Yucca rostrata in its new home
|Yucca rostrata at Poot’s Cactus Nursery in Ripon, CA|
But it is the largest trunked specimen I was able to afford. Yucca rostrata with a 4-ft. trunk go for upwards of $500 in Northern California nurseries!
|My Yucca rostrata, 2 ft. tall in a 5-gallon container|
I knew where I wanted to plant my Yucca rostrata but I was afraid it would look lost there since it’s only 2 ft. tall. In addition, there’s an overhang above this space which would pose a problem when the yucca reaches 7 ft.
The solution, I thought, would be to put in a container for the time being and wait until the Agave desmettiana ‘Variegata’ (top right in the next photo) dies, as agaves do after they flower. The yucca could then take its spot because there is no issue with the overhang above.
However, the entire succulent bed would ultimately look unbalanced if such a potentially tall plant were right in the front.
So I went back to my original idea and planted the Yucca rostrata in the space once occupied by a Yucca gloriosa. I removed it because it was growing too fast and too large. Fast growth is not an issue with Yucca rostrata. In fact, it is known for being glacially slow. That means that it should be able to stay in this spot for many years to come. And if it ever gets tall enough to hit the overhang, I can always transplant it. From what I’ve read, this species does transplant fairly easily.
After becoming privy to my confused thought process, you might be wondering what the purpose of this post is. Quite simple: I wanted to highlight the fact that gardening decisions can be convoluted and take time to sort out. I know gardeners who are constantly moving plants because they’re dissatisfied with how they look in a given spot. I’ve certainly done my share of that, but I do try to give long-lived plants a permanent home from the get-go so they can develop to their full potential.