A yucca is a dessert plant that can survive in other hot, dry areas of the United States. It grows low to the ground, sometimes on a short trunk, and has long, thin-green spikes with sharp points on the ends. In the spring, the yucca develops a tall, central flower stalk with white flowers clustered along it in a cone. Once the flowers die back, the remaining dead stalk can be pruned off.
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Things you need
- Work gloves
- Long sleeves
- Long trousers
- Safety glasses
- Hand pruners or loppers
- Knife (optional)
Wait until the mid- to late spring and look for a green shoot that emerges from the top centre of the yucca plant spikes. Wait until the white flowers develop and begin to wilt.
Wear long sleeves, long trousers and work gloves. If the yucca plant is taller than waist high, wear safety glasses to prevent injury from the spikes.
Grasp the central dead flower stalk and trace down it as far as you safely can into the centre of the plant. Cut the stalk off with a straight cut, using hand pruners. Long-handled loppers may allow you to cut the stem easier without getting pricked by the leaf tips.
Tips and warnings
- Consider cutting the flowers while they are still in bloom and placing them in a vase indoors.
- Yucca plants do not require pruning other than the removal of the dead flowers stalks.
- If desired, wait until the stalk develops seed pods before cutting it off. The pod can be sliced open and the seeds collected for future plantings.
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