Each spring all the yucca plants put out a vertical stem which supports the yucca flowers and eventually the seed pods. These stems grow rapidly and in several days they may be several feet in length. Choosing a yucca over at the Rustic Cabin which had just started sending up a new flowering stem and with some bailing wire the rapidly growing stem was bent and tied. Within 24 hours the stem had grown enough to require another bend and more wire was used to train the stem into another curve. This was continued on a daily basis until several curves were produced. At this point the stem quite growing and began to flower so the yucca was left alone. After the seed pods open, the stem will die and dry providing another curvilinear stem for an unusual fence stay for the resort. Now that the process of training yucca stems is understood, it will be possible to create a number of the pieces next year.
|Curved and tapering yucca stem|
|Tapering and twisted yucca stem|
|Growing curved and tapered yucca stems for fence stays|