Image by Maja Dumat
By Becca Badgett
(Co-author of How to Grow an EMERGENCY Garden)
Growing a yucca plant indoors adds a focal point to a room or works as part of an attractive, indoor display. Growing yucca in containers is a great way to bring the outdoors inside in a large way, although some potted yucca plants are small in size.
Growing Yucca Plant Indoors
More than 20 species of yucca exist. Coloration on yucca plants range from green to bluish with variegations of cream, yellow and white, depending on the cultivar. Yucca plants grow on canes, or large, woody stems.
Once placed in a sunny to partly shaded location indoors, yucca houseplant care is easy. When growing the yucca plant indoors, try to locate it in a partially shaded area of bright, but indirect light for better leaf color. Potted yucca plants may grow in full sun and flourish, but will often have browning tips or white, necrotic spots on the leaves.
How to Care for a Yucca Houseplant
Both yucca plants indoors and outside have low water requirements and are even somewhat drought tolerant.
Light fertilization can help establish the plant when growing yucca in containers, but is not needed for established plants.
Soil may be poor quality, but should be heavy enough to hold the plant upright. It must also be well-draining. For best performance of potted yucca plants, the soil should retain some of the water and nutrients. A 3 to 1 mixture of sand and peat is a good medium for growing yucca in containers.
Division from the offsets, called pups, provides you with more potted yucca plants. Remove the plant from its container (preferably outside) and remove the pup with a clean, sharp cut. Rooting compound may be applied to encourage root development on the baby, but is not necessary in most situations.
Suckers will sometimes appear on canes of potted yucca plants and may also be used for growing yucca in containers. The underground rhizome from which the plant grows can be divided as well.
Yucca houseplant care can include moving the plant outdoors when temperatures have warmed in spring or summer. Frost or freeze can damage the yucca houseplant. When moving growing yucca in containers outside, you should place them in an area with gentle morning sun and afternoon shade.
Now that you’ve learned how to care for a yucca houseplant, add one to a sunny, indoor room. The right yucca houseplant care will make your plant long-lived and help it produce more pups.