How to Water Your Indoors Yucca Plant Properly

Last Updated on November 27, 2022 by Stephanie

Yuccas are drought-resistant plants that require 2.5 inches of the soil to dry out between waterings. Make sure to water your yuccas with an adequate amount of water, to ensure that the water flows through the drainage holes in the pot. Typically, watering it every fourteen days is sufficient however this can vary based on the climate.

Read on to learn how to establish the ideal watering schedule for yucca plants based on the climate of your area and the outdoor conditions…

How Often to Water Yucca Plants (Indoors)

Yuccas are drought-resistant plants which are indigenous to Mexico as well as South Western USA in dry deserts mountains, rocky badlands, and rocky regions with well-drained soil and frequent rainfall.

Yucca plants have been adapted to their harsh environments by having dense, fleshy roots that store the water that is emitted by rain infrequently and their leaves are sprayed by an oily material which reduces the loss of water (transpiration) through the leaves.

Yuccas are so well-suited to thrive in dry soils with little moisture that the most common mistake in watering is over-watering which can result in the leaves becoming yellow and drooping in an indication of stress, with root rot becoming an issue that is common.

For a successful growth of yucca tress, it is essential to mimic the well-drained and watering soil conditions that are typical of its natural habitat by maintaining it on the dry side , rather than over-watering.

Yucca plant needs the upper 2.5 inches of the soil to be dry on the skin prior to watering. This usually means that you water your yucca plants once every 10-14 days, but this can differ based on the variations in the climate.

The frequency at which you water will depend on the speed at which your top 2.5 inches of the soil dry out. It can be affected by:

  • The humidity of your environment (higher humidity ) requires more frequent irrigation).
  • Pot size (small pots dry much faster).
  • If your yucca is located in an air flow caused by air conditioning or forced air, or close to any heat source (air currents drain more water to the leaf).
  • The soils ability to hold moisture (yucca requires well-drained soil).

To determine how often you should water your yucca plant in relation to your particular conditions, feel the soil up to a finger deep.

If you are able to feel moisture, dont apply water until now, however when the soil seems dry, then its the ideal time to water.

Through some practice and constant observation of your soil, you will be able to pinpoint the exact moment at which your soil begins to change from dry to moist and then create the ideal watering schedule for your yucca plant inside your own home.

The frequency of watering is similar to the pattern of drought, followed by a downpour of rainfall in native yucca habitat.

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How to tell whether you are watering your Yucca too often or not enough…

If you water yucca excessively, leaves begin become yellow and then droop, that could indicate water stress.

Yucca are extremely vulnerable to stress in the water and root rot because of the fact that they prefer dry climates.

(To bring back your water-shrinking yucca, check out my article Why are the leaves of my yucca turning to yellow?)

If youre not watering your yucca enough often or you water too lightly, the leaves of yucca begin to shrink, curl and become brown.

If that is the case, it is essential to water more often and take an ample soak each time you wash.

The ideal plant pot that is dehydrated is placed in a water basin and then left for 20 minutes to ensure that the soil gets an adequate soak, and the yucca will replenish the water reserves within their roots.

Within 2 to 3 watering cycles at the correct frequency, the yucca will be able to recover.

It is important to note that it is very easy to revive an over watered yucca, and an over-watered plant because of their inherent resilience in drought..

(Read my article on the best way to bring back the dead yucca).

Well Draining Soil Mitigates Over Watering

The right amount should be done in conjunction with the right soil mix that drains well to prevent root decay.

The conventional potting soil not amended by grit or sand retains excessive moisture around the roots of a drought-tolerant plant like yucca. This could cause the leaves to become yellow and create conditions that cause roots to become rotted.

Potting mixes that have peat are not recommended because peat turns water-resistant (repels water) after drying out and causes water to flow across the surface of the soil and into the bottom of the pot, rather than be able to properly infiltrate the soil.

It could appear that youre watering your yucca in the correct amount because water is flowing from the bottom of the pot, but in reality , the water isnt reaching the roots.

To ensure that your yucca is healthy, it is essential to replicate the soil characteristics that are typical of native habitat of yuccas.

The soil that you use for your yucca needs to be amended by a grit or sand amendment to ensure the drainage of your garden.

Mix in about 30% volume of grit, and mix it evenly with potting soil to ensure best drainage qualities for the yucca.

Cacti and succulent soils can be used to grow yucca since it shares similar drainage characteristics, however its usually more costly than ordinary soil for potting and grit.

If the soil is good, its much simpler to maintain the right water balance in yucca plants to avoid root decay and keep your plant in good health.

How Much to Water Yucca Plants

Knowing the amount of water yuccas need and the best method to water is crucial to prevent drought stress and root rot.

While there are many factors that affect the frequency at which you water your yuccaplant, your water consumption you use should remain the same.

The yucca plants should be watered generously to ensure that the water flows out of the drainage hole at the bottom in the bottom of your pot.

This will ensure that water penetrated to the root zone and with it, so they are able to absorb the water they need.

A generous amount of watering can also encourage the development of healthy roots to improve the yuccas ability to withstand drought.

If you water yucca to light, just the upper inch or two of soil is wet, and the water will not penetrate down to the roots of the yucca, which can cause dry symptoms like leaf drop that causes the leaves to curl and then turn brown.

A good soak in the water can also replicate the conditions of the native yucca habitat of heavy downpour and dry weather, accompanied by high temperatures.

Use a Pot With Drainage Holes in the Base

Yucca plants cant do well in soil that is damp for long periods of time. Therefore, it is essential to plant them in pots that have drainage holes at the base so that excess water can easily drain away.

The watering process where the excess drips out of the bottom in the container is among the most effective ways to make sure your yucca is properly maintained and watered to ensure that the moisture is reaching the roots and keeps the plant well-nourished.

If your yucca planter has no holes, then the water pools around the roots, and the yucca is killed by root decay.

It is possible for water to still collect around the root in your container yucca If:

  • The trays and saucers beneath the pot cannot be empty. Yucca plants usually contain trays beneath the pot to stop water from spilling into the house. It is essential that the tray is frequently empty of water since it could maintain the soil at a degree of moisture which causes the roots of yuccas to turn brown.
  • Roots or soil that are compacted could slow down drainage. If you notice that the water draining from your pot slowly, then you should examine your drainage holes to make sure that it isnt blocked, allowing water to be able to drain efficiently.

Key Takeaways:

  • Give yucca plants an ample amount of water to ensure that the water drips down the bottom in the planter. Make sure to wait for to allow the upper 2.5 inches of the soil to dry out between watering sessions to prevent root rot. Make sure you drain excess water from the tray under the pot.
  • Yucca is best planted in a an aeration-free potting mix that has been that is amended with grit to improve drainage.
  • Make sure to plant yucca in pots that have drainage holes at the base to avoid water accumulating around the roots and leading to root decay.
  • The signs of water-deficient yucca is that the leaves are drooping and curling up, before turning brown, whereas over watered yucca leaves change to yellow.


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