Plant Care Burro's Tail

Burro's Tail

4.6 out of 5 (175 experiences)

Burro's Tail has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Burro's Tail has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate

About Burro's Tail

The burro’s tail is a charismatic plant that is very easy to propagate. Each petal can be carefully removed to create a new plant. In the wild, they are native to an extremely localized area of one hillside in Mexico. Plants that are only found in a small region are known as endemic. Now a popular houseplant, they can be found in homes around the world! 🐴

Taxonomy

Sedum morganianum
Sedum
Crassulaceae
Saxifragales

Also known as

Donkey's Tail and Sedum morganianum 'Burrito'

How to care for Burro's Tail

💦 Water

How often to water your Burro's Tail

Water needs for Burro's Tail
0.5 cups
every 12

Burro's Tail needs 0.5 cups of water every 12 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Burro's Tail

Water 0.5 cups every
12

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Burro's Tail in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Burro's Tail: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Burro's Tail love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Burro's Tail does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Burro's Tail in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Burro's Tail

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Burro's Tail: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Burro's Tail after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Burro's Tail is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Benefits of Growing Burro's Tail →

Common Burro's Tail Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Burro's Tail thrives in dry soil and should be watered sparingly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Burro's Tail Water Frequency →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Burro's Tail requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Burro's Tail Light Requirements →

Burro's Tail Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Burro's Tail is not known to cause harm to humans or pets. Regardless, if you, a family member, a cat, or dog has ingested any plant material, please consult a doctor or a veterinarian.

Burro's Tail Toxicity to Humans →


💨 Humidity

Burro's Tail enjoys lots of humidity. Provide humidity for your plant by watering regularly and thoroughly, since plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves. They may also benefit from being placed next to a humidifier.

Burro's Tail Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Burro's Tail is very sensitive to wet soil, so choose a potting soil that drains very well and doesn’t retain too much moisture. A good soil will have lots of perlite or vermiculite for drainage and some organic matter for nutrition. A few handfuls of perlite added to regular store-bought cactus soil will do the trick!

When and How to Successfully Repot Burro's Tail →


💩 Fertilizer

Burro's Tail grows very slowly and doesn’t require added fertilizer. Replacing your plant’s potting soil once a year should provide them with more than enough nutrition. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!

How Much and When to Fertilize Burro's Tail →


❄️ Dormancy

It’s common for Burro's Tail to go dormant in the summertime and you may notice their growth slow down. Waterings should be spaced out more during this time.


🌎 Native Region

Burro's Tail is native to Northern Hemisphere, South America, and Africa.


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Burro's Tail has long, trailing foliage which makes them a great addition to a hanging planter. The newest growth will emerge from the tip of the stems.

How and When to Prune Burro's Tail →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Burro's Tail can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 9-11. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Burro's Tail Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

Burro's Tail can be propagated by the leaf method. To propagate:

  • Remove a leaf by gently twisting until it pops off.
  • To get the leaf to root, you can either:
    • Place the leaf in water until roots emerge and are ~2” long and then transplant into well-draining soil, or
    • Place the leaf directly into well-draining soil

🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


😖 Common Issues

Overwatering is a likely cause of issues with Burro's Tail. These plants are very sensitive to wet soil so if you notice your plant becoming squishy or translucent, overwatering is the likely culprit.

Cut your plant just past where the rot ends and allow it to callus over for a few days before replanting it in fresh, dry soil. Download Greg to make sure your plant never gets overwatered again!


Care Summary for Burro's Tail

Burro's Tail

Burro's Tail


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 12 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Burro's Tail has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 109
Burro's Tail has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 96
Burro's Tail has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 81
Burro's Tail has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 20
Burro's Tail has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 9
Burro's Tail has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 3
Burro's Tail has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 2
@mirandaaplanet avatar
@@mirandaaplanet
leaf-1 119 Plants
xp 8,391 XP
04/03/2022

super easy just give lots of sun and a little water once in a while it is delicate tho

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
@grimmauxillatrix avatar
@@grimmauxillatrix
leaf-1 34 Plants
xp 4,028 XP
globe Alameda, CA
12/23/2021

Jesus Christ do not get one of these unless you're ready to be overwhelmed by it. I keep finding props of it in my other plants' pots where some of its leaves fell. It won't stop growing. It was taking over the pot I put it in with some other plants. It's survived mealy bugs, me forgetting to water it, me knocking half it's leaves off and falling off a shelf. This is the Terminator of plants.

