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I Have A Yucca Tree/plant And My Cat Tore Two…

Stacy Asked

I have a yucca tree/plant and my cat tore two pieces off the main trunk. I was wondering if I could just stick them back into dirt and they’d grow?

The Gardener’s Answer

Hi, Stacy in Iowa: Really it depends on what species you are growing. Some yucca species can be propagated from leaf cuttings and others are propagated by division of rhizomes or stem cuttings. It sounds like your cat only tore off the foliage so hopefully yours is one that can be grown from leaf cuttings. The only way to find out is to try. It is important to let the foliage callus before you pot it up. This may take about a week or so but after the cut end has callused over, pot it up in a soil made specifically for cacti and succulents. Water it and place it in a warm, brightly lit room. Make sure the container has good drainage and keep the soil moderately moist. Too much water will cause rot so keep the soil on the dry side. It may take several weeks for roots to develop and several months for new growth to begin.

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