How Do You Plant a Red Yucca?

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Red yucca plants grow naturally in deserts, so a space with plenty of sunlight is ideal, although the red yucca can live in light shade. These hardy plants can grow outside, indoors, in a pot and in most natural areas. Red yucca can tolerate a variety of soils, but recommends using a well-drained succulent mix. Proper drainage is essential for proper red yucca growth.

Red yucca plants should only be watered rarely, as too much water can actually kill the plant. It grows best in summer temperatures, but it is very resilient and can usually survive both extreme cold and hot temperatures. Feed red yucca plants a controlled-release fertilizer at the beginning of the season, or give them a weak liquid solution on a weekly basis. recommends feeding mature red yuccas a 20-20-20 fertilizer at 1/4 strength. Younger plants should be given a fertilizer that is less rich in nitrogen.

Red yuccas do not need to be repotted often, and are most commonly found in gardens. The plant can be propagated by placing the seeds in a well-drained succulent mix. Red yuccas are not usually susceptible to insects. Soggy stems are a sign that the red yucca plant is being over-watered.