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How to Plant Yucca Plants

By Kate Carpenter ; Updated September 21, 2017

Yucca plants are popular in landscapes located in mild to hot regions of the United States southern and western states. Yuccas are striking, yet easy to care for and drought-tolerant. Yucca plants in pots can be an interesting, easy-care indoor plant for your home or office. Wherever you decide to place your yucca, planting it correctly will allow it to survive for many years.

Select a location in your yard for your yucca plant that is in full sun for the best results. Your yucca can do well in partial shade, but full sun is preferred.

Check the location and soil for good drainage. Some slope to the location is ideal to help promote drainage. Yucca plants cannot survive in wet ground and its roots will quickly rot. Dig a hole with your shovel to inspect the type of soil.

Add sand and/or small pebbled gravel to implement the soil where you want to plant your yucca. To do this, dig a hole twice as wide and twice as deep as the root ball of your yucca plant. Place the extracted soil into a large bucket, container or wheelbarrow. To this, add sand and/or gravel to the soil so it now is 50 percent sand/gravel. A shovel full of organic matter can be added to this mixture if you like. If your soil has a heavy clay base, add more sand/gravel mixture to increase the drainage.

Put 2 to 3 inches of your soil/sand/gravel mix into the bottom of the hole. Place your yucca plant root ball on top of the soil/sand/gravel. Make sure your plant is centered and straight.

Fill in around the root ball of your yucca with the remaining soil/sand/gravel mix. Fill only to the soil surface level. Gently press this fill down with your hands or feet to press out any pockets of air.

Lightly water the plant. Normally, your yucca will not need additional water until two or three weeks have passed.


Things You Will Need

  • Shovel
  • Large bucket, container, or wheelbarrow
  • Sand and/or small stone gravel
  • Organic material


  • The ideal time to plant your yucca is in the spring, after any seasonal rains have passed.
  • Fertilizer is not necessary for a yucca plant, but you can fertilize it with a general fertilizer once a year.
  • If you want to plant your yucca into a pot, good drainage is the key to success. Use a general potting soil that you mix sand or small stone gravel into to create a 50/50 blend. Only water your potted yucca plant every two to three weeks.