Yucca Transplanting Tips

A yucca plant gives a unique look to gardens and landscaped yards. If you want to grow this plant in your yard, or move it to a larger container, it's important to know how to transplant the yucca from its original pot to another location. Here are some tips for transplanting a yucca houseplant.

When to Transplant

Transplant your yucca plant is in the spring, preferably March or April. If the plant is very big, ask someone to help you with the transplantation. Transplant into a larger pot that is about 1 or 2 sizes bigger than the original. To ensure the plant grows well, buy a commercial soil-based potting product that includes perlite.

Carefully remove the plant from the old container. Look at the rootball and examine the root structure. If you see a lot of large roots wrapped around the bottom of the rootball, untangle them. It's also a good idea to cut off the longer ones using a sharp knife or pruning shears.

Make sure you dig around the rhizomes, being careful not to cause damage. Remove some of the old soil that is stuck around the edges and bottom of the rootball. Place a layer of soil on the bottom of the new pot, and then put the rootball on top of the soil.

Plant the Yucca

Spread out the bottom roots as much as you can so that the top of the rootball fits about 1½ inches below the top of the new container. Use the new soil you purchased to fill in the sides around the rootball. Don't pack the soil, but make sure it is nice and firm. Put a thin layer of soil over the rootball as well. If the yucca plant is very big, consider using stakes so that it does not fall over.

The final step is to pour water over the soil until it starts to run out of the drainage holes. Put the potted plant in an area that receives a lot of sunlight, and refrain from watering it until the surface of the soil dries out.