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by Natasha
(Victoria, BC, Canada )


Losing limbs


I have a spineless Yucca that is looking seriously bad and haas been only getting worse. It’s possible it’s time to call it but I’m not ready to quit.

I live on Vancouver Island. The plant is in an eastern facing window. Indoor plant.

I wait for soil to dry before watering.
It doesn’t get over fertilized. I know it needs very little.

It used to be in a spot with little light so about a year ago it was moved to the eastern window.

Late summer 2021 it was repotted in an attempt to help it. I realized late I used the wrong soil (succulent soil) and in the winter did a small soil transfer with potting soil

The pant does not have a lot of roots and is wobbly.
It is losing all its leaves and even branches (see photo)

The pot is larger given its small amount of roots.

A couple months ago the trunk felt hollow but it is feeling more firm now.

It may be time to call it but I’m ready to give up and was hoping with some professional help I can save it.

Thank you for your time! Looking forward to hearing from you.

Comments for Spineless in serious trouble

Mar 27, 2022

by: Jacki Cammidge, Certified Horticulturist

Maybe it is time to let it go, but before you do, why not try propagating the ends of the limbs that are still green?

The pale look of them indicates that this plant is not getting enough light. I would get a grow light for it, if window light isn’t adequate.

When a plant has been struggling this long, it’s a testament to how tough they are for it to still survive. That doesn’t mean that you should treat it this way. If you don’t have enough light for these sun loving plants, get a fern, or other low light plant.

That may sound harsh, but it’s true.