Yucca, a genus of perennial trees and shrubs, which is native to the Yucatan region of Mexico, the United States, Caribbean Islands, and Canada, has adapted well to the Australian climate. You will now find this plant naturalised, mostly in the coastal regions of Australia, and also in many homes around the country. Yucca is easy to grow at home, which is why you will see many home gardeners in Australia with the plant in their back yards, where it can grow to its full potential with a little care.
Yucca in Australia
Many of the 40 or more species of yucca are available in Australia. Yucca elephantipes is a common variety you will find in the country. Sometimes referred to as Stick Yucca or Spineless Yucca, this species is easily recognised by its classic plain green leaves. The Yucca Jewel variety has also been introduced recently. Another species you will find in Australia is Yucca aloifolia. You will find yucca in most Australian states.
As a home gardener, you can grow the plant successfully in Australia, as long as you know where and when to plant, and how to take good care of your yucca at home. Also a versatile indoor plant, yucca is often used to decorate offices and workplaces.
Where to Plant the Yucca Plants?
Yucca grows both indoors and outdoors. Deciding where to plant depends on your local climate, how much space you have, and how much time you can invest to care for your plant. Outdoor yuccas run the risk of pest infestations and fungal diseases, but indoor plants get limited natural sunlight. The best place for your yucca indoors is an area where there is indirect sunlight.
On the other hand, your yucca will grow to its full height only when you plant it outdoors, particularly if the species grows tall. Yucca elephantipes and Yucca aloifolia are tree-type varieties and are best grown outdoors, while Yucca Jewel is much smaller, so you can plant it indoors.
For best results, add some sand to your soil, particularly if it is clay-like or heavy. Also, make sure there is no waterlogging because this can discolour the leaves. Check the soil base periodically, and add sand if it is raining frequently.
What is the Best Time of Year to Plant Yucca?
The best time to plant is when the average temperature is high, and the ground is warm. By planting at this time, you will allow the roots that are damaged from the planting process to regenerate and acclimatise to your landscape. Late spring is a good time because the plant can establish itself at the new place in the long growing season.
Yucca is a wonderful plant to have at home, both indoors and outdoors. Plant it wisely, take good care of your yucca, and it will grow into its full potential. A hardy plant, yucca requires minimum maintenance, so you should be successful as a home gardener with a little care.
With thanks to Jackie Edwards from www.sproutabl.com for this informative article.