How To Propagate Burro’s Tail: A Step-by-Step Guide For Beginners

Burro’s tail or Sedum morganianum is a popular succulent plant known for its trailing stems of plump, gray-green leaves. It is also commonly referred to as “donkey tail” due to its appearance. Propagating burro’s tail can be done easily with some patience and care. In this guide, we will walk you through everything you need to know on how to propagate burro’s tail.

Materials Needed

– Burro’s Tail Plant
– Sharp Scissors or Shears
– Small Pot with Drainage Hole
– Succulent Soil Mix
– Water

Propagation Methods

There are two common methods of propagating burro’s tails: by stem cuttings and by leaf propagation.

Stem Cuttings Method:

1. Choose a Mature and Healthy Stem – Find a healthy stem that is at least 3 inches in length, thick and has no signs of damage or disease.
2. Prepare the Cutting – Using sharp scissors or shears, cut off the chosen stem from the main plant near the base.
3. Let it Dry – Leave it in a cool dry place for about 24 hours until the cut end forms calluses.
4. Planting Time – After callusing, fill your small pot with succulent soil mix leaving enough room at the top for planting.
5. Insert Cutting into Soil – Make a hole in the soil using your finger or pencil then insert your cutting gently into it making sure that only half of it goes inside while half remains outside.
6. Watering Your Cutting – Give water sparingly until roots begin to form (usually around 6 weeks).

Leaf Propagation Method:

1.Gently Remove Leaves – Carefully remove healthy leaves from your burro’s tail plant without damaging them too much
2.Dry The Leaves – Place them in an area out of direct sunlight so they can properly dry out before being planted
3.Place Leaves into Soil – Fill a small pot with succulent soil mix and make holes in the soil using your finger or pencil
4.Insert Leaves Carefully – Place each leaf gently into its own hole, making sure it is placed flush with the surface of the soil.
5.Water Sparingly – Give water very sparingly until roots begin to form (usually around 6 weeks).

Caring for Your Propagated Burro’s Tail

Burro’s tail is easy to care for once propagated. Keep them in a bright spot but protect from direct sunlight which can scorch their leaves. Water only when the top inch of soil has dried out completely. Overwatering may cause root rot which will kill off your plant.

Wrapping Up

Propagating burro’s tail plants by stem cuttings or leaves are both relatively easy methods that require little maintenance but do require patience while waiting for new growth to appear. It’s important to remember not to over-water as this can lead to root rot, so you should always allow the top layer of soil to dry out before watering again.

Now that you know how easy it is, why don’t you give propagating burro’s tails a try? With some patience and care, you’ll have more beautiful succulents in no time!