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The Yucca elephantipes 'Jewel' - Palm lily

Frequently asked questions, FAQ

How fast does the Yucca elephantipes grow?

The Yucca elephantipes is a slow grower, therefore the smaller sizes are already quite expensive. If you are looking for a plant that doesn't grow too big, then the Yucca elephantipes is a good choice.

How do I plant a Yucca elephantipes?

Planting a Yucca is not much different than planting another plant. Try to keep the root ball as damage free as possible. Make sure the root ball is surrounded with a good nutrient soil. We recommend Florentus Mediterranean nutrient soil. Make a hole in the soil or potting soil, deep enough for the root ball. Press the soil well around the root ball and replenish until there is no more ditch around the root ball.

How do I grow an elephantipes from seed?

A Yucca is best sown in a heated environment. This increases the chances of success. Fill a container with sowing and cutting soil, cactus soil is also possible, and place the seeds on the ground. You can throw some grid or sand over it until the seeds have just been covered. Watering should be done very carefully, because the seeds may be washed away. It is best to spray them until they are slightly damp. Put them away warm between 20-25C. Germination can take months!

How often and how much water should a Yucca have?

In principle, a Yucca does not need to have water very often, because it is a slow grower and simply does not consume much. Check the soil every few days that it is not too dry, and make sure that it is wetted until it feels moderately moist. In the summer months it may be soaking wet, but it does not have to.

How to cut the Yucca elephantipes

The Yucca has very long thin leaves, and they can get arid. That's normal. You can just cut off the arid leaves as far as the green part. If you do this crooked, the leaf seems less cut. The Yucca has no problem with this.

How do I take care of a Yucca elephantipes?

A Yucca is an easy plant, but it does like some Mediterranean supplementary feeding (Palm Focus e.g.) Watering is explained above. Make sure the Yucca gets enough light and don't move it too often, because every move the Yucca has to get used to the new spot. Yuccas like a lot of light, so place it in a sunny spot. In winter it may need protection, at extreme temperatures. Then put fleece around the crown of the leaves and pack the pot with bubble wrap.

The Yucca elephantipes 'Jewel' is a beautiful desert plant that can be placed in the house as well as in the garden. But, with winter it needs some protection because it can't tolerate colder than -6 degrees.

This Yucca originates from Central America and southern Mexico, and is also very popular there, because it is a very easy yucca to maintain.

It's a fairly fast growing Yucca that you don't encounter much in Europe, and is therefore also fairly rare in the Netherlands.

It can reach a height of up to 9 metres. Fortunately, it doesn't get much higher than 2 to 3 metres in the house.

This beautiful Yucca is evergreen and together with its beautiful flowers of 60-90 cm in size creates an exotic atmosphere in your garden.

It does need to be protected during the winter months. Especially in a tub, make sure that the pot does not freeze.

It loves drought and is therefore also suitable for people who sometimes forget to water.