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Planting Instructions for Yucca (Adam's needle):

Bloom Time:  Summer Light:  Full sun to part sun
Soil:  Well-drained, average to sandy loam Moisture:  Average to dry, little moisture required
Planting Depth:  top of crown 1/2 to 1" below soil level Spacing:  24 to 36" or more

Upon arrival:  Unpack box and check that you have everything on your packing list. Bare root Yucca should be dry in the bags, so if condensation has formed on the inside of the bag, open and let it air out. Plant everything within a few days.

Soil/Location:  Plant your Yucca in a hot and dry sunny spot in any good, well-drained soil. Remember to keep the soil light and airy for perennials, so don't pack it in after planting.

Moisture:  Yucca do not require much moisture, even after they are actively growing. Plants that have no foliage should be started on the dry side. Water lightly once and then you wouldn't need to water again until the foliage has started to emerge, and even then there is usually enough natural moisture to keep them going without ever needing supplemental water.

Spacing:  Plant about 24 to 36" apart or more

Depth:  Plant with the top of the crown about 1/2 to 1" inch below soil level. The rhizomes, roots, and growth points should not be showing after planting. You can lightly mulch bare areas around the plants for weed prevention.

General Instructions:  Amend your garden with compost or peat humus to enrich or loosen the soil, if needed, however Yucca are very adaptable to any loose, well-draining soil and will thrive in a good sandy loam. Mix a couple teaspoons of garden food or bone meal into the planting hole if desired. Plant the roots as listed above, then water in once lightly. They prefer a dry start when they are dormant in spring and have no foliage. Once they are actively growing it is alright to give them supplemental water once a week or so, if needed, as long as the soil isn't wet, but usually they do just fine without it.

Landscape Uses:  Use yuccas in the hot, dry garden with other drought tolerant perennials such as butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa), yarrow, Sedum, and tall-bearded iris. They are also very heat restistant so work well in the rock garden or with stone mulch and the very tall flower stalks provide a dramatic vertical accent in summer.

Plants spread to form large colonies and will often develop smaller plants around the base which can be divided and transplanted. Self sown seedlings are also possible. When digging or transplanting new plants often come back from root pieces left behind so choose a permanent location when planting your Yucca.

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