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How to take cuttings from a yucca plant

Updated November 21, 2016

The yucca plant is native to arid regions in the Southwestern United States and Mexico. It is a member of the lily or agave family, depending on who you ask. In warm climates you may keep the yucca plant outdoors as a perennial. Gardeners who live in cooler climates may choose to keep the plant indoors as a house plant. Yucca plants can be propagated with cuttings. Cuttings from the yucca plant should be taken in the spring or--less ideally--the summer.

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Look at your yucca plant to find the mature--or old--growth. The old growth will feel firmer than the softer new growth of the yucca plant. Do not take cuttings from new growth as it could cause the cut area to rot.

Cut a piece of the mature growth using garden sheers.

Pull off all but a few of the leaves at the top of the cutting. Reducing the number of leaves on the cutting will reduce the amount of moisture loss.

Place the cutting in a cool spot away from sunlight. Do not place the cutting in water or soil. The cut edge needs time to dry out. Leave the cutting in this area for three days.

Fill a pot with potting soil. Leave 1 inch between the soil and the top of the pot.

Dig a small hole--large enough to accommodate the cutting--with a small garden shovel.

Place the cutting into the soil. Give the yucca cutting a small amount of water. You should water the plant once every 7 to 10 days. The yucca should grow roots in about 3 to 4 weeks.


Watch the tips of the yucca plant when you are cutting. The tips can be extremely sharp and may prick you.

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Things You'll Need

  • Garden shears
  • Potting soil
  • Pot
  • Small garden shovel

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