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Yucca Cane Care

The easy to grow Yucca Cane is a great choice for the first-time plant owner. Showing off its sword-like foliage on a broad cane, this plant makes a bold statement. The Yucca plant is a native of Guatemala and southeast Mexico, so it likes to be kept dry.

How to care for your Yucca Cane

Use these instructions to care for a Yucca Cane. This guide will tell you how to water a Yucca Cane; its light, temperature, humidity preferences and any additional care it might need to help it grow.

Yucca Cane


Your Yucca Cane will do best in bright indirect light. If the Yucca is exposed to direct light, the leaves may burn. It can tolerate lower light areas but will grow much slower.


The Yucca Cane is a drought-tolerant plant and does not require much water. Water your Yucca Cane only when the top 75-100% of the soil is dry—perhaps every 1-2 weeks, depending on your indoor climate. Let the water drain through the bottom, empty the saucer of any water, and then allow to dry out again. A Yucca Cane that turns yellow means that it is getting too much water and its roots may be rotting.


Your Yucca Cane does not require any extra humidity, but will appreciate an occasional misting.


Your Yucca Cane prefers temperatures between 65°-75° F.


Fertilize your Yucca Cane 1-2 times a year in the spring and summer with liquid plant food. Be sure to dilute the fertilizer to half of the recommended strength and apply only to damp soil.


Yucca Plants are mildly toxic to pets and humans. Typically, ingestion will cause mouth and stomach irritation and possible vomiting.


You may see “pups” popping up off the side of the mother cane at the soil level, these can provide you with more Yucca plants. If you wish to plant the mature pups, only do so in the Fall–this does the least amount of damage to the original plant. Remove the mature dark green pup (pale and whitish pups need more time on the mother cane) with a clean, sharp cut between the parent plant and the pup. Make sure to take some of the parent roots where the pup is attached, along with the pup.  This root piece from the parent will form the new root system for the pup once it is placed in fresh potting soil. Water thoroughly and apply a diluted application of fertilizer.

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Your Yucca Cane is an incredibly drought-tolerant plant and does not require much water. Water only when the top 50% of the soil is dry.
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