Burro’s Tail Plant Care [The Complete Guide]

The burro’s tail plant (Sedum morganianum) is easy to care for and adds a touch of elegance to any room in your home.

Burro's Tail Plant Care
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The burro’s tail plant (Sedum morganianum) is easy to care for and adds a touch of elegance to any room in your home.

These succulents are known for their trailing stems and red flowers. They make fantastic hanging baskets.

burro's tail succulentThese plants are also sold as donkey’s tail.

While they are basically low-maintenance plants, there are a few things you should know about how to care for them properly.

In this guide, we will cover everything you need to know about Burro’s Tail Plant Care from watering tips to propagation advice.

What Is A Burro’s Tail Plant?

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The burro’s tail plant (Sedum morganianum) is a succulent native to Mexico.

It gets its name from its long, cascading leaves that resemble a donkey’s tail.

Burro’s tail plants are easy to care for and make a great addition to any home.

They are perfect for those who are new to plant care, as they are very forgiving.

Burro’s Tail Plant Care

Here is everything you need to know about Burro’s tail plant care!

Burro’s Tail Watering

Watering your burro’s tail plant is one of the most important aspects of care. These plants are native to arid regions and do not like to be overwatered. 

How to water a burro’s tail plant

When it comes to watering your burro’s tail plant, the key is to let the soil dry out completely between waterings.

This succulent is native to arid regions of Mexico, so it is used to being in dry conditions.

Watering your plant too often will cause the roots to rot, so be sure to let the soil dry out completely before watering again.

If you are unsure whether or not the soil is dry, stick your finger into the soil. If it feels dry to the touch, then it is time to water your plant.

Another way to tell if your plant needs water is to look at the leaves. If they are starting to wrinkle, that means the plant is thirsty.

When you do water your plant, make sure to use room temperature water. Cold water can shock the plant and cause the leaves to drop off.

Water the plant thoroughly until the water runs out of the bottom of the pot. Then let it drain completely before putting it back in its spot.

Burro’s Tail Propagation

This is an easy plant to propagate and you can use stem cuttings or leaves to make more. Most people will use stems for this.

To propagate your burro’s tail plant, you can either take stem cuttings or leaf cuttings. For stem cuttings, take a cutting that is about four inches long and has several leaves on it.

Dip the cutting in rooting hormone and then plant it in moist well-draining cactus soil. Some people let it callus over before planting and rooting powder is optional.

Place the cutting in a pot of well-draining soil and water it lightly. Place the pot in a bright, sunny spot and keep the soil moist but not wet.

After a few weeks, you should see new roots growing from the bottom of the cutting. Once the roots are established, you can repot it and start watering your plant as usual.

The Benefits Of Burro’s Tail

The benefits of having a burro’s tail plant in your home are many. They are known to be excellent air purifiers, help to improve focus and concentration, and can even help to reduce stress levels.

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If you’re looking for a plant that is both easy to care for and offers a multitude of benefits, then the burro’s tail plant is the perfect choice for you!

How To Care For A Burro’s Tail Plant When You First Get It

When you first get your burro’s tail plant, it is important to give it a good home. Choose a pot that is slightly larger than the one it came in and has drainage holes.

Fill the pot with well-draining cactus or succulent potting mix and water the plant thoroughly. Allow the soil to dry out completely before watering again.

In its natural habitat, the burro’s tail plant grows on rocky slopes and in crevices. To replicate this environment, use a fast-draining succulent potting mix.

Place the plant in a spot with bright indirect sunlight. Several hours of morning sun is great for it.

Water your burro’s tail plant thoroughly, then allow the soil to dry out completely before watering again.

This plant does not like to sit in wet soil, so be sure to empty any excess water from the saucer after each watering.

If the leaves start to wrinkle or drop off, this is a sign that the plant is not getting enough water.

Burro’s Tail Temperature

The burro’s tail is most comfortable with a temperature range of 65-75 degrees. So if you are comfortable your plant will be fine.

It can tolerate colder temperatures as low as 40 degrees for short periods of time.

But try to avoid putting it in hot or cold places inside the house like air conditioning or heating vents.

Fertilizing Burro’s Tail Succulents

Fertilize your burro’s tail plant once a month during the growing season with a cactus fertilizer or all-purpose succulent fertilizer diluted by half.

Be sure to flush the potting mix with clean water every few months to prevent salt buildup.

If you notice that the leaves of your burro’s tail plant are turning yellow or brown, this is a sign of either too much water or fertilizer. Cut back on watering and fertilizing until the plant recovers.

How To Make Burro’s Tail Fuller

The burro’s tail plant is a slow grower, so don’t be alarmed if it doesn’t seem to be growing much.

Just give it time and it will eventually start to fill out. If you want to encourage faster growth, you can propagate the plant by taking stem cuttings.

You can place stem cuttings directly back into the original pot to make it fuller.

Burro’s Tail Plant Care Final Thoughts

Overall, the burro’s tail plant is easy to care for and makes a beautiful addition to any home.

With proper watering and sunlight, your plant will thrive. Be sure to use well-draining soil and empty any excess water from the saucer after each watering.

Fertilize monthly during the growing season and flush the potting mix with clean water every few months to prevent salt buildup.

If you notice that the leaves are turning yellow or brown, this is a sign of overwatering or too much fertilizer. 

We hope you enjoyed this guide on Burro’s Tail Plant Care. For more succulent and houseplant care tips, be sure to check out our other blog posts.

When it comes to burro’s tail plants, a little bit of knowledge goes a long way in helping them thrive.

By following the tips in this guide, you’ll be well on your way to becoming a plant care pro! Thanks for reading and happy growing!