What is this and how do you look after it?

If you've found the information on the seed packet to be sadly lacking, this is the place to find out more, or add your comments!

Moderators: KG Steve, Chantal, Tigger, peter

Myrkk
KG Regular
Posts: 314
Joined: Thu May 11, 2006 10:10 pm
Location: Scotland
Has thanked: 155 times
Been thanked: 125 times
Contact:

Imagine my surprise when I went over to a friends and saw this in their garden. It’s only every been a foliage plant but this appeared quite quickly. No real smell to the flowers but they’re big, around a couple of inches in diameter. Looks gorgeous but it’s getting cold up here so they probably wont’ last.

Do we cut the middle stem out? Just leave it to die back? Will this weaken the plant and it’ll need some tlc i.e. wrapping in fleece over the winter? So many questions.

IMG_0408.jpeg
IMG_0408.jpeg (1.62 MiB) Viewed 11057 times
Attachments
IMG_0410.jpeg
IMG_0410.jpeg (1.36 MiB) Viewed 11057 times
User avatar
retropants
KG Regular
Posts: 2103
Joined: Wed Feb 22, 2006 3:38 pm
Location: Middlesex
Has thanked: 157 times
Been thanked: 144 times

It’s a Yucca Myrkk. Also can be a houseplant, but can survive outdoors. Mine flowered every years for a few years, but it got too big and I had to remove it.
User avatar
Geoff
KG Regular
Posts: 5613
Joined: Thu Nov 24, 2005 5:33 pm
Location: Forest of Bowland
Been thanked: 163 times

Many Yucca are monocarpic, flower and die, but some sort of offset so only the part that flowered dies.
User avatar
Primrose
KG Regular
Posts: 8086
Joined: Tue Aug 29, 2006 8:50 pm
Location: Bucks.
Has thanked: 47 times
Been thanked: 308 times

Am glad to be educated as I thought it was some kind of giant jumbo Lilly of the Valley !! Rather splendid though but I imagine also rather difficult to prune back and get under control once it starts outgrowing its planned living space.

But I'm always a little wary of those spikey leaved plants. They can be an eye accident waiting to happen if you accidently trip and end up with a nasty spear in your eye! As you start getting older all kinds of extra hazards suddenly start appearing on your horizon !
tigerburnie
KG Regular
Posts: 2163
Joined: Wed Jan 18, 2017 10:12 am
Location: Angus by the sea
Has thanked: 421 times
Been thanked: 271 times

Been gardening for over 65 years and still learning.
Myrkk
KG Regular
Posts: 314
Joined: Thu May 11, 2006 10:10 pm
Location: Scotland
Has thanked: 155 times
Been thanked: 125 times
Contact:

Thanks for that. I didn’t realise you could grow yucca outdoors (especially in Scotland). I’ll pass the details on to my friend, she was very surprised to see the flowers too as it’s been in the garden for quite a number of years, obviously it’s aged just enough and the weather was just right this year. Will be interesting to see if it does it next year too.
Post Reply Previous topicNext topic