How to care for my Yucca filamentosa

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How to care for my Yucca filamentosa
Yucca filamentosa produces striking white flowers. (Image by Blumenbeine; Flickr.)

Also known as Needle palm or Adam's needle, Yucca filamentosa is the type of yucca that grows low to the ground. When it blooms, it shoots out a stalk that can reach up to 3.6 metres tall. Lovely white flowers punctuate the length of the stalk. After the dramatic flower show and the production of fruit, the Yucca filamentosa dies, leaving behind buds from which new plants will grow. Yucca filamentosa provides an accent to a rock garden or grow it in a perennial bed.

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Things you need

  • Fertiliser
  • Pruning shears

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  1. 1

    Grow Yucca filamentosa in full sun. The plant will tolerate some shade but flowers best when provided lots of sunshine.

  2. 2

    Water the Yucca filamentosa once a month during the hottest part of the summer. Moisten the soil to a depth of 26 cm.

  3. 3

    Fertilise the young Yucca filamentosa in the spring, with a 3-1-2 formula, at the rate suggested on the label. After the plant reaches 2 years of age, stop fertilising.

  4. 4

    Prune dead flower stalks to the base of the plant.

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