Yucca rostrata (Beaked Yucca) seeds
Yucca are remarkable plants grown for the architectural value of their bold, sword-shaped leaves and showy panicles of flowers help on stout upright stems high above the foliage. Make excellent feature plants in containers or a bold statement in the border. Do particularly well in seaside gardens with poor, sandy soil.
Yucca rostrata is a striking species, native to Texas and Mexico with a rounded crown of cool blue, spiked leaves and a distinct single trunk. Bears a spectacular flower spike up to 1m long, topped with white, fleshy flowers. A fantastic, architectural palm which is happy indoors or outside where it can withstand down to -10C.
Hardy Perennial (to -10C)
Height: up to 3m
Position: Sun & very well-drained soil.
Packet of 10 seeds
Sowing Instructions: Sow at any time of year. Sow very thinly on the surface of a moist, free-draining, good seed compost (eg. John Innes) and just cover the seed with sieved compost. Seal in a polythene bag and propagate at 13-15C on a windowsill or greenhouse/coldframe (in summer). Germination should take place in 1-4 months and can be erratic, hence the need to sow thinly so that seedlings can be removed without disturbing the compost too much.
Growing Instructions: When the seedlings are large enough to handle, pot up individually into small pots (7-9cm) and grow on in well-ventilated, cooler conditions. Overwinter in a frost free place. When established, gradually acclimatise to outdoor conditions before planting out in late spring, 1.2-2m apart, in a sunny position and well-drained soil.