How To Propagate Donkey Tail Cactus

Stem cuttings are the simplest and fastest method of propagating a Sedum Morganianum. It can also be spread by means of leaves. I nearly always choose the stem propagation route.

Typically, leaf propagation requires more time and has a lower success rate than stem cuttings (at least for me). However, because they shed their leaves so readily, leaf propagation can be a very helpful method for propagating these plants.

The steps in propagation are as follows:

Take a few stem or leaf cuttings as your first step. Instead of shriveled or dried stems or leaves, go for those that are full and robust. Make sure to get the entire leaf when using them. A damaged leaf won’t function.

Step 2: Wait for the cut or wound to heal before letting the clippings dry for about a day. Keep away from direct sunlight and in a dry environment. Dip cuttings in rooting hormone, if desired. Rooting hormones can hasten the process of rooting and proliferation, while they are not required.

Step 3: Make a potting mix that drains nicely. Plant the stem cuttings in soil after they are dry. Lay the leaf cuttings flat on the ground or bury them in the soil.

Step 4: Watch for the plant to take root and sprout new growth. This could take two weeks or longer.

Step 5: Avoid exposure to direct sunlight while rooting the cuttings to avoid sunburn.

Step 6: Water the soil on a daily basis or whenever it seems dry. Reduce the frequency of watering to once per week or fewer once the plant is well-rooted and more established. More water can be stored by mature plants than by young ones.

How can I speed up the growth of my donkey tail?

Burro’s tail adores the brilliant shade or moderate sun. This alluring succulent adores the four hours of bright light. Remember that it will get burned by the hot sun; offer it early sunshine instead for optimal growth.

Keep these resilient plants indoors where they will receive enough sunlight, such as on a balcony, in a sunny window, or on a patio. In the spring, shine bright light indoors on your colorful donkey’s tail to encourage blossoming. To produce the ideal circumstances for the succulent, you do need to make sure the pot has sufficient drainage.

How is a donkey tail cactus grown?

The care of a burro’s tail is perfect for the frequent traveler or the gardener with a weak green thumb. When growing the tail of the burro, water carefully. Make sure the plant is uniformly and fairly moist. Overwatering a succulent can make its stems rot and perhaps kill it.

A mixed cactus and succulent container can be adorned with burro’s tail, and it works great in a hanging basket. It creates a distinctive ground cover and thrives in rockery crevices. Consider putting the bushy stems in a bed of colorful perennials or assorted seasonal flowers. It works well in a xeriscape garden and is the ideal choice for large-leaved plants.

Can donkey tail leaves be multiplied?

A Burro’s Tail requires no special maintenance. That and propagation, which you should learn how to do because everyone of your pals will want a cutting or two, will be covered further down. At the conclusion of this list, I’ll also tell you what it needs if you want to grow it indoors since mine grows outside.


Bright shade or moderate sun are preferred by Sedum morganianum. In the blazing sun, it will burn. It enjoys the morning sun, which mine receives. It now receives some afternoon sun as well because my neighbor took down two of his pine trees last year.

The stems that are receiving too much sun are a pale green, as you can see if you watch the movie at the very end. Ideal color for this plant would be a gorgeous blue-green. I’ll keep an eye on it and decide whether I need to transfer it to a less sunny area.


Don’t overwater it because all those leaves are storing water. If you do, it will waste away. I give my Burro’s Tail a thorough drink every 10–14 days because it is well-established (it is about 5 years old). This method of watering also aids in the flushing out of some salts from the water and fertilizers. That is aided by the wintertime rainwater that the mine receives. Don’t splash and pee every other day, in other words.

I water it more frequently every 9 to 11 days throughout the growing season, when the days are longer and warmer. Plants in clay pots typically dry out more quickly than larger plants in smaller pots. Adapt your actions in accordance with the weather.


This succulent requires proper drainage, just like any other. Use a combination made specifically for cactus and succulents as the water needs to drain out of it quickly. If you reside nearby Pasadena, I get mine at California Cactus Center. Alternately, you can lighten any existing potting soil by adding horticultural grade sand and perlite (or fine lava rock, gravel, or pumice).

Worm castings are my go-to planting tool. That would be wonderful for your burro’s tail as well. By the way, every spring I top dress all of my garden’s pots with compost and worm castings.

It’s uncommon to find your Burro’s Tail flower. Despite the fact that there were only 3 clusters on that massive plant, mine blossomed for the first time ever this year.


Here in Santa Barbara, the wintertime low temperature is typically in the mid-40s. Occasionally, but rarely for longer than a few days, we plunge into the thirties. Mine is next to the house and doesn’t seem to be under any strain during those brief cold spells. Our summertime temperatures, which are often in the mid to upper 70s, are perfect for the Burro’s Tail.


I simply spray them off once a month because the only pests my garden ever encounters are aphids. Burro’s Tail isn’t particularly sensitive to a wide variety of insects. If hosing it off doesn’t work, you can spray it with a solution of 1/5 rubbing alcohol to 4/5 water. Neem Oil is a natural insect control solution that is quick and easy to use on a variety of insects.


Similar to most succulents, Sedum morganianum is simple to grow from seed. Simply trim the stems to the desired length, remove the bottom third of the leaves, and then wait 2 to 3 months before planting them to heal (the cut end of the stem will callus over).

