This is what (Hesperaloe parviflora)looks like when its flowering.
Every time I see a Red Yucca (Hesperaloe parviflora) in full bloom, I remember an incident that still makes me laugh and groan at the same time….
I was working as a horticulturist at a golf course and I was fortunate to have a wonderful crew of landscapers. One of the landscaper’s was Abel. He was in charge of maintaining the clubhouse landscape grounds. One day, he came in to my office with a huge smile on his face and told me that in addition to the work that I had already assigned him, he had pruned some plants around the clubhouse and couldn’t wait to show me what a great job he did.
I went with him to see what he had done and when we got there, I just couldn’t believe it….. he had pruned off all the tops of the 30 Red Yucca (Hesperaloe parviflora) plants!!! I was in complete shock and standing beside me was a smiling Abel, whose was so proud of his work and who honestly did not have a clue that he had done something wrong.
This is what was left of one of the (Hesperaloe parviflora) plants.
Well, I didn’t have the heart to tell him that you never should prune the tops of Red Yucca leaves. But, I did tell him that he needed to check with me before he pruned anything else around the clubhouse.
This story has a happy ending…..the Red Yucca eventually grew back and Abel continued to work for me about a year with no further pruning disasters. He then left to go back to Mexico where he became mayor of his small town.
**So how should you prune Red Yucca? Well, once the flowers have faded, just prune back the flowering stalks. That’s it. It really couldn’t be more simple.Red Yucca is a very low-maintenance plant, just take care not to prune the top of the plant 😉
So, have you seen any pruning disasters lately? I seem to be seeing quite a few….