How to grow Yucca plants | Growing Yucca | Yucca plants care

How to grow Yucca plants | Growing Yucca | Yucca plants care

Yucca plant (yucca elephantipes)

The 40 to 50 species of the yucca plant (yucca elephantipes) are known for their evergreen, tough, sword-shaped leaves or razor shaped leaves, large terminal whitish flowers. They are native t the dry and hot parts of the Americas and the Caribbean. Adam’s needle (needle palm) is ideal for indoor plants as they are striking and low-maintenance and are also easy to propagate. We have shared with you more information on yucca plants care tips and some super-easy tips and tricks for growing conditions. Delve into the article to learn more.

Yucca plants are slow growers and their toughness is both a vice and a virtue because they are not easy to remove once they are established and takes over its clumping types.

Yucca plants
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Overview Adam’s needle

Scientific name       Yucca filamentosa

Common name       Yucca plants, Adam’s needle, Spanish bayonet, Spanish dagger, and needle palm

Plant type                 Evergreen perennials shrub

Sun                              Bright, indirect sunlight

Soil                               Sandy

Soil pH                        5.5- 7.5

Flower color             white, pink

Blooming time         Midsummer – early fall

Zone                            4-11

How to Grow Yucca plant

You can plant the seeds indoors any time but should plant the seeds in spring outdoors. Spring temperature should be 55 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit, wait until temperatures are 66 to 75 degree Fahrenheit for more tender varieties.

Where to plant?

Select an area where the plant can be appreciated, but not an area where the spine and sharp leaves get congested and bump into each other. Plant them away from play areas and walkways because massive root structures can grow over time and may crack the retailing walls, irrigation pipes, etc.

How to plant seeds?

Soak the seed for 24 hours before planting them to help with germination. Plant them at a depth of one to two seed lengths and keep the seeds moderately moist. The signs of germination can be seen in about 3 to 4 weeks. Transplant the seedlings into a permanent location after about 8 weeks.

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Although the yucca plant does not require high-quality soil, they need well drainage. So, the pot in which the plant is plotted should be heavy and strong enough to hold the plant upright.

Yucca plants care

Adam’s needle plant requires low maintenance and very little water.

Yucca plants care
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Adam’s needle plants require bright, indirect sunlight to grow and should be planted in a partly shaded area. They should be planted to a west-facing window because if they are kept in low light, the leaves may suffer, fewer flowers will bloom and the plant will grow thinner.

And, outdoor needle palm plant prefers dry soil which has full access to the sun.


Naturally, yucca plants grow in dry, sandy deserts. Therefore, the plant requires a loose, well-drained potting mixture. The plant requires soil such as a succulent or cactus mix. By combining regular potting mix with equal parts coarse sand, you can make your own potting mixture.


The needle palm plant is highly sensitive to water-logging and requires very little water. In the spring and growing season, water the plant regularly but make sure that the plant dries between watering and has good drainage. Make sure that you never leave the plant sit in a tray of water.

Since the yucca plant is tolerant to drought-like conditions, that is why they are susceptible to overwatering. They will require very little water in winters.


You can move your indoor yucca plant outside when temperatures have warmed in spring and summer. The optimum temperature for the plant is between 13 to 27 degrees Celsius. In summer, it is beneficial to keep them on the balcony or the yard outside.


A yucca elephantipes growing in an 8-inch pot should be fertilized about every three months. The best fertilizer for the yucca plant is time-release nitrogen because it will boost the growth and also encourage the blooms to form.

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Growing yucca from seeds  – wikiHow

One popular variety is grown as an indoor plant – plant care today.

Yucca plant requires low maintenance-

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