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How to Get Yucca to Bloom

Yucca blossoms appear at different times of the year depending on the species. Here are some ways to encourage blooms no matter which species you have.


  • Step 1: Provide adequate light Locate your plant where it gets enough light. Some species do well with as little as two hours of light per day; others need six to 10.
  • Step 2: Water lightly Water the plant no more than once every two weeks though spring, summer, and fall. Allow the potting soil to dry out almost completely between waterings.
  • TIP: Yuccas do best in well-drained soil with sand, gravel, or pebbles mixed in.
  • Step 3: Fertilize sparingly Fertilize the plant no more than once a year. This will enhance flower growth.
  • TIP: Do not over-fertilize the yucca. Too much nitrogen can prevent the plant from blooming.
  • Step 4: Trigger dormancy Keep the yucca outdoors until temperatures at night approach 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Exposure to cold weather will trigger the dormancy needed for the plant's next bloom period.
  • Step 5: Transplant the yucca Transplant the yucca every three years to a larger container. This will allow the plant to maintain its growth.
  • FACT: Yucca are native to North and Central America and the West Indies.

You Will Need

  • Adequate light
  • Appropriate watering techniques
  • Fertilizer
  • Exposure to cold weather
  • Suitable container
  • Well-drained soil (optional)

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