Our September Plant Of The Month: Yucca
Introducing the Yucca Plant, (pronounced yuh-kuh) and also known as Adam’s Needle. It’s spiky leaves and textured trunk is stunning in any living or work space. Here at In Bloom we love bringing the outside, indoors. These human-sized floor plants thrive inside. Read on below for some interesting facts and a guide on how to care and style this lovely greenery!
Origin & Fun Facts
(so you can be the expert)
Native To: Southeast USA
In The Wild: Mostly found in sand – you can see these in the wild along coastal beaches, dunes & rocky areas.
Adam’s Needle: Yucca Plants get their common name, “Adam’s Needle,” due to their sword-shaped leaves that are sharp like a needle.
Species: There are around 40 species of the Yucca Plant variety. Yucca Filamentosa is the most common. Some are tree-like but some are also small shrubs.
Fun Fact: Yucca Glauca, better known as Soapweed is often used for its roots to make soap!
Caring is Preparing
(for the elements)
Yucca Plants thrive in bright light!
Keep these plant friends in bright light near a window or under a grow light. We don’t recommend putting them inside of a closet (of course) or in a dark corner of a room because they will not reach their full potential.
As a friendly reminder – white walls are your friends too! Light can bounce off of these to create more light in a darker area of your space. It is okay to keep them as a corner plant, as long as there is enough light bouncing their way.
If you reside in this hot Florida sun that we encounter, it is highly suggested that you keep Adam’s Needle in partial shade to avoid sunburn. Their leaves and trunk can be sensitive to direct sunlight just like our skin!
Signs of too much sun:
Yellow or white marks on the leaves.
Signs of too little sun:
Thinner in size and have reduced flowering.
Allow the soil to completely dry between waterings.
Avoid water-logging your Yucca Plant.
Always provide proper drainage, whether it is having drainage holes in your pot or using a well-draining soil or base.
Signs of too much water:
A soft trunk, root rot or yellow leaves.
Signs of too little water:
Drying leaves & leaf tips and leaves falling off.
Styling Adam’s Needle
(in the perfect location)
Inside your home (as said above) we recommend putting your Yucca Plant near a bright window, in a bright room. Snag 2 of these floor plants to frame your TV stand or put one in the corner of a bright space in an office or bedroom. This can add some spunk to the neglected areas in your home or workspace.
Avoiding direct sunlight, these can thrive on any type of patio, (covered or not). Pairing these tree-like plants with some furniture to sip on your coffee in the morning, or glass of wine at night will bring life to a relaxing outdoor space. Living in a flat or a downtown apartment space? Your balcony can be turned into a stylish plant zone to showcase Adam’s Needle! Allow it to be seen from others, creating your very own plant city.
Yucca is fairly toxic to humans and pets. Keep out of reach of anyone who may try to ingest them.