How Much to Water a Yucca Plant

Updated November 21, 2016

Yuccas are plants that have leaves that resemble swords and long canes that shoot off the main stalk of the plant. While these plants are popular for growing indoors, they can also handle being placed outdoors as well. Take care of your yucca plant by watering it properly to make sure that it grows to its fullest potential and thrives in whatever conditions your space has.


If you are growing a yucca plant indoors, it will need less water than if it was planted in a high heat or intense light area outdoors. Before watering, check the soil to make sure about three-quarters of it has dried. Insert your finger into the soil to the side of the plant, so that the roots are not damaged. Water it so that the soil that was dry is thoroughly moistened. It is unlikely that you will need to water your yucca plant daily.


Yucca plants that are placed outdoors will likely be exposed to more heat and light than those planted indoors. In those types of conditions, water the plant when only about one-quarter or one-third of the soil has dried out. Water so that the dry soil is again moist. Check the plant often to see whether it needs water, especially during heatwaves or drought conditions. Yucca plants that are planted in the ground rarely need watering after they become established, as they have low water requirements. In a drought, water your yucca plant until the top 4 inches of the soil are saturated. Do not water again until the soil is dry again.

Dripping Pan

If your yucca plant is potted in a container, the container likely has a dripping pan beneath it. When you water your plant, some of the water will run through the container and end up in the dripping pan. If you see water accumulate in the dripping pan, empty it. Do not let the plant sit in a puddle of water, especially in lowlight areas. This can result in rotting.


Watch your yucca plant for signs that you have given it too much water. Yucca plants that are overwatered will have drooping foliage. The cane, or the main stem, also will rot. Check the cane at the root line to see if it has become moist and mushy.

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