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Care of the plant Yucca filifera or Chinese palm.

Care of the shrub Yucca filifera or Chinese palm

The genus Yucca, family Asparagaceae, comprises 50 species of evergreen shrubs native to Mexico, the United States, and the Caribbean. Some species are: Yucca filifera, Yucca elephantipes, Yucca desmetiana, Yucca carnerosana, Yucca aloifolia, Yucca mixtecana, Yucca rostrata, Yucca schidigera, Yucca thompsoniana, Yucca gloriosa, Yucca whipplei, Yucca baccata.

Common name: Chinese palm. This species is native to North-Eastern Mexico.

They are branched shrubs that reach 10 meters (32.8 feet) in height. The leaves are 50 cm (1.64 feet) long, rigid, green in color and have white filaments on the margin. The flowers are edible, cream-colored and appear in large, erect panicles. The fruits are also edible.

They are used in bushy groups, as isolated specimens and in rockery. They can be grown in pots when they are young.

Yucca filifera grow in full sun or semi-shade exposure and in hot climates. The winter safety temperature is 4 ºC (39.2 ºF).

They grow in any kind of soil: poor, sandy, stony or clayey.

Water moderately, waiting until the soil has completely dried. They resist drought well.

Fertilize with compost in late winter.

Prune off wilted flower panicles.

They are plants resistant to pests and diseases but sensitive to excess humidity.

They are propagated from seeds sown in spring in sandy soil.

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Yucca filifera
Yucca filifera
Yucca filifera
Yucca filifera
Yucca filifera