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 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 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!