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K Lawrence

Hi can anyone help me, what’s happening to my lovely yucca rostarta the leaves are turning brown and I’m worried it’s dying. I was told to water once a week which I did then thought I’d over watered so stopped for a few weeks. Then have just watered again but just don’t know what to do 😬 

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  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 SomersetPosts: 9,871
    Ouch, it looks absolutely lethal - you need to wear safety glasses near that one. I would guess it's short of water and the pot looks too small for that size plant which would probably be better in the ground.
    The old leaves near the base would normally turn brown as they decay.
    Hopefully other posters who have yuccas will have better ideas of what is wrong.
  • Ok thanks anyway hopefully someone can shed some more info
  • AnniDAnniD South West UKPosts: 10,607
    Hello Kate, welcome to  the forum  :)
    How long have you had it ? Has it been in that pot for a while ? And finally, whereabouts are you ?  (Just a general location will do). 
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,289
    edited September 2021
    Once a week would never have been enough - not for anything potted [apart from succulents]  and especially in summer.  :/
    Whether it'll survive is another matter, but it needs immersed in a bucket of water until rehydrated. If you tie all the foliage with string or some towelling or similar, to keep it from poking your eyes out, that will make it easier to do. I think much of that foliage will just come off though. 

    A word with  whoever told you to water once a week wouldn't go amiss  ;)
    Stopping watering completely was also a mistake, but I can see how you might think that you were doing the wrong thing. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • Hello and welcome @katelawrencehughes. We used to have a very large Yukka and in the summer I was  always watering it, much more than once a week as it was in the porch. If yours has been outside in the hot sun it will need plenty of water. I used to give ours about six litres of water per watering....at least. Water until it starts coming out of the bottom. And I would agree with others about repotting it into a larger pot. We had ours in a massive terracotta pot. Take off/cut off any brown dead leaves and offer it some shade during the day. Could be  getting scorched. I would also give it another watering now as the compost is looking very dry.
    Ok thanks for all the advice I’ll try to get it in the ground and water well. 
  • AnniD said:
    Hello Kate, welcome to  the forum  :)
    How long have you had it ? Has it been in that pot for a while ? And finally, whereabouts are you ?  (Just a general location will do). 
    I’m in South Wales and have had it about 4 months 
  • Fairygirl said:
    Once a week would never have been enough - not for anything potted [apart from succulents]  and especially in summer.  :/
    Whether it'll survive is another matter, but it needs immersed in a bucket of water until rehydrated. If you tie all the foliage with string or some towelling or similar, to keep it from poking your eyes out, that will make it easier to do. I think much of that foliage will just come off though. 

    A word with  whoever told you to water once a week wouldn't go amiss  ;)
    Stopping watering completely was also a mistake, but I can see how you might think that you were doing the wrong thing. 
    Ok will try to do my best I’ll get it out the pot this week and check roots and dryness etc 
    thank you 
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,289
    It might be mild enough for it to be ok outside there, but I think I'd want to give it protection for winter - at least this year anyway.
    The heavy rain won't do it any favours - ironically.  ;)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


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