I SHOULD have known better than to leave my 30-odd year old yuccas out all winter.
Unfortunately, their usual overwintering space in the conservatory has been taken over by my expanding range of heated propagators, so they had to take their chance.
I should point out, they’re not dead, but they’re coughing up blood.
It wasn’t the winter that did for them, it was the freezing spring.
Both growing tips of one tree rotted, with one on the other falling to the same fate.
However, all is not lost. There was a tiny bud ready to break on one trunk, so I took drastic action and sawed it off an inch above, doing the same to the other tree.
They don’t look good, but this should encourage any rising sap to concentrate its energy into getting that bud off to a flying start.
All they need is a good top-dressing and general feed, a sunny sheltered place – and a small prayer.