Indoor plants

Yucca elephantipes

One of the species of the Yucca genus is a fantastic choice for all the people who are very busy pine have too much time to take care of their plants. It is the Yucca elephantipes. It is known by the common name of Yucca elephant foot and is considered a plant that requires hardly any care but gives an exotic contribution to improve the decoration in the interiors.

If you are one of the people who does not have time to take care of a plant and who decorates your home, stay and read this article because we are going to show you all the characteristics and care of Yucca elephantipes.

Characteristics of the Yucca elephantipes

This plant comes from regions of Central America, there are more than 50 different varieties. This Elephant Foot Yucca is one of the most popular species of this genus for growing indoors. The reasons are simple. On the one hand, it is a plant that hardly requires any care, so you will not have to be attentive to it. On the other hand, we have a plant that without taking care of it, adds an exotic touch to our home. Indoor plants usually need to be moved in order to capture some sunlight at the end of the day. There are also some humidity and watering levels to take into account for the plant to thrive. However, as we will see, this plant is very easy to care for.

The common name is due to the shape of its trunk. It is long and wide so it reminds of an elephant’s leg. It has leaves very similar to those of palm trees, being very thin. These leaves have a deep green color and end in a point. The whole aesthetic of the plant looks quite exotic looking like a kind of tropical jungle. This makes it great if it is located in living rooms and entrances since it does not load the spaces and provides great style.

It is a specimen that does not branch out too much and can be found in florists and garden centers as one or two logs. These trunks will have a couple of branches each. If we plant it outdoors we can see that it reaches up to 10 meters in height, but if we grow it indoors, due to environmental conditions, it can only grow about 2 meters in height. However, it is already quite a tall plant for indoors.

Care Yucca elephantipes

This plant is extremely resistant so it is able to adapt to numerous environmental conditions. This makes it a plant that requires very little attention. If you have someone who likes indoor plants and wants to keep improving their house, Yucca elephantipes is the perfect gift. It can also be a good gift for those who are new to the world of plants.

Although we say that it is a plant that hardly requires care, some aspects must be taken into account so that the plant grows as healthy as possible. We are going to analyze one by one the care that this plant requires to keep it in good condition.

Lighting and temperature

First of all is lighting. It requires a fairly high sun exposure. You need it in order to develop and grow at a good pace. It can be placed somewhere where it receives direct sunlight and it is recommended that it receives it for at least 3 hours of sunlight a day. It is better to grow indoors than outdoors as it is a plant that does not tolerate frost well. Depending on the climate of the area where we live, it is possible that winters have frosts below temperatures that it cannot bear. Once last winter, we can transfer this plant to the outside.

If you don’t have a yard or garden, it is best to locate the Yucca elephantipes near a window. It is in this situation that it can receive the maximum possible light. If it doesn’t get too much light, the plant won’t die. But its growth will stop and its leaves may lose intensity. An indicator that the plant is not getting enough sunlight is that spots appear on its leaves.

As for the temperature, it is a fairly resistant plant. It can tolerate quite varied climates with the exception of frost. Its maximum stability can be found in temperatures that are between 18 and 38 degrees. It can withstand light frosts, but if we place it indoors these low temperatures are not so harmful. It is best not to risk it and store the plant indoors during winters.

Irrigation and compost

The Elephantfoot Yucca is an all-rounder and can handle a lack of water quite easily. On the contrary, it does not bear well the excesses of it. We can see that if we forget to water the plant, it will not have any problems in its growth beginning development. It must already be too long a forgetfulness for the earth to dry out completely. However, if we overdo it and water it more than normal, we may cause irreparable damage to the roots. The roots tend to rot quite easily if the watering is too intense.

To eliminate this excess watering, it is best to have a substrate that has good drainage. The drainage is in charge of filtering the irrigation water and not letting it accumulate or flood. If we place it indoors it is advisable to put a plate under the planter. In this way the plant will be able to perspire and evacuate excess water. It is able to withstand droughts and can even withstand several days with the substrate completely dry.

So that there are no doubts about irrigation, we are going to guide some guidelines:

  • If you are in summer, it is better to water once every 7 days.
  • If it is the winter time, it is better to water every 20 days.

Although we have given these guidelines, but after the substrate or wet even though the days we have mentioned have passed, it is better not to water it and wait until it is completely dry.

Finally, with the issue of compost we can see that it grows quite fast whenever it receives too much lighting. To give it an extra supply of nutrients we can fertilize it with a compost for green plants. The advice is to use less doses than recommended by the manufacturer of the product.

I hope that with this information you can learn more about the Yucca elephantipes.

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