I trimmed my yuccas and they aren't growing back


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Two yuccas that I've had for over a decade had gotten so tall that they were bending down to get light from the window, which didn't look that great. I Googled yuccas, and in *numerous* places I found seemingly authoritative advice saying I could chop the leaf heads completely off of the stalk at my desired height and, given enough time, the yuccas would generate leaf shoots.

It's been over 6 months now, and nothing. I called the local nursery and a guy there agreed with the advice on the internet, advising me to cut the stalks down a few inches to make sure they were still moist, which I did, and they were moist. He said just give it more time.

I guess I'd just like further confirmation that at some point my yuccas are going to regenerate? Anybody else tried this? Anything I can do to stimulate them to grow leaves?
 
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Some Yuccas don't live that long, so I guess the question is...What species do you have and what's its life cycle?

Maybe it was at the stage in its life that it couldn't recover from a total topping...?

EDIT: I also wonder if...Maybe you should replant it and then put it outside for some direct sunlight. That's just a guess though.
 
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Thanks! I have no idea what type of Yucca I have nor what its lifespan is. Just prior to chopping them I repotted them, so I'm guessing since they've been effectively dormant they haven't used up all the soil nutrients just yet. The sun idea is a good one, I'll try it.
 
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Curious how firm the trunk is? I would think that if it is dead that the trunk would start decomposing and become soft. Maybe something to keep an eye on....
 
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At least one type of yucca is perennial outside in my zone, I had one at my last house. They do like full sun, and they are slow-growing. Check the trunk as roadrunner suggests, if it's firm it is most likely not dead.
 
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Trunks are totally firm, no rot. Hopefully I just have to wait.
 
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