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Asked on Oct 21, 2017

How do you root baby yucca from original or momma yucca?

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Rooting baby yucca plants from big momma yucca

5 answers
  • PJ Wise
    on Oct 22, 2017

    How to Root a Yucca Tree
    1 Cut a stem off your yucca plant in late spring or early summer. During this active growing season, the plant can better protect itself against disease.
    2 Prune leaves and thatch from the bottom 12 inches of the yucca stem cutting. Place the stem in a cool dry spot for several days to dry out.
    3 Dig a planting hole at least 12 inches deep in well-drained soil that gets sun most of the day. Plant the yucca stem in the soil, cut end down. Stake the stem if it extends over 18 inches above the soil surface.
    4 Water the stem thoroughly after planting. Water again only when the soil becomes very dry. After three to six months, the yucca establishes a root system and foliage begins to grow.

    • Many yucca plants propagate easily from cuttings, even those without stems. Adam's needle (Yucca filamentosa) is a clump-grower with long, sword-shaped leaves that thrives in USDA plant hardiness zones 5 though 10. It propagates from rooted suckers in spring or root cuttings in winter.
    • Don't be alarmed if the top portion of the yucca stem loses its leaves after planting. If the crown is green, the plant is alive and well.

  • Hillela G.
    on Oct 22, 2017

    I think that this wil l help!
  • PJ Wise
    on Oct 24, 2017

    Thank you Gaildepre... Here's additional information on determining when a sucker (aka "pup") is appropriate for propagating... Information was taken from

    Separating and Repotting Yucca Offshoot Pups

    While yuccas do produce seeds, they are normally propagated through the division of offshoots or “pups.” Yucca pups are the small but fully formed plants that grow at the base of your yucca plant. These pups can be removed in order to produce new, self contained plants.
    These pups do not need to be removed from the parent plant but, if the pups are not removed from the parent plant, they will eventually grow up on their own where they are and you will have a clump of yucca.
    If you do decide to remove the pups, the first thing you will need to do is wait until the pup is mature enough to survive without the parent. This is very simple to determine. If the pup is pale and whitish, it is still too young to remove from the parent. But if the pup is green, it has the chlorophyll manufacturing capacity needed to live on its own.
    The timing of when you will be repotting your yucca pups is important as well. Yucca pups should be repotted in the fall. Repotting the pups in the fall will do the least amount of damage to the parent plant, which will be in a slow growth period in the fall.
    To remove the pup from the yucca, remove as much of the dirt from around the base of the pup you wish to transplant. Then take a sharp knife or spade and cut down between the parent plant and the pup. Make sure to take a chunk of the parent plant’s root (which is what the pup will be attached to). This root piece from the parent plant will form the new root system for the pup.
    Take the separated pup and replant it where you would like it to grow or place in a pot to use as a houseplant or to give to friends. Water thoroughly and fertilize lightly.
    Then you are done. Your yucca offshoot pup should have no trouble establishing itself in its new home and growing into a new and beautiful yucca plant.
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