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Red Yucca may be propagated through seed germination, stem cuttings, and clump division; clump division of “pups” is the most successful. Established plants will eventually develop offsets or “pups” that grow to the side of the plant. To propagate, dig up the offsets and replant them. Young potted plants are also readily available at nurseries. Select a location with full sun and well-drained soil. Space both nursery plants, or harvested “pups,” at least 2-3 feet apart to allow for mature growth; young plants may be small, but they will spread relatively quickly.
Red Yucca is fairly maintenance free. Established plants are extremely drought tolerant, although occasional watering in hot summer months encourages growth and flowers. Young, tender plants may require protection from rabbits and deer.
Red Yucca does not require any fertilization.
Older leaves of Red Yucca will eventually die and drop to the ground; these may be individually cut off for a neater appearance. After flowering, dead flower stalks may be removed for a cleaner look. However, when left to produce fruit, the resulting seeds are a good food source for birds, and may be used to start new plants.
Red Yucca has no serious insect or disease problems. Fungal root rot can occur in damp, heavy soils. Avoid overwatering, and plant in a well-drained location to help prevent this condition. Aphids may appear, especially when flowers are in bloom. The insects are usually not a problem, but may be removed by spraying with high-pressure water, or a natural insecticidal soap. Occasionally, scale insects may find Red Yucca an attractive target. The safest effective way to control scale is with a horticultural oil spray. Read and follow package directions on all horticultural products.