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Question: Yucca flowering
I have some yucca plants planted in the garden for several years now (about 6/7) and about 1.00 meters in height. To date, they have not yet reached any flowering. It is possible given the age of the plants or there are particular reasons. The soil is good because the other plants are in excellent health. I await reply, thanks. Gianni
Yucca without flowers: Answer: flowering of yucca
the yuccas are plants belonging to the same family as the agave, and like the agave they originate from the American continent, where they live in the arid areas of Central America and the southern United States. There are about thirty species of yuccas, but the most recently cultivated are yucca gloriosa, or yucca aloifolia, or species that bring the spot a large tuft of leaves above a stubby trunk, called long ago a trunk of happiness (frankly I do not know the origin of this name). Until a few years ago the yuccas were cultivated only and exclusively as houseplants, in pots, but fortunately in recent years their cultivation has moved to the garden, since the species available in Italy can withstand minimum temperatures close to -10 ° C, and therefore can live in the garden in full ground. Do not show me the species of yucca that you grow, or even if you grow them in pots or in the open ground. In fact the yucche in nature live in areas where frosts are rare, and above all short-lived, and where instead the climate is hot and dry for most of the year, especially the winters are decidedly more dry than those in Italy . Failure to bloom may be due to various factors; these plants tend to adapt well even in conditions not entirely suitable for their development: consider that even today they are quietly kept in pots in the apartment, where they grow without problems; so the fact that your yuccas are in good health is not enough to know that they are cultivated in the best way. The first reason why a plant usually does not bloom is the lack of insolation: to see beautiful yucca flowers it is necessary that these plants receive as many hours as possible per day of direct sunlight. Even the possible cultivation in pots can depress flowering, because the plant does not have enough space to enlarge its root system, and therefore to develop at will. A very compact and thoughtful terrain may be another reason, the yuccas love stony and sandy soils, which let the water flow away quickly: consider that the yucca from my garden continues to widen, preferring the stones of the path to the turf ground. Or your plants are watered excessively: perhaps an irrigation system hits the area where they are planted, and therefore they are found with unwanted daily waterings. It may also be that the species you have planted does not love the winter cold of the area where you live, and therefore it survives very well, but it also fails to produce flowers. From personal experience, the species that most easily flourish in Italy (and I mean in Italy suit, even in a Lombard garden) are those without stems, which produce their large head of leaves starting almost at ground level. The yuccas that produce a stubby trunk instead tend to bloom more rarely, and take many years before being the right size to be able to bloom.