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The best way to Plant a Yucca Aloifolia

Yucca aloifolia, generally called dagger plant or bayonnet, is a member of the plant family Agavaceae, in the yucca. Widely planted as an multi-stemmed shrub or small tree, yucca aloifolia provides abundant greenery and visual interest to the backyard and is drought-tolerant. A slender trunk is presented by the tree with long, swordlike leaves that are leathery. The plant grows from 5 to 20-feet tall at maturity. Native to coastal location sand-dunes in the south-eastern part of the United States, the perennial plant grows best in a sunny, Mediterranean type environment and does nicely in U.S. Department of Agriculture hardiness zones 8a through 10b.

Select a full-sunlight, well-drained area for planting. Dig a hole broader and 8 to 12″ deeper in relation to the root mass of the plant. Use a garden wagon or wheelbarrow to transfer the plant. Using the wheelbarrow or wagon, scoop the soil removed in the hole up and transfer it to a different location or the compost pile .

Prepare 2 parts soil, a mixture of 3 components backyard sand and 2 elements natural compost. Blend thoroughly. Place 2 to 4″ of the potting mixture in the base of the hole. Place the Yucca aloifolia plant in the hole, as formerly planted planting to the same depth. Spread the roots out in the underside of the hole. The hole three quarters full of the mixture. Add water to fill the hole and allow to drain. Watering as you plant will help to remove air pockets round the roots. Add more of the mixture to fill the hole. Tamp the soil and water.

Cover the soil area throughout the plant using a 2- to 3 inch layer of bark or other organic mulch. Water lightly throughout periods of prolonged drought.

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