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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! 🐴
Also known as
Donkey's Tail and Sedum morganianum 'Burrito'
How to care for Burro's Tail
How often to water your Burro's Tail
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 located in San Jose, California.
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Water 0.5 cups every
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Finding light for Burro's Tail in your home
Burro's Tail love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.
Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in San Jose, California ⛅.
Burro's Tail does not tolerate low-light 🚫.
How to fertilize Burro's Tail
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.
Burro's Tail is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!
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 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 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 prefers dry environments. Providing extra humidity or misting your plant allows water to linger on leaves, which can create the perfect environment for harmful types of fungi.
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!
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!
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.
Burro's Tail is native to Northern Hemisphere, South America, and Africa.
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.
Burro's Tail can be propagated by the stem method. To propagate:
- Make a cut just above the node. The node is the break in the stem where the leaf emerges.
- To get the cutting to root, you can either:
- Place the cutting in water until roots emerge and are ~2” long and then transplant into well-draining soil, or
- Place the cutting directly into well-draining soil and water when dry.
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
0.5 cups every 12 days
< 1ft from a window
Repot after 2x growth
Based on your location in San Jose, California, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.
What other plant parents say
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.
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.
* 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.