Donkey’s tail succulent, also known as Burro’s tail, is an easy-to-grow succulent that is native to Honduras and Southern Mexico. It has plump bluish-green leaves and its stem can reach up to 60 cm. These adorable plants are well suited to hanging baskets where stems have enough space to cascade down. They are slow-growing and low maintenance. Although rare to see indoors, they may produce star-shaped flowers in pink and red colour during the summer.
If you want an eye-catching plant that will grow without much effort from your side, the donkey’s tail will make a great addition to your home. But, there are some important considerations you should keep in mind while taking care of this plant. Here are the basic care requirements for a donkey’s tail.
Sunlight Needs Of Donkey’s Tail
A donkey’s tail thrives in partial shade or bright shade. Place it on a sunny window sill where it gets several hours of sunlight. If you want to grow it outdoors, place it in a spot that gets a lot of sunlight but is partially shaded. Avoid keeping it in the scorching sun as it will burn the leaves.
Watering Requirements Of Donkey’s Tail
Like many other succulents, Donkey’s tail is drought resistant. Water generously during the growing season in spring and summer. Generally, watering every 7 to 14 days should be enough. Reduce watering during the winter and fall months. Avoid over-watering the plant as it can lead to root rot.
Donkey’s Tail Fertilization
You don’t need to fertilize Donkey’s tail for it to thrive. But, you can do it to increase the nutrients of the plant. If you choose to use it, do it in spring when the growing season begins. A controlled-release fertilizer (20:20:20) is best for Donkey’s tail.
It is recommended you use 1/4th strength of the fertilizer for mature plants. For younger succulents, you should use a fertilizer with less nitrogen. Donkey tail also benefits from the enrichment of composting and worm castings to the soil.
Which Planter Suits Well For This Succulent?
A donkey’s tail is best suitable for hanging pots or in tall containers that let the plant cascade down the sides. Ideally, you should use pots made of unglazed ceramic or terracotta as they help pull the moisture from the plant’s roots to prevent oversaturation.
Make sure the pot has drainage holes at the bottom so excess water can drain off.
Common Issues In Donkey’s Tail Care
A donkey’s tail is prone to getting aphids. To remove them, you can hose them off every month or apply neem oil.
Also, the succulent has a common issue of falling leaves because it’s quite fragile. You need to be extra careful when handling them as the leaves can fall off at the slightest touch. Avoid moving the plant frequently and keep it out of the reach of pets and children. Repot it only when absolutely necessary