are over-watering your plant. First you shouldn’t have moved it to a larger pot. Yuccas need to be in small pots so the soil quickly dries out. These plants need very 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 VERY dry soil. I water my indoor Yucca every 2-3 weeks. Brown leaves mean the roots are rotting and the plant may die if you don’t stop watering. Your container should have drip holes in the bottom and the plant should never sit in water. The soil in the pot should be Cactus soil or regular potting soil with sand added to it. Hope this helps.