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I have a yucca that's not doing very well and I'm having trouble diagnosing the problem. I got it sometime in the fall, and left it in the nursery pot. I watered it once about a month or two after I brought it home, and the yellowing/wilting started then. I've trimmed back the wilting leaves and left it to dry out but the remaining leaves are shriveling and drooping. There's sand on top to deter gnats. 

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Oh dear, that doesn't look very unhappy!

Generally, it doesn't look like a disease. I notice that there does appear to be some relatively healthy growth towards the back, near the bottom. This suggests to me that it is very recoverable.

The first thing I would do is remove it from the current pot and either transplant it into the ground, or into a larger pot - at least 4 or 5 times bigger than the existing pot. Give it some fresh potting mixture (well draining) and a good water.

Keep the soil moist, but not saturated.

Also, I would remove all the dead growth - don't just pull of the leaves, actually remove by cutting the stem below the dead growth, leaving just what I believe will be healthy stem - new growth buds should emerge in a month or two.

After a month or two, I would hope you would see improvement.

more than a month ago
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Hi! Thank you for your response. It’s very comforting to know this isn’t anything out of the ordinary. I’ll remove it from the nursery pot and place it in the larger pot. 

Any recommendations for well-draining soil that’s sturdy enough to hold it? I typically use a mix of Black Gold with perlite but would probably add in some Epsoma cactus soil for this one as well. If you have proportions for perlite/soil, I’d love to know. 

For removing dead growth, I’ve been cutting as close to the base of the leaf as possible. By the stem, are you referring to the whole cluster of leaves? A video or diagram could be helpful.

Thank you again!

 

more than a month ago
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Hi! I did repot the plant and that help stabilize additional damage. I only just got around to pruning today (I know, very bad of me). Attached are pictures of the progress. On the medium one, the stubs completely came off. Do they need additional tending or is it best to leave them as they are? Poor thing was left with no more leaves.

Additionally, the tallest one has one stub that looks like it may sprout--should I leave that as is, or cut it off just like the medium one? Thanks
more than a month ago
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Good job! I think you should just leave it now and monitor. You have given it a good chance to do well.

While it does need to be watered, remember not to overwater it.

Time to give it some time and see how it goes.

Keep us posted :D
more than a month ago
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Thank you! Figures crossed it goes well. I sincerely appreciate the advice and feedback. I’ll give an update when there’s something substantial
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Fingers crossed*
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