logo
g Text Version
Beauty & Self
Books & Music
Career
Computers
Education
Family
Food & Wine
Health & Fitness
Hobbies & Crafts
Home & Garden
Money
News & Politics
Relationships
Religion & Spirituality
Sports
Travel & Culture
TV & Movies

dailyclick
Bored? Games!
Nutrition
Postcards
Take a Quiz
Rate My Photo

new
European Travel
Action Movies
Bible Basics
Houseplants
Romance Movies
Creativity
Family Travel


dailyclick
All times in EST

Autism Spectrum Disorders: 4:00 PM

Full Schedule
g
g Cacti and Succulents Site

BellaOnline's Cacti and Succulents Editor

g

Growing Yuccas From Seed

Guest Author - Connie Krochmal

Yuccas can be grown from seeds. The seeds are often planted during the spring. For best results, soak the seeds for 24 hours before planting. The seeds can also be scarified before planting. Rub them against sandpaper or other rough surface.

Typically, the seeds have a germination rate of 80 to 90%. However, this does vary from one species to another.

Seeds of tender species need a warm temperature—65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit in order to germinate. These should be planted indoors or in a greenhouse. For cold hardy ones, around 55 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit is suitable. Germination typically occurs within one to two weeks. However, germination can be irregular, occurring over a period of a year or so.

The seed capsules start to split open when the seeds are ripe. When ripe, they’re black. Each seed capsule will have lots and lots of seeds. Typically, the pods start to ripen from mid-July onwards. Store the seeds in a dry place until planting time.

For hardy species, protect the seedlings from frost for the first year in a cold frame or other protected location. They’re ready to be planted out in the garden during the second year.

These plants go by several common names. These include Spanish bayonet, Spanish dagger, and dagger plant in reference to the shape of the leaves. The yuccas are in the Agave family.

The soaptree yucca (Yucca elata) goes by various other common names. These include Spanish bayonet, datil, and soap weed.

This species is native to a wide area from Utah and Arizona to New Mexico and southwest Texas.

In the landscape, yuccas are used as accent or architectural plants.

Yuccas have many practical uses. Soaptree yucca has long been used by Native Americans for various purposes. The roots, which are called amole, are used as a soap. The root has been taken for its laxative effect.

The flower stalks have been roasted and eaten as a vegetable. During times of drought, the flowering stems have been used as a livestock feed. The stems have also been chopped and added to animal feed at other times. The flowering stems are well liked by livestock. This also serves as a food source for various kinds of wildlife.

Other parts of the plant are eaten cooked or raw by humans. These include the blossoms and the buds as well as the emerging flower stalks.

The foliage is a source of fiber. This has been used to make burlap, sandals, and rope.
This site needs an editor - click to learn more!

Add Growing+Yuccas+From+Seed to Twitter Add Growing+Yuccas+From+Seed to Facebook Add Growing+Yuccas+From+Seed to MySpace Add Growing+Yuccas+From+Seed to Del.icio.us Digg Growing+Yuccas+From+Seed Add Growing+Yuccas+From+Seed to Yahoo My Web Add Growing+Yuccas+From+Seed to Google Bookmarks Add Growing+Yuccas+From+Seed to Stumbleupon Add Growing+Yuccas+From+Seed to Reddit




RSS | Related Articles | Editor's Picks Articles | Top Ten Articles | Previous Features | Site Map


For FREE email updates, subscribe to the Cacti and Succulents Newsletter


Past Issues


print
Printer Friendly
bookmark
Bookmark
tell friend
Tell a Friend
forum
Forum
email
Email Editor


Content copyright © 2014 by Connie Krochmal . All rights reserved.
This content was written by Connie Krochmal . If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact BellaOnline Administration for details.

g


g features
Aloes - an introduction

Mother of Thousands

Jade Plant

Archives | Site Map

forum
Forum
email
Contact

Past Issues
memberscenter


vote
Poetry
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
Less than Monthly



BellaOnline on Facebook
g


| About BellaOnline | Privacy Policy | Advertising | Become an Editor |
Website copyright © 2014 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.


BellaOnline Editor