How to Care for Your Yucca Cane

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With its sword-shaped leaves, this striking and low-maintenance plant is so easy to keep alive. Learn how to care for your Yucca Cane with our simple guide.

You must now be familiar with Dragon Tree, a perfect plant for beginners because it’s one of the easiest indoor plants to grow and hardest to kill. Today, we’re going to share another plant perfect for beginners, the Yucca Cane. It’s a tiny tree covered with sword-like, sharp fallen leaves. Quite a bit similar to the Dragon Tree, that’s why a lot of people are getting confused with the two houseplants. However, Dragon Tree leaves tend to be a lot more inflexible than Yucca Cane’s leaves. We could recommend this plant for beginners because it’s easy to care for and low maintenance.

Fun Fact: The flowers of Yucca Cane can be ground and made into candy.

Yucca Cane AKA yucca originated from Guatemala and southeast Mexico, so it’s a drought-tolerant plant and does not require much water. It’s also easy to propagate that you can share this plant with your friends. Growing a Yucca Cane indoors adds beauty to the space. Plus, it’s considered a must-have air-purifying plant.

Yucca Cane is a succulent plant, and it’s the biggest succulent of all. It can grow up to 30 feet tall on its cane-like trunk. One of the things I love about this plant is it’s fairly pest-resistant and hardly require any attention at all. Sounds like a dream plant, right?

Botanical NameYucca
Common NameAdam’s Needle, Banana Yucca, Don Quixote’s Lances, Dragon Yucca, Joshua Tree, Mojave Yucca, Needle-Palm, Soapweed Yucca, Soft Tip Yucca, Spanish Bayonet, Spanish Dagger, and Spoonleaf Yucca
Plant SizeA Yucca Cane plant can grow up to 30 feet tall.
Types of Yucca Cane PlantsAdam’s Needle, Banana Yucca Plant, Beaked Yucca Plant, Bear Grass Yucca, Blue Joshua Tree, Color Guard, Dwarf Joshua Tree, Joshua Tree, Mojave Yucca Plant, Red Yucca Plant, Soaptree Yucca, Soapweed Yucca Plant, Spanish Bayonet, Spanish Dagger, Spineless Yucca Plant, Thompson’s Yucca Plant, and Yellow Yucca Plant
SunlightYucca Cane plant will do fine in bright, indirect sun. However, it prefers full sunlight to grow well.
WaterWater your Yucca Cane plant when the top 50% of the soil is dry. Maybe once every week.
HumidityIt does not require any extra humidity, but it’s best if you can mist your Yucca Cane plant from time to time.
TemperatureThe Yucca Cane plant prefers temperatures between 30-90°F.
ToxicityIt’s mildly toxic to humans and pets.
FoodFeed your Yucca Cane plant once a year in the spring with a liquid fertilizer diluted to 50% strength.
Pests & ProblemsThe leaves of Yucca Cane are prone to pests like armored scale insects, mealybugs, soft scale insects, and thrips. These pests suck out plant juices. To eliminate these insects, use a forceful spray of water or spray them with horticultural oil sprays or insecticidal soap.
Omysa Plant Care TipIt’s best to place your Yucca Cane plant in a partially shaded area of bright, but indirect light for better leaf color.

Yucca Cane Plant Care Tips

Yucca Cane will grow in any condition, and it requires minimal care. One thing you should keep in mind to keep this plant alive is to avoid drowning it or overwatering it. Remember, Yucca Cane is a succulent plant, and succulents die from overwatering. Also, this plant prefers sandy, well-drained soil. Never put a catcher or plate under your Yucca Cane plant because waterlogged roots or root rot is one of the most common killers of this plant.

Here’s a complete explanation of how to care for your Yucca Cane, from sunlight requirement to common problems and its solutions.

Sunlight

First, on our list on how to care for your Yucca Cane is to place them in a spot where they can receive bright indirect light. However, if this type of light is unavailable in your place, your Yucca Cane plant can also tolerate lower light areas, but it will grow much slower.

Common Problem: If the leaves of your Yucca Cane plant are turning yellow, this means it has been exposed to direct sunlight for too long.

Solution: On our Omysa Plant Care Tip, it’s best to place your Yucca Cane plant in a partially shaded area of bright, but indirect light for better leaf color.

Water

Next on our list on how to care for your Yucca Cane is to water it when the top 50% of the soil is dry. If the soil dries up in a week, then water your plant every week. If the soil dries up in two weeks, then water your plant every two weeks.

Common Problem: If the tips of your Yucca Cane is turning brown, this means that the plant’s soil is incredibly dry. However, if the leaves are turning yellow, this means you are overwatering the plant.

Solution: Create a watering schedule and stick to it to avoid this kind of problem. A general rule of thumb, check if the top 50% of the soil is dry. If it is dry, then it’s time to water your Yucca Cane plant. Also, always discard any excess water that’s left in the catcher or saucer because this can lead to root rot.

Humidity & Temperature

The Yucca Cane does not require any extra humidity, but it’s best if you can place it in a sunny corner with relatively low humidity. Also, this plant is quite flexible that it can thrive in temperatures between 30-90°F.

Common Problem: If your Yucca Cane plant is starting to wilt and die, but it’s not because of light or water problems.

Solution: Your plant may have been exposed to conditions with too much humidity. Take note, if you live in an area that has high humidity, then it’s best to place your Yucca Cane plant indoors.

Toxicity

Yucca Cane is mildly toxic to humans and pets because it contains saponins. If your pet has ingested any part of the plant, it may experience diarrhea, dilated pupils, drooling, incoordination, vomiting, and weakness.

Food

Feed your Yucca Cane plant once a year in the spring and summer with a general-purpose houseplant fertilizer. Avoid giving too much fertilizer because this can lead to fertilizer burn in your plant.

Pests & Other Problems

While it’s true that Yucca Cane is fairly pest-resistant, it doesn’t mean that it can avoid insects such as armored scale insects, mealybugs, soft scale insects, and thrips. You can eliminate these bugs by spraying the plant with a solution of dishwashing liquid and water. You can also use a commercial insecticide if the former solution didn’t work.

That’s a wrap on how to care for your Yucca Cane plant. Extremely easy, huh? Remember, your Yucca Cane plant will give you years of happiness for minimum effort as long as it receives the right amount of light, water, and TLC.

Grow your plant knowledge. Check out our Plant Care blog to learn more about different houseplants and tips on how to keep your plants alive and healthy.

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