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Pouring yucca

Pouring yucca

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Question: decanting yucca

I would like to know when it is possible to transfer the yucca and which soil to use.

Yucca racking: Answer: Yucca racking

Dear Mario,
the yucca is an evergreen plant, with succulent stem or leaves, closely related to the agave, native to Central America; it is repotted every two or three years, using not excessively large containers, as it seems to develop better when it finds little space around the root system, which is not large. The repotting is carried out between the end of winter and the beginning of spring, before the plant resumes the vegetative luxuriance typical of the spring season.
A fresh and light, very well drained soil is used, as these plants do not like water stagnation; you can use earth for citrus fruit, which you can easily find in the nursery, or prepare a compound consisting of universal soil of excellent quality, mixed with little sand and pumice stone; sand and pebbles (if you don't find pumice, pozzolana or lapillus are also perfect, as long as the grain size is not too large) they are used to keep the soil soft and prevent it from becoming compact over time: in this way the water of the watering and of the rains it will rapidly flow into the ground, without creating pockets that remain wet for long periods of time.
Immediately after repotting the yucca, it is advisable to avoid watering for at least a week, waiting for the plant to stabilize in the new growing medium.
Although the yucca is often cultivated as a houseplant, many varieties of yucca are suitable for cultivation in the garden, as they bear temperatures even of many degrees below zero, as happens with agaves. The garden species can be equipped with stems or acauli, and often, when grown outdoors, in summer produce long stems that bring innumerable bell-shaped flowers, white in color.
Fortunately, the yuccas do not behave like some agaves, and therefore after flowering they continue to grow luxuriant, while some agaves, whose flowering occurs only after several years of life of the plant, and kills the plant that has flowered.
Remember to water your yucca only when the soil is dry; in doubt, it is preferable to water it once less, rather than once too often; these plants generally do not need fertilizing, especially if the repotting occurs frequently, every two or three years. If instead we tend to forget to repot our yucca, from March to September, we supply a fertilizer dissolved in the water of the watering, every 15-20 days, choosing a fertilizer for succulent plants, poor in nitrogen.