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How to Prune Yucca Plants

By Kathryn Hatter ; Updated September 21, 2017

Yucca plants are popular additions to either an indoor or outdoor growing location. Often yucca plant owners who are growing their plants indoors find that the yucca becomes too tall for the interior of the home. When this happens, dramatic pruning is the answer. Although it may seem extreme, pruning a yucca plant by as much as half will enable the plant to renew itself and continue growing at a more reasonable size.

Fill the container approximately halfway with potting soil.

Examine the yucca plant to determine the halfway point on the plant. Mark this point with the string. Now determine to what point you wish to cut the yucca plant. It can be anywhere above the halfway point. Move the string to this point.

Use the loppers to cut off the yucca plant at this point.

Remove the yucca from its current container and place it in the larger container so it is at the same depth as it was previously. Fill soil in around the roots.

Provide a generous amount of water to the newly pruned and repotted yucca plant. Ensure the yucca does not dry out during the first two weeks after pruning and repotting. Expect new growth within one to two weeks.


Things You Will Need

  • Larger container
  • Potting soil
  • Yucca plant
  • String
  • Loppers

About the Author


Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator, as well as an accomplished gardener, quilter, crocheter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator. As a regular contributor to Natural News, many of Hatter's Internet publications focus on natural health and parenting. Hatter has also had publication on home improvement websites such as Redbeacon.