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How to transplant yucca plants

The yucca isn't native to the UK but some varieties grow well when placed in a sheltered, sunny garden with a south-eastern aspect. Though yucca plants have edible fruit, they are typically grown strictly for ornamental purposes due to their stark silhouettes and massive flower blossoms. Yuccas can be easily planted and grown by transplanting a yucca plant from an established garden or pot. Incorporate the transplant into your landscape for an exotic and hardy addition to your garden.

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  1. Select a location where you wish to place the transplanted yucca. Yuccas do best in dry, well-drained soil in areas that receive full sun. Take a shovel and break apart the soil into loose lumps.

  2. Use the shovel to dig around your yucca plant. If you are transplanting just a portion of the yucca plant, break off one of the yucca's rooted stalks. If you are transplanting the entire plant, dig straight down with the shovel. Work your way at an angle toward the centre of the yucca plant. Try to keep most of the roots intact, although yuccas are extremely resilient and will quickly regenerate a root system.

  3. Replant the yucca in the spot you chose earlier. Bury the yucca stalk or entire plant to the depth that it was originally, using the dirt line on the plant's stem as an indicator. Make sure the plant is oriented in the same direction as it was originally. The plant will have become more sun tolerant on certain sides and reorienting the plant can result in sun burns on its leaves.

  4. Cover the yucca plant with a shade cloth. You can buy this at most nurseries or garden centres.

  5. Water around the yucca plant until the soil is damp to the touch. Avoid over-watering, evidenced by pools of water. Water daily until the plant sprouts new growth on its stems. New growth means the plant is established in its new spot. When you see new growth, remove the shade cloth and reduce watering to once or twice a week.

  6. Tip

    Unlike many plants, yuccas are very hardy and can take substantial abuse during the transplanting process.

    Yucca plants grow best in the south of the UK. They also do well when potted and placed in a conservatory or on a sunny patio.


    Yucca plants can be very invasive and may be difficult to remove. Consider this when selecting a location to plant your yucca.

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Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Shade cloth

About the Author

Joshua Duvauchelle is a certified personal trainer and health journalist, relationships expert and gardening specialist. His articles and advice have appeared in dozens of magazines, including exercise workouts in Shape, relationship guides for Alive and lifestyle tips for Lifehacker. In his spare time, he enjoys yoga and urban patio gardening.

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