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mulching texas red yucca

Posted by michaeroo 5 (My Page) on
Mon, Aug 23, 10 at 20:49

My mother just ordered a couple of texas red yucca. Included in the shipment were instructions on mulching over the winter. The instructions indicated to use pine needles and sand. What she is unclear of is if she is supposed to cover the entire plant or just the crown. I live in Washington State (she's in Colorado)so I have no experience with yucca. Any ideas?

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RE: mulching texas red yucca

I think the idea is to keep it dry dry dry over the winter. Wet feet during dormancy will bring on rot. These plants have to have excellent drainage. I'm assuming the plant you're referring to is a Hesperaloe? They grow quite happily in containers. They'll have the drainage they crave and if the weather turns really cold you can move them to a sheltered spot or completely cover it.
Good luck!

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