Joshua tree

For every U2 fan.
Common name : Joshua tree
Scientific name : Yucca brevifolia
Family : Agavaceae
Category : Perennials
Type of plant : Perennial
Evergreen
Evergreen
Yucca brevifolia is a plant species belonging to the genus Yucca. It is tree-like in habit, which is reflected in its common names: Joshua tree, yucca palm, tree yucca, and palm tree yucca. Yucca brevifolia is a plant species in the genus Yucca and in the family Agavaceae. Its common names are Joshua tree and Yucca palm and Tree yucca and Palm tree yucca. They grow in the desert and reach about 15 m (49 ft). The evergreen leaves are dark green, linear, bayonet-shaped, 15–35 cm long and 7–15 mm broad at the base, tapering to a sharp point - they are borne in a dense spiral arrangement at the apex of the stems. The leaf margins are white and serrate.

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Caracteristics

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Frost-resistance Medium
Zone USDA 8a
Height 60 - 300
pH 7

Plant my joshua tree

Outdoors : This yucca resists up to -15 ° C, so you can plant it in the open soil, in a well-drained soil in full sun, sheltered from dry winds. Inside: Desert plant, loving hot and dry environments, the Yucca fits pretty well inside our homes and apartments. It will grow well at a temperature of 18-22 ° and needs light. Be careful however: avoid placing it directly behind a window to the south, the direct exposure could overdry it. Therefore prefer the proximity of a window facing west.

Water my joshua tree

Yucca doesn't like moisture, but it still has it's own need of water. As soon as the soil is dry to a depth of one or two centimeters, water your yucca, ensuring you moisten all of the topsoil. During growth seasons (spring, summer), watering should be regular, about once or twice a week, but controlled, to make sure the roots don't drown. In autumn, gradually reduce watering until winter, when once-monthly watering will suffice.

Spray my joshua tree

In dry weather, spray your plant with water not too hard, clean the dust on the leaves: it will be all the more beautiful and you will protect it from red spiders - its main enemy!

Prune my joshua tree

Let the yellowened lower leaves dry by themselves before tearing them of: they are quite normal in the cycle of life of the yucca, which renews its foliage. Light pruning can also be done in the spring, from February to May, by removing leafy branches starting from the trunks. Keep 3 to 5 leaves on each branch, otherwise it will have difficulty to grow back. If a branch has become too big and you do not want it to grow back, then cut it at its base, one centimeter above the fork.

Fertilize my joshua tree

In summer, add liquid fertilizer for green plants every 2 weeks. We recommend a good quality liquid compost "tea", diluted to 1/10th strength. If you like chemistry, a slow release fertilizer is possible... Stop all fertilizer treatments at the end of summer.

Repot my joshua tree

Every 3 or 4 years, at the end of winter, transplant your yucca carefully to a slightly larger pot than it's current, adding a mixture of sand, topsoil and garden soil.

Check on my joshua tree

Keep a close eye on the leaves: if they are deformed it is either a lack of light or an excess of water. Try both: find a brighter location and reduce watering.

Put outside my joshua tree

Take out your yucca in pot for the summer, from May. Find a spot in full sun, but sheltered from the wind that dries its leaves!

Shelter my joshua tree

By the end of the summer, bring in the pots. Winter your potted yucca in a very bright and frost free location: the ideal temperature should be between 12 and 24 ° C. During the rainy season, space the waterings gradually, waiting for the topsoil to slightly dry between two inputs.

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