Yucca palm - taking proper care of the popular houseplant

Yucca palm - taking proper care of the popular houseplant

Which location does the palm lily prefer?

Yucca palms need a bright location. The plants always align themselves with the sun, which is why specimens that are too dark do not grow upright, but rather crooked and also ginger. You can also place the plants in direct sun, but you have to get them used to it slowly - otherwise there will be unsightly burns on the leaves. However, the hot and intense midday sun, especially during the summer months, should be avoided.

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In which substrate does the yucca palm feel particularly comfortable?

The yucca palm feels particularly comfortable in a loose, well-drained and, above all, nutrient-rich substrate. You can use standard soil, but green plant substrate is also suitable. If you prefer to mix yourself, use normal garden soil with a little humus and sand. Almost even more important, however, is good drainage in the form of expanded clay (€ 17.50 on Amazon *) or potsherds, since the yucca palm absolutely does not tolerate waterlogging. On the other hand, the plant can also be kept in a hydroponic culture.

What should the ideal planter for a yucca palm look like?

The best thing to do is to repot a freshly bought yucca palm, because the plant pots sold with it are usually much too small. The plant develops quite strong roots, which is why the pot should be tall rather than wide. However, do not choose a container that is too narrow, as it can tip over quickly due to the weight of the plant.

Can you also cultivate the yucca palm outside?

During the warm summer months you can place the potted plant not only in the apartment, but also on a warm and light spot on the balcony or terrace, but if possible not in the blazing sun. Since the yucca palm is not hardy, it is better to spend the cold season in the apartment or in the winter garden. Sometimes, however, hardy yucca species are also available in stores, which in regions with mild winters can also be planted in the garden.

What should you watch out for when watering the yucca palm?

Yucca palms tend to be watered too much rather than too little. Always keep the substrate slightly moist and do a finger test before each watering: The soil should feel dry to a depth of about two centimeters. Do not pour thoroughly, just a little. Excess irrigation water should be removed from the saucer immediately to avoid waterlogging.

How often and with what should you fertilize the palm lily?

Fertilize the yucca palm about every two weeks during the growing season between April and October with a balanced fertilizer for green plants. A liquid fertilizer that is administered together with the irrigation water is best. If you forget to fertilize more often, you can also use slow-release fertilizers.

Can you cut back the palm lily?

Basically, pruning is not necessary. If the yucca palm becomes too big, however, you can also cut the trunk or the trunks. As a rule, the plant will sprout again from it. However, do not forget to close the cuts with a sealant - this prevents bacteria and other pathogens from invading.

When should you repot the yucca palm?

The plant should always be repotted when the roots are in danger of growing out of the plant pot. The best time for such a measure is spring.

Which diseases and pests are particularly common in the yucca palm?

Most diseases occur in the palm lily during the winter months, when the plant is weakened by too warm and dark wintering. The problems are usually due to too little light and / or too much water. Pests, on the other hand, often appear in spring or early summer, for example spider mites or mealybugs or mealybugs.

Can you also propagate the palm lily yourself?

Many yucca palms, especially when they are older, usually form so-called kindles at the base of the trunk. These are offshoots that can only be carefully removed from the mother plant and then planted separately.

What is the best way to overwinter the yucca palm?

The yucca palms sold as indoor plants are not frost-hardy, but overwinter best in a bright and cool place at around 10 ° C. You can of course leave the plants in the warm living room, but you should then provide enough light.


There is disagreement about whether the yucca palm is poisonous or not. In the specialist literature it is described as generally harmless, but veterinarians report from time to time about symptoms of poisoning in some pets. These appear to occur mainly in rodents such as rabbits, guinea pigs, etc. The plant contains saponins, which may cause the symptoms of intoxication. So if you have pets, you should better play it safe and cultivate the yucca palm inaccessible to the animals or not at all.