Candle-palm-mint (Yucca gloriosa) - care and wintering
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Originally from the southeastern United States, the candle palm is sun-kissed. Therefore, a sunny location should be selected for them in the garden. There is enough room to calculate, because over the years the plant grows very large and forms several stems and looks more like a tree. In contrast to the Yucca gloriosa, which has pure green leaves, the trunk remains a little smaller. At a young age, however, the plant initially grows rosette-shaped. A trunk, which usually forms only after years, then raises the entire leaf rosette in the air. Before planting a candle palm, a heavy soil should be loosened up by adding gravel, sand or other drainage material. Otherwise it can easily lead to root damage or rot. Water does not need the palmlilie too much.
The Yucca gloriosa variegata in winterA candle palm can be set outdoors because it can withstand temperatures down to -18° C. Only with longer periods of frost it is advisable to provide the roots with a winter protection, for this bark mulch is well suited. Moisture from above as from below harms her, so she should stand in a location where she is protected against waterlogging especially in winter. Being so close to a wall or house roof that keeps the leaves of the plant dry, especially in areas with frequent rainfall, can help the candle palm to withstand even lower temperatures.
Hibernation of a container plantA candle-palm leaf in a bucket can be put in a dry and cold place during the winter months. In potted plants that have grown too large to accommodate them in a room, the entire bucket should be wrapped with an insulating material. In general, a candle palm leaves grow in a tub but not as strong as in the field.
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