How to grow and care for Donkey's Tail Plant (Sedum morganianum) Indoors

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Donkey's Tail Plant, Sedum morganianum

Botanical name: Sedum morganianum
Family: Crassulaceae
Common names: Donkey's Tail Plant, Burro's Tail Plant

Donkey's Tail Plant Description

Sedum morganianum commonly called Donkey's Tail Plant or Burro's Tail Plant is a trailing plant which bears 2-3 ft long stems, completely clothed with blue-green cylindrical succulent leaves.

With its spectacular cascading stems and terminal, pink to red flowers, Donkey's Tail Plant is ideal for a hanging basket.

Donkey's Tail Plant grows well in very good light but not extreme heat. To enhance leaf coloration grow Donkey's Tail Plant in bright light with at least 8 hours of sunshine.

Donkey's Tail Plant Origin

Burro's Tail (Sedum morganianum) is native to southern Mexico and Honduras.

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Donkey's Tail Plant, Sedum morganianum

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Donkey's Tail Plant (Sedum morganianum) Care Indoors

Donkey's Tail Plant Light Requirements

Donkey's Tail Plant (Sedum morganianum) grows best in bright light with some direct sunshine. Protect your Donkey's Tail Plant from hot sunshine to avoid sunburn.

Should you choose to take your Donkey's Tail Plant outdoors, gradually acclimatize it and place in a shaded place. Check out this guide on understanding light for houseplants.

How to Water Donkey's Tail Plant

Water Donkey's Tail Plant (Sedum morganianum) moderately throughout the growing season but water very infrequently in the cold months as growth is minimal at this time.

Ensure the pot has a drainage hole to prevent the soil from getting soggy as it can lead to stem-rot.

Avoiding wetting the leaves as it can lead to rotting and water from the bottom instead.

Water your Donkey's Tail Plant with water that is at room temperature to avoid plant shock as it can result in reduced growth. Read more on how to water houseplants.


Temperature for Donkey's Tail Plant

Average warmth temperatures from 18-260C are ideal for Donkey's Tail Plant (Sedum morganianum).

A sudden change in temperature between day and night is excellent for this plant. Read more on understanding temperature for houseplants.

Humidity for Donkey's Tail Plant

Donkey's Tail Plant (Sedum morganianum) has no need for high humidity. Average room humidity is adequate for Donkey's Tail Plant.

Fertlizer (Feeding) for Donkey's Tail Plant

Feed Donkey's Tail Plant (Sedum morganianum) monthly during the growing period with a water-soluble fertilizer. Withhold feeding during the cold season as growth is minimal at this time.

How to Repot Donkey's Tail Plant

Repot Donkey's Tail Plant (Sedum morganianum) only when the plant is pot-bound and take care not to damage the fragile leaves as they drop very easily but they can be used for propagation.

Use a shallow rather than a deep pot for your Donkey's Tail Plant as it has shallow roots. A clay pot is preferable because it is porous and therefore allows the soil to dry out faster.

The pot should be only 1 size larger than the previous one. Ensure that the pot has a drainage hole to prevent the soil from getting soggy as it can lead to rotting.

Soil for Donkey's Tail Plant

The best soil for Donkey's Tail Plant (Sedum morganianum) should be sandy or rocky soil to avoid getting soggy soil. The soil should be loose enough to allow water to drain out fast enough.

Cactus and Succulents soil is ideal for Donkey's Tail Plant. Buy quality Cactus and Succulents Soil for your Donkey's Tail Plant from Etsy.

How to Prune Donkey's Tail Plant

Pruning Donkey's Tail plant (Sedum morganianum) requires removal of dead or diseased leaves to maintain your plant neat and tidy.

Donkey's Tail Plant (Sedum morganianum) Propagation

Donkey's Tail Plant (Sedum morganianum) can be propagated from leaf cuttings or stem cuttings at the beginning of the growing season.

How to propagate Donkey's Tail Plant (Sedum morganianum) from stem cuttings

Take 4-6 in. stem cuttings from a healthy Donkey's Tail Plant.

Allow the cuttings to dry (callus) for 1-3 days before planting to avoid rotting.

Lay the Donkey's Tail Plant cuttings on moist free-draining soil.

Water lightly by misting, only when the soil is dry and avoid getting the soil soggy as it can lead to rotting.

Place the set up in a shaded placed, away from direct sunshine until there is new growth. Roots take about 3-4 weeks to develop.

Donkey's Tail Plant, Sedum morganianum

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Donkey's Tail Plant (Sedum morganianum) Problems Indoors

Donkey's Tail Plant brown soft spots

Brown soft spots in Donkey's Tail Plant (Sedum morganianum) is leaf spot disease which is enhanced by poor air circulation.

Ensure there is free air circulation for your Donkey's Tail Plant at all times.

Donkey's Tail Plant rotting base, yellow and shrivelled leaves

Rotting plant base followed by yellowing and shrivelled leaves in Donkey's Tail Plant (Sedum morganianum) is an indication of basal stem-rot disease which is brought about by overwet conditions.

Reduce watering during the cold season as growth is minimal at this time.

Also, ensure that the pot has a drainage hole and the soil is free-draining to prevent the soil from getting soggy.

Donkey's Tail Plant shrivelled leaves

Shriveled leaves in Donkey's Tail Plant (Sedum morganianum) are caused by underwatering.

Too little moisture in the soil will cause the leaves to wilt and shrivel.

Maintain the soil for your Donkey's Tail Plant slightly and do not allow the soil to dry out completely for too long.

Donkey's Tail Plant pests

Common pests in Donkey's Tail Plant (Sedum morganianum) are Mealy Bugs and Scale Insects.

Isolate the affected plant to reduce spread to other houseplants and treat it appropriately for the pests.

Is Donkey's Tail Plant (Sedum morganianum) toxic?

Donkey's Tail Plant (Sedum morganianum) is non-toxic to both humans and pets. It is safe to grow indoors. However, it should not be eaten.

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