Yucca Plant Care

Yucca Plant Care - Yuccas & Xeriscaping Tips

Yucca Care Tips For Your Garden

Yucca plant care is actually quite simple, especially if you have yuccas that are used in xeriscaping. The main thing to remember about yuccas is give them plenty of sunlight and don't over-water them.

Most yuccas are hardy and can be grown almost anywhere in the United States. In general, most species are hardy to USDA zones 4-10, and some can go colder.

As you read each of the species pages on this site you’ll see the zone recommendations for that particular plant and there are a couple that have different zone compatibility.

For the most part, though, yuccas are extremely versatile and tough plants.

Yucca Plant Care In Your Garden
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We’ll cover each of the main areas of yucca care in this section. They are a very low maintenance plant, as you will see. This makes them highly attractive not only to people that are xeriscaping but also to people with little time to dedicate to maintaining a garden.


Yucca plant care requires very little fertilization. You want to be sure to not overdo the nitrogen content of their soil, because that will damage them.

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Most yuccas will grow taller than they will grow wide. This makes them ideal for even tight spaces. However, if you are planting several yuccas, you’ll need to keep them at least 5 feet apart because the stalks need room to branch out. The root system for most yuccas will be between 3-5 feet, so spacing them at least this far apart is a good idea. The good news is, because most varieties are tall plants you can fill in the area between them with other flowering shrubbery.

Also, being perennial plants you will not need to dig them up and replant them every year.


Yucca care requires little effort from the gardener, including pruning. There is no real need to prune on a regular basis. Most pruning is simply to rid the plant of dead stalks and leaves. Some people leave the stalks because of their architecture. Really, the choice is yours. Yuccas don’t require pruning, but you may do so to keep the plant tidy.

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Planting yuccas in your garden is easy. Regardless of the type you have, find a place with partial to full sun for most of the year. Yuccas are not big fans of the shade, being mostly desert plants. Make sure they get plenty of sunshine.


A main component of xeriscaping, and a main consideration for yuccas, is soil drainage. These plants do not like sitting in moisture. Good soil drainage is important, because without it they will start to rot.


Most yuccas will take a couple years to mature and bear fruit and flowers. If your plant is not mature water it on a regular schedule for the first year and then taper off the second year. After they are well established they will need infrequent watering.

Additionally, these books have good general advice and help for gardeners new, and familiar, to the yucca and succulent world.

That’s Really All There Is To It!

Yuccas are the kind of plant you put in the ground, check on occasionally, and simply enjoy. While these yucca plant care tips apply to most varieties, I do recommend you check the care instructions for your specific plant:

Blue Yucca - The Blue Yucca is a distinctive plant; blue-green leaves and white flowers make a statement.

Bright Edge Yucca - The bright edge yucca is a smaller version of Adam's Needle and ideal for smaller gardens.

Color Guard Yucca - Leaves of canary yellow turn rose in the winter; can you not add this to your garden?

Joshua Tree - Also known as yucca palms & distinct to the Mojave Desert.

Red Yucca - The red yucca is hardy, colorful, and attractive to bees and butterflies.

Soaptree Yucca - The Yucca Elata is a distinguishable desert landscaping plant; tall and stately.

Spanish Bayonet - The Spanish Dagger is can add ease and natural beauty to your garden.

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