Thursday, April 14, 2016

No More Yucky Yucca

Readers may remember last spring, I dug up my three Yucca 'Bright Star' from the gravel garden and put them in pots, in an attempt to keep them from getting the dreaded "Yuccacne." I wrote about it here. It was actually a suggestion from my buddy Peter The Outlaw Gardener that prompted this. In past years the Yuccas have come out of the winter wet looking rather dreadful, their leaves covered in disgusting spots caused by a fungus (I think).

I think it worked.

The pots sat all winter under the protected front porch. I don't think I watered them at all for three or four months. They might have gotten a bit of rain, if it blew in sideways.

Looking good!


These are the only acne spots

There's even a bit of pink stress coloration

Peter's idea was definitely a win!

10 comments:

  1. That's great! And getting the pink stress coloration is a great side effect... They look awesome.

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  2. Glad it worked! Now that some of mine are getting larger and the foliage is well above the soil, the yuccacne is greatly reduced. Maybe this is just a plague of teenage plants.

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  4. Yay! To add data to your experiment I planted one in a hanging Hover Dish planter and it stayed out in the elements all winter (hanging on our front porch, which provides no protection/cover on 3/4 of the pot). It looks fabulous. I used a very lean, well draining soil mix (blended myself).

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  5. Yay! Mine look AWFUL so perhaps I shall try this too. Thanks, Alison!

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  6. Since we get so little rain, I guess my Yuccas were never in danger. Who knew drought has its advantages?

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  7. They look great. Glad you found a solution! Hooray for Outlaw.

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  8. I keep trying to find this yucca locally in a size that's under $50 -- still looking! So glad your experiment worked out.

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  9. It's always good to hear about a gardening success.

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  10. They look great! I don't have the patience for such finicky things. :)

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