We have a very large Yucca plant that has multiplied over the years. It doesn’t bloom because it doesn’t get much sun in the northern part of our yard, so we are digging up one of the plants and transplanting it to a sunnier part of our yard.
We use a Fiskars 46 Inch Steel D-handle Square Garden Spade (9667) with a sharp edge to dig through the soil. We need a sharp edge so that if roots are cut, they will recover.
Even though it appears that the Yucca plant roots are close to the surface, we still dig a large circle around the plant to protect the rootball.
As we dig up the rootball, we realize it must weigh about 50 pounds! it is so large and heavy that the United General WH89975 Steel Tray Contractor Wheelbarow, 6 Cubic-Feet, 18-Gallon tips over!
In the old hole, we add Michigan Peat 5540 Garden Magic Top Soil, 40-Pound and a little Espoma PTM8 8-Quart Organic Peat Moss. We also use soil from the old hole so that the plant feels at home in it’s new hole.
For beginner gardeners, transplanting a large plant can be a bit of a challenge. The key is to protect the rootball, and water immediately after planting. Continue to water for 7 days after transplanting, which gives the roots a chance to get established.
UPDATE — One of our YouTube subscribers, Frederick, asked how the Yucca plant is doing, so we are providing an update to track Yucca’s progress …