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About Yuccas:

The Genus Yucca consists of about 30 species in Mexico till Guatemala and 50 species in the USA.
Most species in the colder and northern parts of their range tend to be small and trunk less, but in the tropical and subtropical areas, some species may become large branched trees up to 15 meter tall!
Like Agave species, some species of yucca spread by underground rhizomes to create low colonies. That’s one of the reasons that by some species like faxoniana and schidigera, after wildfires or extreme cold, new stems can form from the base even if the aboveground stems were destroyed.
Like all yuccas and hardy succulents, it’s important to take care of good water drainage when planting. The bed must be raised and lean to the south, so the plants get as much sun as possible. Best way is to raise the bed above the subsoil. In the bottom of all beds should be a 20 cm thick layer of gravel, and above this a 25 to 40 cm layer of soil, gravely sand mixed with small gravel where the plants shall grow in, depending on the specie. On top of the soil you can put a 3-5 cm layer of 1-1,8 cm granite chippings. The granite chippings will help keeping the root neck or trunk dry, and prevent that the rain splashes soil on the plants, and the trunk doesn’t rot because of wet soil lying against the trunk.

However some species are very cold hardy, after a wet winter the plants can be killed because of too many moisture between the leaves at the growing points. If an extremely severe freeze or rain-snow in cold months is expected yuccas can be wrapped with cloth. It is particularly important to protect the growing points on the individual rosettes, smaller plants need to be covered completely.

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