The spineless Yucca plant, a native of Guatemala and southeast Mexico, is an ideal, easy care houseplant. Yucca plants can be a bush or a stalk plant. The long, leathery, sharply pointed leaves of a Yucca plant are a foot or more in length and about an inch wide. Yucca plants are very top heavy and should always be set into a heavy clay or ceramic pot to prevent them from toppling over. A Yucca plant is poisonous and should be kept away from small children and pets. Read more about common houseplants that can be dangerous in my book Don’t Feed Me to Your Cat: A Guide to Poisonous Houseplants. A Yucca is the type of plant that complements a Southwestern look in your home or office.
When the bottom leaves on a yucca turn light brown and crispy, it usually means the plant needs more water. Be careful not to over do it, but water your yucca a little more frequently.
My suggestion to help your yucca look better is to cut the main stalk off just above the new growth at the bottom. This will encourage lots of new shoots on the cane. Plant the green top section that you cut off, include about 12″ of the stalk, in the bottom of the existing pot. This Yucca cutting should root in about four weeks and you’ll have a great looking plant.
The stems, or stalks, of yucca houseplants get soft and mushy when they are overwatered. Take your yucca out of the pot, get rid of all the wet soil, and allow it to lay out bare root for a day or two. Remove all of the stalk above the mushy part of the stem. Repot in dry succulent soil. The pot should barely fit the roots of the plant. If the roots aren’t totally destroyed, your plant should start sending out new shoots in about a month.