Yucca plant Needs Help

Hi, I have my yucca for a few months. During the summer I watered it twice a week. I never put water on the soil, but at the base of the plant and when the water runs out, I put some more. Lately, since it’s colder outside my plant has more and more dry leafs. Also, my plant is next to a window which is left open a few hours a day, therefore there might be a bit of a draft. Is it normal to have more and more dry and yellow leafs? Thanks.

Hi Georgiana,


You are definitely over-watering your Yucca Plant!!!!! A Yucca Plant originates in the deserts of Mexico and Guatemala so it likes to be kept dry. Allow at least the top 50% of the soil of a Yucca Plant to dry out before watering. Too much water is the main and probably the only way to kill a Yucca Plant. Yucca plants do best in warm temperatures (no cold drafts), very bright light, and practically dry soil. I water my large yucca every other week. I water from the top and then do not water again for at least two weeks or more in the winter). Never allow a yucca to sit in water. The roots stay wet all of the time and eventually rot which is what is happening to your plant. I think you should take it out of the pot; get rid of all the wet soil; allow it to sit out bare root for at least 24 hours; and repot in new dry soil. Be very careful with your watering. A yucca can always recover from too little water, but will die from too much!