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How to care for a Sedum morganianum

If you like succulents and you also like bigger plants that grow vines, the Sedum morganianum is a fantastic plant for you! This succulent is very easy to take care of, like most other succulents.

In this plant care guide, we're going to explore how to take care of your Sedum Morganianum. Whether you have a Burro's tail (Burrito) or a Donkey Tail, you can use this plant care guide to take care of your Sedum. These two different types of Sedum Morganianum's are identical when taking care of them, they just look slightly differently.

These are the topics we're going to look at in this plant care guide:

  1. Watering your Sedum morganianum
  2. Sunlight requirements for your Sedum morganianum
  3. The perfect soil for your Sedum morganianum
  4. Fertilizing your Sedum morganianum
  5. Is your Sedum morganianum toxic for pets?
  6. Propagating your Sedum Morganianum

Let's discover how we can take care of your beautiful Sedum Morganianum and help it thrive in your house! If you've taken care of other succulents before, taking care of a Sedum Morganianum won't be much different than what you're used to. The Sedum Morganianum is a big plant, but it's still also just a succulent, which means it's quite easy to take care of.

Watering your Sedum morganianum

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Sedum Morganianum from above

If you've taken care of succulents before, you'll know they thrive when they're dry for weeks at a time. Your Burro's tail or Donkey tail is no different and loves to dry out for weeks before you have to water it again. I've forgotten to water my own Sedum for 2 months at a time and it's always just fine.

Watering your Sedum morganianum is definitely a very low-maintenance task, because you won't have to water it very often. Ideally, you water your Sedum once every month if your Sedum is growing in a darker place. If your sedum is growing in a bright and sunny place, you should water your Sedum once every 2-3 weeks. The sunlight makes the environment warm and evaporates the moisture in the soil more quickly, so you'll have to water it a little more often.

Watering your Sedum morganianum in the winter

In the fall and winter, your Sedum morganianum goes dormant for a few months. When your Sedum goes dormant, it won't grow (as quickly) and won't need to be watered as often. On average, you should water your Sedum once per month in the winter. By watering it once per month and letting it dry out for a few weeks, you prevent overwatering your plant.

Sunlight requirements for your Sedum morganianum

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Sedum Morganianum leaves

Not only is this plant easy to take care of, can grow big, it's also very versatile when it comes to light. This makes it a great houseplant for any room in your house!

The Sedum morganianum loves a sunny place, but it also does quite well in a low-light spot. The difference between placing your Sedum in bright spot instead of a low-light spot is that it'll grow more quickly in the sunny spot. Most succulents need a lot of direct sunlight to grow properly without becoming leggy. The Sedum is plant that grows long vines and doesn't become leggy from not getting the bright sunlight it ideally likes to get.

When you place your Sedum in a sunny spot in your house, make sure to water it a little more often, like I've explained in the previous section. The warmth from the sun evaporates the moisture in the soil more quickly and the plant also grows more quickly. If you really want to forget about taking care of your Sedum, it's a good idea to place it in a darker place.

Sunlight exposure for your Sedum morganianum in the winter

In the winter, the sun isn't as strong and lower in the sky during the day. This means that there is less sunlight coming in through the windows and your house is darker during the day.

This means that you should move your Sedum morganianum closer to windows to give it some extra sunlight exposure. If your Sedum is already growing in a low-light place and it seems happy there, you won't have to change anything about the placement of your plant during the winter.

The perfect soil for your Sedum morganianum

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You've already learned so much about taking care of your Sedum morganianum! Let's learn more and continue on the best type of soil for your Burro's tail and Donkey tail!

In the section about watering your Sedum, we've learned that your succulent likes to dry out completely before you water it again. The Sedum is quite sensitive to overwatering, so we'll need a way to get rid of excess water quickly. The soil will help us to get rid of this excess water quickly and keep the oxygen flowing to the roots of the Sedum.

The perfect type of soil is a mix between potting soil, perlite or pumice, and sand. This type of soil doesn't hold onto moisture for a long time and lets it drain to the bottom of the pot quite quickly. Your Sedum doesn't like moist soil, so a mix of these ingredients will get rid of this moisture after a day or two. This allows the Sedum to soak up as much moisture as it can, but not be at risk of overwatering.

The ideal mix is 40% soil, 30% perlite or pumice, and 30% sand. This should drain the excess water nearly instantly to the bottom of the pot, while holding on for a small amount of moisture.

Fertilizing your Sedum morganianum

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Sedum Morganianum vines

Like most succulents, the Sedum morganianum doesn't grow very quickly. Plants that don't grow very quickly don't need a lot of energy to live and survive. Your Sedum is quite happy just existing and growing like this. This is why you don't have to fertilize your Sedum Morganianum very often.

To help your Sedum stay healthy and slowly keep growing, you should water it twice per year: once at the beginning of the spring and once at the beginning of the summer. Succulents aren't watered as often as most other houseplants, so a liquid fertilizer is the best way to fertilize your Sedum. These nutrients will be absorbed quickly and won't stay behind in the pot without doing its job.

You can read more about which fertilizer is best in "What is the best type of fertilizer for houseplants?".

Fertilizing your Sedum morganianum in the winter

In the winter, when your Sedum morganianum is asleep and it's not growing (as quickly), you shouldn't fertilize your plant. Your Sedum morganianum won't use the fertilizer and it'll stay behind in the pot. Over time, this will leave salts behind in the pot and this is not a great place for your Sedum to grow. You can wash these salts out by watering your succulent thoroughly with clean water and letting the excess water drain away.

Is your Sedum morganianum toxic for pets?

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If you've got pets or small children and you're considering getting a new plant for your house, it's important to make sure your plants won't harm your pets or children. Luckily, a Sedum morganianum is completely safe to have around your pets and kids: it's not toxic. You can be rest assured that your houseplant won't harm your pets and kids, so pick a great spot to fully enjoy your Sedum morganianum.

Propagating your Sedum Morganianum

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Sedum Morganianum cuttings

If you've taken great care of you Sedum Morganianum and it has grown long vines, you might consider propagating your succulent. By propagating your Sedum, you can make new plants and share these plants with your friends and family. What a great way to spread a little bit of nature to your loved ones!

Luckily, propagating a Sedum Morganianum is very easy! All you have to do is follow a few simple steps:

  1. Cut off part of the vine or take off a few "leaves"
  2. Let the vine or leaves dry for 2 days in a sunny spot
  3. Plant your vine and/or leaves in soil
  4. Take care of them as you would a fully-grown Sedum Morganianum

A few weeks after planting your cuttings in soil, you should see roots grow. Your cuttings will their own plants in a few months and after that you'll have fully-fledged Sedum Morganianum plants! Who doesn't like free plants?!


In this plant care guide, we've looked at how you can take care of your Sedum morganianum. We've looked at how to water your Sedum morganianum, the best sunlight exposure for your Sedum, the best soil for your Sedum morganianum, how to properly feed your Sedum, and whether your Sedum is toxic for your pets and kids.

Thank you for reading this post! I hope it helps you to keep your plants healthy and beautiful! If you're looking for more guides on specific plants, you can always request a plant guide or donate a plant in order to get a guide for the plant you have trouble with.

Tags: sun-loving, low-light, drought-loving, pet-friendly, beginner-friendly

Posted on: Mar 12, 2022 Last updated on: Apr 8, 2022

Other common names for this plant

  • Burrito
  • Donkey's Tail
  • Burro's Tail

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