Burrito Sedum (Sedum Morganianum)

Burrito Sedum is a unique plant.It is the perfect succulent to hang on a balcony, basket or clay pot. Today we talk about it.Burrito Sedum morganianum is a succulent native to southern Mexico.

It is also called the donkey tail. Despite coming from warm climates it fits very well indoors.

This slow-growing plant is ideal for hanging baskets.

Of course, as the succulent is heavy the basket must be well reinforced.

I love to see the donkey’s tail in clay pots in combination with other plants.

The care of this grateful sedum is very simple.

Some are afraid of this succulent because of the fragile leaves. Today I explain how to take care of it.

Tips to take care of the Burrito Sedum  succulent

Illumination

The most common mistake when taking care of the donkey’s tail is that they place it in direct sun.

This is a serious error. Place it in a place where it receives lighting most of the day, but is protected from direct sun.

The plant will burn in full sun but should receive at least 6 hours of lighting.

You will know if you do not receive enough light if your new growth is pale and weak.

Remember that the ideal color of this succulent should be greenish-blue.

Watering

Burrito Sedum does not receive much water in its natural habitat in eastern Mexico.

Its succulent leaves are designed to store rainy season water. This will sustain it during the drought.

Be sure not to water it.

Only water your succulent when the substrate is dry.

This can be every 10-14 days in an established sedum.

The younger the plant, the more frequent the irrigation.

During the growing season, from April to September, water your plant thoroughly.

Reduce watering in winter, since your succulent will be in its rest period.

If the leaves start to wilt you have waited too long to water it.

When watering do it until the water flows freely through the drainage holes.

Soil

The sheep’s tail is a special case.

It requires a floor that drains well.

But being so heavy the plant requires a porous soil where its roots are aerated and can be strongly supported.

You can use substrate for cacti and succulents and add gravel, fine lava rock or pumice stone.

Care with the weight if you plan to sow it in a basket.

Propagation

Sedum morganianum is very easy to spread.

Follow the next steps:

Cut the stems to the length you want.

Remove two to three inches of leaves at the bottom of the stem.

Let the stems cure for 2 weeks.

Sow the stem in cactus and succulent substrate. Fix the cuts as they can fall due to the weight.

It can also be propagated by leaf.

Fertilization

You can fertilize once or twice a year with worm humus.

Another option is to fertilize with liquid fertilizer monthly.

Use low nitrogen fertilizer. During your rest months do not fertilize it.

Flowering

The Burrito Sedum produces small flowers at the tips of the stems.

In order for it to bloom, it must receive good lighting, especially in the months of growth.

Pests

Its most common plague is arid. Although they can suffer from scale and cochineal too.

You can spray your donkey tail with a mixture of 1 part alcohol and 4 parts water.

You can also use Neem oil as a treatment or preventive.

Temperature

Sedum morganianum is happy in temperatures between 65 ° F / 18 ° C – 80 ° F / 26 ° C.

The cold of winter can encourage your succulent to bloom in the next spring.

Common problems for this succulent 

Fall of leaves: The leaves of the donkey’s tail are always filled with water, this causes them to fall from looking at them. Don’t worry about this, just treat them carefully.

Brown or dry leaves: You’re probably not watering them with enough water or frequency. Be sure to use enough water when watering.

Withered Leaves: Withered leaves can be caused when the succulent is overwatered. Be careful because this can become a serious problem. Use a substrate with good drainage.

Very soft leaves: It can be caused by excess fertilization. Allow the soil to dry and change the substrate.