The sedum donkey’s tail succulent plant is a very popular and common succulent. It seems like more and more succulent lovers are wanting to grow this succulent each and every year. The sedum donkey’s tail is a unique hanging plant that is in the sedum succulent family. This succulent plant is very easy to grow and care for, however some growers do struggle with growing it.
The sedum donkey’s tail also known as the “burro’s tail” is a very fragile succulent that will easily lose leaves and stems. If you do lose some leaves or stems do not worry. You can propagate those stem cuttings and leaves that you lost. This succulent is easy to grow and care for, but there are some key things you need to do in order for this succulent to grow healthy and happy. By the end of this article, you will know exactly how to grow and care for the sedum donkey’s tail succulent plant.
Soil for Sedum Donkey’s tail
The Sedum Donkey’s tail must be grown in well-drained succulent soil. Well-drained succulent soil is much needed when growing this succulent, it will protect it from overwatering and of course root rot. Well-drained succulent soil will keep the soil dry at a very fast rate, which will prevent overwatering and prevent the most common killer of succulents known as 'root rot'.
We recommend using 'Ramsey Succulent Soil'.
Ramsey Succulent Soil has ingredients such as perlite, sand, and seaweed. Perlite and sand are known as the best ingredients out there if you want your soil well-drained. The perlite and sand will soak up all the excess water that your succulent does not need, preventing the soil from staying soaking wet for several days. So yes, Ramsey Succulent Soil will prevent mold/bacteria and root rot (the #1 most common reason why a succulent will die) simply because there will be no excess water.
That's not all though.
What makes Ramsey Succulent Soil arguably the best are the nutrients that's in the soil. These nutrients will help your succulents grow bigger, faster, and healthier.
Ramsey Succulent Soil has seaweed fertilizer, which has 60 trace minerals and nutrients. Yes, your succulents will be absorbing 60 trace minerals and nutrients. This will make your succulents grow bigger, faster, and healthier without a doubt. Compared to other succulent soil, this succulent soil will make a huge huge difference for your plants. Don't believe us? Check out this picture below. You can definitely tell which succulent soil is better for your succulents.
The Sedum Donkey’s tail isn’t cold hardy, so this succulent won’t survive in frost or freezing temperatures. If your location gets under 30 degrees then you will have to move and grow this succulent indoors during the cold winter season. When it’s not winter and it’s warmer outside, you can grow this succulent outdoors. Any temperature around 50-70 degrees is ideal for this succulent. It can definitely handle warmer weather, but make sure to grow in shade if it’s super hot outside.
The Sedum Donkey’s tail is also known as a low light succulent, which means it does not require too much sunlight. In fact, this succulent doesn’t really want that much sun, it prefers a lot of shade. However, you should still give this succulent around 2-3 hours of sunlight every single day so it can still grow healthy. Too much sun can burn its leaves and also too much sun will make this succulent lose its green color and make it look pale. This is why this succulent is an ideal indoor succulent because it doesn’t need or want too much sunlight.
The Sedum Donkey’s tail should get watered 1-2 days a week or whenever the soil looks or feels very dry. Like many succulents this succulent is drought tolerant, but it still needs water so its leaves can be filled and look healthy. Without enough water this succulent won’t look healthy and will lack its character. Its leaves soaks in the water, making its leaves look very filled and healthy.
Make sure to not overwater this succulent, overwatering will cause root rot. Make sure to only water when the soil looks or feels very dry, this method is known as the “soak and dry” method. Make sure to also not underwater this succulent. Underwatering will cause this succulent to have pale or wrinkled leaves, making it look unhealthy. Be sure to keep track of the exact last time you watered this succulent, so if a watering issue does occur you will know exactly what the issue is.
Pots for Sedum Donkey’s tail
The Sedum Donkey’s tail should be grown in a hanging succulent pot. Hanging pots are ideal for this type of succulent, but it doesn’t mean you have to use one. We just recommend growing in a hanging pot because this is a hanging succulent and it wants to grow large by hanging its stems. You can either grow it in a hanging pot, or a regular succulent pot but make sure it has the chance to hang its stems so it can grow large!
How to Propagate The Sedum Donkey’s Tail
You can propagate the Sedum Donkey’s tail succulent by stem cuttings and leaves. To do this all you will need to do is cut off a cutting and some leaves. Some cuttings and leaves have most likely fallen off already because this succulent is super fragile. Anyways, if you have your cuttings or leaves you will have to wait 2-3 days until a callus forms. You must make sure that a callus forms before beginning propagation, if you don’t then propagation won’t be successful.
After your leaves and cuttings have formed a callus then go ahead and plant them in well-drained succulent soil. Water right away and continue to water lightly about every other day. Grow in full shade for the first week and then move to full sun. You will notice roots starting to form and the leaves and cuttings to grow.
For more information on how to propagate succulents, check out our article.
The Sedum Donkey’s tail succulent may get some succulent pests or insects when growing it. Pests such as mealybugs will occur if you overwater this succulent, so make sure to not overwater to avoid mealybugs. Also insects such as gnats or even ants will occur if you overwater. Make sure to not overwater and also make sure to have a very clean growing area so no pests appear.
Growing the Sedum Donkey’s tail is very easy to do, you just must make sure you don’t overwater, give too much sunlight, and use the wrong succulent soil. This succulent is very easy to grow and care for and you now know how to do so!
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