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
@Gor4red avatar
@@Gor4red
leaf-1 64 Plants
xp 10,601 XP
12/22/2021

Love this plant! Have propagated it several times.

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
@FindingEden avatar
@@FindingEden
leaf-1 29 Plants
xp 3,229 XP
12/08/2021

Nice contrasting green to the Jade plant in the same pot.

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
@calilaurel avatar
@@calilaurel
leaf-1 15 Plants
xp 849 XP
globe Davie, FL
11/24/2021

So pretty and smells so good. Unfortunately there were lots of gnats flying around, which i was able to fix, but then caught some baaaad scale and i had to propagate and save what I could, but she propagated super easily!! and now is right back to growing super fast.

Pest magnet Pest magnet
Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Eva avatar
@Eva
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 87 XP
11/02/2021

Very quick grower and needs a large area

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
@R_L15748 avatar
@@R_L15748
leaf-1 74 Plants
xp 17,841 XP
10/03/2021

Easily over watered

Survivor Survivor
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
@bigshe64 avatar
@@bigshe64
leaf-1 47 Plants
xp 5,916 XP
globe Ephrata, PA
09/29/2021

Will be beautiful when mature.

Sophia avatar
@Sophia
leaf-1 7 Plants
xp 158 XP
09/16/2021

Super cute plant but can be fragile just like me

Survivor Survivor
@avalofgreen avatar
@@avalofgreen
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 67 XP
globe Wichita, KS
09/02/2021

leaves fall easily

Survivor Survivor
@sarahsalith avatar
@@sarahsalith
leaf-1 279 Plants
xp 236,456 XP
globe Memphis, TN
08/28/2021

* This plant sits in a west-facing window in a plastic pot. I water it about every 12 days or so. *

I really like this plant! I love the shape of the leaves and I love the way the sun filters through it in the evening. It's the most beautiful color green.

This plant has doubled in size since I've gotten it just four months ago. I have to be very careful when I water it, because the leaves just pop off if I bump into them. I realize that I need to be thinking about a more permanent pot for this plant and I need to find a place to hang it so it does not get jostled around.

I used to think String of Pearls was THE plant to have, but I like this burros tail much better.

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
@blossoms avatar
@@blossoms
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 151 XP
globe London, England
08/22/2021

it’s very cute, i decided to taste a leaf that fell down it was very sour i’m not sure who needs to know this

Survivor Survivor
@annaxsmith avatar
@@annaxsmith
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 230 XP
globe Middleville, MI
08/19/2021

it is very easy to care for and it can live for a very long tume

Survivor Survivor
@Eleni avatar
@@Eleni
leaf-1 10 Plants
xp 380 XP
globe Midlothian, TX
08/16/2021

Very fun to look at the “leaves” do fall off easily if you bump them

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
@ValzPlantitas avatar
@@ValzPlantitas
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 112 XP
08/15/2021

Dont put in direct sunlight because it will get burnt and its a very delicate succulent but it makes up for it by being so beautiful

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
@caitlynbuboltz avatar
@@caitlynbuboltz
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 158 XP
globe Tampa, FL
07/24/2021

only water about 1 time every 2-3 weeks and dont let it have too much sun, great as an indoor plant!

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Nora avatar
@Nora
leaf-1 20 Plants
xp 855 XP
globe Bangor, ME
07/23/2021

This is a fast growing, adorable little plant! The only downside is it’s very delicate and the leaves fall off even with the gentlest handling and leave sad little bald spots.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
@honeyyvoiced avatar
@@honeyyvoiced
leaf-1 16 Plants
xp 8,688 XP
globe Mount Prospect, IL
07/14/2021

I got this plant at a flea market where it only retained its leaves near the top. But once I repotted it it grew like crazy. So easy to care for and the leaves propagate easily in water.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
@McCall avatar
@@McCall
leaf-1 34 Plants
xp 1,981 XP
globe Salt Lake City, UT
07/13/2021

I really like this little guy but I don’t think he’s growing much. Even with a ton of sunlight. He’s got a little bro too that seems to be just as stunted.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves

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