Yucca trees - straying from the subject.

by Jo

I know this page is primarily for vegetable gardening, but can anyone help on this problem of mine.

I inherited an enormous Yucca tree when I moved here. Last year it produced five very large flower spikes - each about 18 ins. long. This year there are eight flower spikes.

My question is do I leave the old spikes where they are? It would difficult to remove them - needing a ladder and fighting my way in to get to the source of the spike amongst all the other spikes which have nasty tips.

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Oct 07, 2014
Yucca Filamentosa
by: Jo

The plant next to the Yucca tree is a Yucca Filamentosa. I am told they only flower every seven years. Whether this is fact or fiction I do not know. Time will tell.

Oct 05, 2014
Yukka filimentosa
by: Jo

The very tall plant (tree) is a Yukka, although I fear I am not giving it the correct name.

The plant to the left is Yukka filimentosa and I have been told these flower only once every seven years. Probably after such a spectacular show, it needs a rest!

Oct 04, 2014
Yukka tree issues
by: Madi

Leave them. They turn into seed pods which are loved by birds in winter, especially starlings. My issue is that my tree has become tall and leggy. I am wondering whether I can revive it or if I need to chop it down.

Jul 14, 2010
As far as I know---------
by: Jo

Hello Sue,

Thanks for your message. As far as I know the plant to the left of the Yucca tree is also a Yucca, and it is Yucca filamentosa. I grew one of these at my previous house and there it was a home to large families of snails. Here I have no such 'lodgers'. LOL.

Re the Yucca Tree, I have been told that it is best to leave the dead flower heads in place. I don't really have much alternative here because of the height of the tree and the prickly spines at the end of the other 'leaves'. The only trouble is that when the present ones die back I will have around 13 dead heads which are about 18 ins. long.

Jul 14, 2010
by: Sue

Hi Jo Sorry can't help with your question, but what a lovely picture. Can you tell me what plant is flowering to the left of the Yukka?

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