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Yucca palms are hardy and easy to care for plants. They are lime-tolerant and do not make any special demands on the soil. When watering and fertilizing, they get by with little water or fertilizer. What applies to the care also applies to the cut of the yucca. Pruning the plant is easy and uncomplicated.


The best time to prune is in the spring before the main growing season. During the dormant period between October and March, the plant should not be cut. During this time, it is watered less and not fertilized. Therefore, she does not cope well with a cut during this time.

Cut right

The palm lily, as the yucca is also called, has a round, thick stem. The individual crowns grow on the trunk, the leaves of which are up to half a meter long. Cultivated in a tub, the yucca grows up to five meters high.

The yucca palm does not need regular pruning. As a rule, it is cut when it becomes too big, i.e. too high. The plant tolerates pruning very well, even after a radical pruning it will sprout again. The palm lily is always cut on the stem. The green crowns do not need to be cut. Only yellow, dried leaves should be removed.

Shorten the yucca palm

You are completely free to how much you shorten the yucca. Depending on the length of the trunk, you can also divide it into several pieces. The individual trunk parts do not have to have a crown or leaves. If the bottom part of the yucca palm leaves without a crown, simply leave it in the planter. The plant has hidden shoots under the bark, which will sprout again after a while.

  • Cut the plant to the desired height
  • If necessary, seal the cut surface with candle wax
  • do not expose cut plants to the sun
  • ideal partial shade outdoors
  • use cut off parts as cuttings

The top part of the yucca palm will be crowned. This part is the new, shortened yucca. He needs to reroot and can replace the old plant. If you want to be on the safe side, let one part of the yucca root and the other part sprout again. Keep in mind that after a few weeks you will have two yucca palms.

If the lower part of the crown dries up after the cut, don't worry. This is part of the natural process after pruning for yucca. Simply remove the withered leaves with a sharp knife or tear them off.

If you want to multiply your yucca palm, it is best to use the individual parts of the trunk. When planting the cuttings, make sure they are planted in the right direction. When cutting, mark the upper end to avoid confusion.

lopsided growth

Cutting when growth is crooked

The yucca palm needs a light location. If the place is too dark for her, she starts to grow towards the light. This leads to skewed growth. In order for the plant to grow straight again, it needs a brighter location.

Before that, it can be cut straight. The cut is made at the beginning of the "skewed position". The cut off part with the crown should then be able to be planted straight. The remaining part in the pot can then be cut again until it is straight again. Set in fresh substrate, this part will also sprout again.

pruning of shoots

Cut back long bare shoots

If the palm lily is too dark, it forms long, bare shoots that only have leaves at the tips. This makes the plant look stunted and sickly. Find a brighter spot for the plant. The bare shoots are cut off except for a short stub on the trunk. Depending on the length of the trunk, it can also be cut or sawed into smaller pieces. This allows the plant to develop again from the trunk.

After cutting off the bare shoots, the part of the trunk with roots should be repotted in fresh soil. Fresh, permeable substrate helps the palm lily to sprout again. Make sure location is bright. Permanent, direct sunlight should be avoided at this stage of the plant. New yucca palms can be grown from the cut shoots.

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