Succulent lovers with a just-right spot to hang a plant outdoors should look no further than a burro’s tail to add to their collection. This chunky trailing plant is a head-turner in any space where it hangs and is very low maintenance. Here, Tammy Nguyen, owner of IvyMay & Co., fills out our tip sheet on how to care for a burro’s tail.
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Burro’s tail is among the most independent of outdoor plants. Once you find their happy place—meaning a spot with a little shade—they require minimal watering. This makes them perfect for plant parents who have little time to care for their green guys.
As with most succulents, the burro’s tail is a sun worshipper through and through. But it’s best to put yours in a slightly shaded area to avoid it getting sun scorched. And while these plants thrive best outdoors, you also can place them inside next to a bright window.
One monthly watering is about all your burro’s tail needs. No kidding! Heads up: Since they require such little hydration, the soil can clump together between watering sessions. Consider using a pen or chopstick to poke holes in your soil as a form of aeration before you soak your plant.
True to most trailing plants, a burro’s tail prefers to be kept in a high place so it has room to grow. Pot yours in a well-draining container (meaning a pot with holes in the bottom), in a cactus or succulent soil that promotes good drainage. Tip: Add additional perlite to your soil mix to make an ultra-well-draining concoction.
Price: $25–$35 for a 6-inch pot
IvyMay & Co. is a former plant retailer turned e-boutique manufacturer of potting soils, trellises, and pebbles.