How to Prune a Dead Flower Stalk From a Yucca Plant

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How to Prune a Dead Flower Stalk From a Yucca Plant
Trimming dead stalks keeps yuccas looking attractive. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

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)

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  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

    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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