Your cuttings may need to be staked down in the pot when you plant them since the weight of the stems will pull them out. Additionally, you can grow it from individual leaf cuttings, as shown in the image below. Please be aware that this plant’s leaves break and fall off quite quickly. If you’re interested in learning more about this topic, I wrote a lengthy blog entry about sedum propagation.

It can also be multiplied using the individual leaves. Where the leaf joins the stem, little plants are beginning to appear. Simply place the leaves on top of your mixture of succulents and cacti, and they will take root. Keep it relatively dry.

It is frequently offered as a hanging plant for indoors. You can purchase a burros tail right here. Place it away from any windows that receive direct sunlight and in a location with nice, bright light. In the winter, you might need to reposition it because the sun moves to a location with more light.

It’s crucial to avoid overwatering this plant. Do not water those leaves every week because they store a lot of water. A thorough watering once a month should be sufficient, depending on the temperature and lighting in your home.

In the video below, I demonstrate my burro’s tail plant in my front yard.

Does donkey tail enjoy the sun’s rays?

Like many succulents, donkey’s tail does best in a place with a lot of warm sunshine, though it will tolerate some shade. If you decide to keep your plant indoors, choose a sunny windowsill with enough of everyday light.

How are monkey tails propagated from cuttings?

Beginners should find it quite simple to grow monkey tail cactus. For your monkey tail cactus to flourish, abide by following maintenance instructions.

  • 1. Lighting: Monkey tail cactus want bright, indirect sunshine to survive. This native to the desert cactus will handle some full sun, however indirect light is preferred.
  • 2. Water: During the spring and summer growing seasons, water your cacti once a week. When your monkey tail cactus enters its dormant season in the fall and winter, it will store water in its stems. When the soil is fully dry during the off-season, lightly water the plant, but take care not to overwater as this might cause root rot.
  • 3.Soil: A cactus-specific soil mix or a well-draining organic soil mixture are best. To assist the soil drain excess water, look for cactus mix at your neighborhood nursery or add perlite to a typical potting mix.
  • 4. Fertilizer: To promote development, apply a low-nitrogen, high-potassium fertilizer every month during the plant’s spring and summer growing seasons.
  • 5.Pot: The monkey tail cactus doesn’t require a big pot to grow because its roots are shallow. To enable the flowing stems to trail as they extend past the length of the pot, think about repotting your plant in a hanging basket.
  • 6. Pests: Mealybug, spider mite, and scale insect infestations are common on monkey tail cacti. If you see an infestation, apply rubbing alcohol with a cotton ball along the spines to get rid of the pests. Next, use a non-toxic insecticide, such as neem oil, to stop further infection.
  • 7.Propagation: Cut off a portion of a stem from your monkey tail cactus and let it dry for a few days before replanting. Plant the end in rich, organic cactus soil when it develops a callus. Put the plant in a moist spot that gets both full sun and some shade. Within a few weeks, your plant ought to start to root.

How are donkey ear plants multiplied?

Donkey ear reproduction techniques. Donkey ear succulents are often reproduced via cuttings in the early spring. Use a sterilized knife or pair of scissors to trim a small piece of a leaf. Place it on the surface of well-drained, moist soil, and watch for a while to see how the leaf sprouts into new plants.

Do you water donkey tails frequently?

Both inexperienced and experienced gardeners like burro’s tail: It is aesthetically pleasing, grows quickly, needs little maintenance or space, and is very simple to propagate—that is, to create new plants from stem or leaf cuttings. Here are some suggestions for maintaining succulents:

  • 1. Put in a sunny spot. Burro tails require bright light or some sun for at least four hours each day. If your burro’s tail is an indoor plant, make sure it’s close to strong light but away from windowsills with full, intense sun. Full sun will turn the leaves pale green or yellow. If you live in a chilly climate, bring your burro’s tail inside because they prefer temperatures between 50 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • 2.Use water prudently. Since burro’s tails are succulent plants, the leaves can hold water. Your burro’s tail plant will decay if you overwater it. Although experts advise watering the plant roughly every 10 days throughout the growing season when temperatures are typically above 40 degrees Fahrenheit, outdoor plants only require water every 10 to 14 days. Use the “soak and dry” procedure when it’s time to water, which specifies that the soil must be entirely dry before additional irrigation. Depending on the temperature and amount of light in your home, indoor burro’s tails only require thorough watering once a month. Discover more about succulent plant maintenance.
  • 3. Use soil that drains effectively. Burro’s tails need well-draining soil, much like all succulents do. A mixed soil is best for succulents because pure garden soil would encourage root rot. Additionally, you can create your own well-draining soil by combining potting soil with equal parts horticultural grade sand, perlite, or pumice. Compost and worm castings can be fed to your burro once a month during the warm months and not at all during the winter to add extra nutrients to its tails.
  • Pest surveillance. Fortunately, burro’s tails appear to be resistant to the majority of insect pests, however your plant may still have aphids or mealybugs. A burst of water from the hose or a solution of water and rubbing alcohol can be used to spritz them. Burro’s tails can be safely be treated with neem oil, a naturally occurring insecticide derived from the seeds of the neem tree.
  • 5. Repot as required. Although mature plants are frequently too fragile to repot, repotting a burro’s tail is simple to perform if the plant becomes too large or outgrows its pot. The best container is a terra-cotta pot with draining holes since it will let the plant breathe and store water. Remove the plant once the dirt is completely dry, look for and remove any rotten roots, and then repot it in a fresh pot with well-draining soil. After a week of keeping the burro’s tail dry, lightly irrigate the soil to promote root growth and prevent root rot.