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I have a yucca in a pot that it a few years old, the main plant died in the cold winter of 2010 however i now have 4 or 5 little 'babies' around the stem, it's been overwintered inside, can these 'babies' be separated and planted up on there own? if so whats the best way to do it please? 


  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391

    Hi Jayne, You really need to take it out of the pot and see if the babies have any of their own roots (you will probably need to remove a lot of the soil to see.).  If they do, you could try cutting two or three of them off of the main rootball with a sharp knife (be careful - yuccas 'wood' is very tough!) and pot them up in a 50/50 mixture of sand and compost, keeping them inside until the weather warms up.  This way, you'll still have the main root with one or two of the babies, should the offcuts fail to take.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • flowering roseflowering rose Posts: 1,632

    you can separate but be careful how you do it and use good compost and they will grow on ,I have one that I had from a yucca that died in that year too,I don't leave it out in the winter now,put it in shed.

  • Jayne5Jayne5 Posts: 23

    Thank you both for that, think i'll wait until it warms up a bit (if it ever does)! Good idea to leave some of them still in the original pot just in case. Will let you know how it goes. Thanks again image


  • Jayne5Jayne5 Posts: 23

    I now have  5 lovely plants instead of 1! good tip about the sharp knife they sure are tough, fingers crossed they continue to do well image

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