How to propagate: Yucca

The Yucca is native to Central America and belongs to the Asparagus family. Although the plant looks like a palm, it is actually nothing less than that. The Yucca is an easy houseplant. Just like the DracaenaSansevieria and Philodendrons. The plant is not much of a water drinker.

The propagation of the Yucca is a bit more difficult the most indoor plants. It requires more supplies and patience. The Yucca is not the fastest grower, but it's worth it!


  • Yucca
  • Knife or pruning scissors
  • Disinfectant
  • Decorative pot with fresh potting soil

Propagating a Yucca in 4 steps

Step 1: Disinfect

First clean the knife you might be using.

Keep the knife under hot water and clean them well. This prevents you from unnecessarily transferring bacteria during the propagation.

Do you happen to have disinfectant or pure alcohol? Disinfect the tools after using hot water. Let's get away with those bacteria and fungi!

Step 2: Take cuttings

After cleaning the tools, it is time to use them. When propagating the Yucca, it is important that you trim a pup that has a brown stem.

It may be that the pups of the Yucca have already developed roots. Is this the case? Then cut under the roots. If the pups of the Yucca have no roots, this is not a problem. Make sure that you make a cutting of about 7 to 10 cm.

Step 3: Let cuttings dry

Have you neatly separated the pup(s)? Then it's important that you let the cutting dry for 3 to 7 days. Place the cutting in a cool and sheltered place. Avoid a spot on a windowsill.

If you place the cutting in a cool place, the stem will dry out.

When the cutting is drying, you stimulate the shoot to grow roots, so it can absorb moisture.

Step 4: Taking care of the cutting

As soon as the stem of the cutting has dried, you can repot the cutting. It is best to use a special cutting soil for this. In cutting soil there are nutrients that can stimulate root growth.

Give the first period less water than you are used to. This way you will continue to stimulate the cutting to grow roots. After about one month to 6 weeks your cutting will have formed roots.

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