I wonder if anyone can advise me on sorting out a distressed yucca.
I have a number of questions but I'd like to give a little background first.
This plant was growing
healthily in my late Father-in-law's living room until he moved to smaller apartment just before he died. Not having space indoors, he put it out on a very narrow balcony for a few weeks during which time we had an unusually cold spell with a good deal of high wind.
By the time I got it, it was ragged with scores of dead leaves, which I pruned away, denuding the thing rather, but it perked up... it even bloomed!
Originally, he got this plant about 5 years ago from his cousin who runs a business supplying pot plants to company offices, hotel lobbies and the like... or used to run, before the tsunami washed it all away. The brown pot you see in the picture is just a disguise for its original, much smaller pot, and it's not clear what the growing
medium is. Given the size of the thing, I'd say it's desperately in need of repotting, and actually splitting into more than one pot... I reckon there are at least 3 separate plants in there.
So my first question has to be about repotting and possibly splitting.
Then there's the sheer height of the thing. There's nowhere to put it outside. The highest growth comes from 3 branches (?) off the biggest, central trunk (?) and these are the most seriously denuded. I'm stumped (no pun intended) as to what to do about it.... could I clip these upper branches down to a more manageable height?
My other concern is about timing; Japan is now entering a very humid rainy season which will be followed by an intense period of baking, humid hell on earth. The thing is, I'm not sure this plant can survive until next spring
before it gets to stretch its roots a bit... I'm not even sure I will survive.
So there you have it... I would really appreciate some guidance or suggestions because this could be a lovely plant or plants. I'm including an image of one of the flowers
... I'd never seen a yucca in bloom before and was amazed at how lovely the blooms are and what an incredibly strong scent they have, easily overpowering every other odour in a 20' radius.