Yucca Elephantipes Plant Care

Overview

Native to Mexico, the spineless yucca plant (Yucca elephantipes) is easy to grow and can tolerate a wide range of changing environmental conditions. This yucca has long, sword-shaped, stemless and spineless leaves with pointed tips when young. The spineless yucca grows woody, thick trunks topped with rosettes of arching leaves as it matures. Reaching a height of up to 5 feet, the spineless yucca can produce tall, spike-like white flowers that are fragrant. This tropical plant cannot tolerate temperatures colder than 36 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 1

Position your spineless yucca plant in bright light to full sunlight. You can set the plant outdoors in direct sunlight during the warm summer days.

Step 2

Maintain air temperatures around your spineless yucca plant of 50 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. The yucca enjoys average to drier air humidity.

Step 3

Water your Yucca elephantipes plant once every one or two weeks from spring until fall to keep the potting soil evenly and barely moistened. Reduce your watering frequency during winter to water lightly, only to prevent the soil from drying out completely.

Step 4

Feed your spineless yucca plant once every two weeks with a balanced liquid fertilizer. Use an all-purpose houseplant fertilizer, feeding the yucca only during spring and summer.

Tips and Warnings

  • Don't over-water your Yucca elephantipes plant or allow it to sit in waterlogged, soggy soil, because this plant is highly susceptible to root and cane rot.

Things You'll Need

  • Balanced liquid fertilizer
  • Planter pot with drainage holes
  • Well-draining potting mix

References

  • Guide to Houseplants: Yucca Plant
  • Plant-Care: Yucca Plant -- Caring for the Versatile Spineless Yucca
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