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Burro's Tail

SCENTIFIC NAME: Sedum morganianum 'Burrito'

KNOWN AS: Donkey's Tail, Lamb's Tail

CLIMATE (LOCATION): Central America | Tropical

DESCRIPTION: This succulent is irresistibly cute. It has a lot of chubby leaves that are densely layered on long stems that look like tails.

moderate difficulty & pet safe

Burro's Tail Plant Care

Lighting

Light Requirement: Full Sun (Bright Direct Light) & High Light (Bright Indirect Light)

Burro's Tail plants prefer bright, indirect light with some exposure to bright direct light. They do well in a south or west-facing window where they can get bright, filtered light. North or east-facing windows will not supply enough light. If grown indoors, they may need supplemental light from an LED grow light if not located close to a south or north-facing window.

Lighting Recommendations

-20%
Aspect™ LED Growlight
$120.00 - $160.00 $200.00 Sale
-15%
Vita™ Grow Light
$72.25 $85.00 Sale

Watering

Quick Tip: Allow soil to completely dry out before watering.

Burro's tail plants are drought-tolerant and prefer to dry out between waterings. The best way to water them is to thoroughly soak the soil and then wait until the soil has dried out completely before watering again. It's important not to let the plant sit in standing water, as this can lead to root rot. Overwatering can also cause the leaves to become mushy and fall off. Burro's tail plants are sensitive to overwatering, so it's better to err on the side of underwatering. When watering, it's a good idea to pour the water directly onto the soil and avoid getting water on the leaves, as this can lead to fungal diseases. Additionally, it's important to use well-draining soil and a pot with drainage holes to prevent water from sitting in the soil.

Temperature

Preferred Temperature: 60º - 80º

Burro's Tail plants prefer temperatures that are warm and mild. These plants are native to hot, arid regions of Mexico, so they can tolerate a range of temperatures. However, they do not like extreme temperature fluctuations, so it is best to keep them in a relatively stable environment. Ideally, the temperature for Burro's Tail plants should be kept between 60°F to 80°F (15°C to 26°C). They can tolerate slightly cooler temperatures, but not below 50°F (10°C). It is also important to protect them from drafts and sudden temperature changes, which can stress the plant and cause leaves to drop. Overall, Burro's Tail plants thrive in a warm and stable environment.

Humidity

Preferred Humidity: 30 - 50%; Low/Moderate Humidity

Burro's Tail, to maintain healthy humidity levels for your Burro's Tail, you'll want to aim for a relative humidity of 30-50%. This can be achieved through a variety of methods, such as placing a humidifier near the plant, misting the leaves with water, placing a tray of water near the plant to increase moisture in the air, and using a hygrometer to make sure you are hitting the mark. Another important factor to consider is air circulation. Burro's Tail prefers good air circulation, as stagnant air can lead to fungal growth and other issues. You can promote good air circulation by placing your plant in a well-ventilated area, or by using a fan to create gentle air movement.

Additional Plant Care

Propagation
Burro's Tail is a trailing succulent that is relatively easy to propagate. One way to propagate this plant is through stem cuttings. Start by taking a healthy stem cutting that is about 4-6 inches long and remove the leaves from the bottom 2 inches of the stem. Let the cutting dry out for a few days to form a callus. Once the callus has formed, place the cutting in a pot filled with well-draining soil and keep the soil moist. Over time, roots will begin to form and new growth will emerge from the top of the stem. Another way to propagate Burro's Tail is by placing the stem cutting directly into the water until roots form, then transplanting it into the soil. Keep the newly propagated plants in a bright, indirect light and avoid direct sunlight until they become established. Pro tip: always make sure you are using clean shears to cut your propagations!
Toxicity
Burro's tail is a succulent plant that is non-toxic to humans and animals. This plant is considered safe for both pets and children, making it a popular choice for indoor and outdoor gardening. Although it is non-toxic, ingesting the plant in large amounts can cause gastrointestinal upset such as vomiting and diarrhea, but it's still a bad snack!
Repotting
Burro's tails are succulents that are native to Mexico. When it comes to repotting burro's tail plants, it is important to do so in the spring or summer when the plant is actively growing. To begin, choose a pot that is only slightly larger than the current one, as burro's tail plants prefer to be in snug containers. Fill the bottom of the pot with a layer of gravel or rocks to help with drainage. Then, fill the pot with a well-draining soil mix that is specifically formulated for succulents and cacti. Carefully remove the burro's tail plant from its current pot, being sure to handle it gently to avoid breaking the delicate stems. Place the plant in the new pot, backfill it with soil, and gently tamp the soil down around the roots. Allow the plant to settle in for a few days before watering to avoid any transplant shock.
Pruning
Burro's Tail is a trailing succulent that is native to Mexico. Pruning this plant is important to keep it looking healthy and neat. The best time to prune a Burro's Tail plant is in the spring or summer. To prune the plant, you will need a clean pair of sharp, pruning shears. Start by trimming the stems that are too long or have become leggy. Cut them back to a length that you prefer. Be sure to make clean cuts at an angle, and avoid leaving any jagged edges. You can also pinch off the tips of the stems to encourage branching and bushiness. After pruning, the plant may look bare or sparse for a while, but it will quickly regrow and fill out. Water the plant sparingly for a week or two after pruning, and avoid fertilizing until new growth appears.
Fertilizer
Fertilizing Burro's tail can help promote healthy growth and improve its overall appearance. Dilute the fertilizer to half-strength and apply it to the plant once a month during the growing season, which is typically spring and summer. Be sure to water the plant thoroughly before fertilizing to prevent the roots from burning. Also, avoid fertilizing during the dormant season in fall and winter. With the right fertilization, your low-maintenance burro's tail with thrive!
Soil
Burro's tail plant is a succulent that requires a well-draining soil mix to thrive. The best soil type for Burro's tail plants is a cactus or succulent potting mix that is enriched with perlite, sand, or pumice to promote drainage and prevent soaking. This type of soil mix allows water to flow freely through the soil, preventing the roots from becoming soaked and preventing the development of root rot. Additionally, it is recommended to add some organic matter, such as coconut coir or peat moss, to retain moisture and add some nutrients to the soil.

Hanging Heights

Burro's Tail Lighting Requirements: Full Sun (Bright Direct Light) & High Light (Bright Indirect Light)

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