Sedum morganianum is a beautiful trailing succulent that is popularly grown as an indoor plant housed inside hanging baskets.
The leaves are fleshy, have a bright green color, and have the shape of a teardrop. Its compact appearance has given this interesting-looking succulent the common names of ‘Burrito’, ‘Baby Burro’s Tail’, and ‘Baby Donkey’s Tail’.
Full maturity can be reached in 5 years where the stems of Sedum morganianum could reach a length of 120cm (48”) long. In the springtime, Burrito will produce clusters of magenta-colored flowers that are shaped like stars.
Sedum morganianum is native to Mexico and Honduras and is a member of the Crassulaceae family.
Also known as: Burrito, Baby Burro’s Tail, Baby Donkey’s Tail
Plant Family: Crassulaceae
Origin: Mexico and Honduras.
Height: 120cm (48”)
Exposure: Full to partial morning or late afternoon sunlight for up to 6 hours.
Water Needs: Apply the soak and dry method and water the soil only when it’s completely dry.
Soil Type: Standard potting soil mix with added ingredients such as pebbles and coarse sand to improve drainage.
Soil pH: 6.0.
How to Grow and Care for Sedum Morganianum ( Burrito )
Sedum morganianum is no-fuss succulent. Give it enough sunshine and water only when needed and Burrito will be just fine.
One of the things you have to remember is that this Sedum’s leaves are delicate. Be extra careful when handling the succulent or when moving its pot indoors.
Baby Burro’s Tail is not fond of very cold weather. If the temperature in your region falls below 1.7° C (30° F), Sedum morganianum would be better off planted in a pot that can be transferred inside your home.
Sedum morganianum will thrive in partial to full sunlight. Make sure Burrito is planted in an area in your garden that gets up to 6 hours of the morning or late afternoon sunlight.
As a houseplant, place Baby Donkey’s Tail near a window that receives partial sunlight of up to 6 hours. If this isn’t possible, place the succulent under a Grow Light.
Similar to other plant life, sunlight is very important for succulents. If Sedum morganianum doesn’t get enough sunlight, it will undergo etiolation.
Etiolation is the process whereby the leaves of the plant stretch out as if looking for sunlight. This condition will make the leaves wither and grow weak. The problem can be resolved simply by exposing Burrito to sunlight.
Take a gradual approach as immediate exposure could do more harm than good. Start out by exposing Baby Burro’s Tail to partial shade for a few hours. After a few days, introduce the plant to partial sun exposure.
Succulents have made their way into the big screen. If you notice the actor spraying the succulent every time – don’t follow the same mistake. When it comes to watering succulent plants, there are only 2 things to remember.
First, only water the plant when the soil is 100% dry. If you water while the soil is moist, the roots will rot.
To check if it’s time to water, insert a stick 1-2” into the topsoil. If the tip feels dry, give the soil a good soaking.
Second, water the soil and not the plant. If you water from above, the plant will remain moist longer and put the roots at the risk of rotting. You’ll know that the soil has been adequately watered if you notice excess water leaking from the drain holes of the pot.
Pot and Soil
Drying out the soil is very important for Sedum morganianum’s survival. Yes, this succulent is usually placed in a hanging basket but you can also plant it inside a pot.
Choose either a ceramic or terracotta pot that is unglazed. This type of pot allows moisture to escape from the soil.
Make sure the pot you buy has sufficient drain holes at the bottom. A mesh net is a plus because it will keep soil from falling out.
Plant Baby Donkey’s Tail in a standard potting soil mix and add coarse sand or pebbles to improve drainage.
How to Propagate Sedum Morganianum ( Burrito )
If you want to add to your collection of Sedum morganianum, the good news is that the succulent can easily be propagated.
You have 2 methods to choose from: Propagation by leaves or stem cuttings.
Method 1 – Leaves
Step 1: Perform a twist and pull on a healthy leaf. Be careful not to leave any part of the leaf on the stem. You can also cut off the leaf with a sterilized pair of garden scissors.
Step 2: Allow the leaf to develop calluses by placing it in a dry and warm area for 2 to 3 days.
Step 3: When the leaves have developed calluses, place them on top of well-draining soil.
Step 4: Keep the soil moist by lightly misting it until the roots have formed.
Step 5: Once the roots have taken hold, water the soil only when it’s completely dry.
Method 2 – Stem Cuttings
Step 1: Cut off a healthy stem from the main plant by using a sterilized knife.
Step 2: Place the stem cuttings in a warm and dry area for 2 to 3 days until it develops enough hard calluses.
Step 3: Plant the callused stem cuttings on fresh, well-draining soil.
Step 4: If the roots have not formed yet, lightly mist the soil every day.
Step 5: When you see the leaves firmly entrenched in the soil, water it only when 100% dry.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Sedum Morganianum ( Burrito ) Toxic to Cats and Dogs?
Sedum morganianum is generally non-toxic to cats and dogs. Burrito is not listed on the website of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) as a succulent plant that can be harmful to your pets.
Why Is My Sedum Morganianum ( Burrito ) Dying?
Sedum morganianum is resilient and durable but it can get sick – even die – if given too much water or if pests have made your plant their nesting ground.
Feel free to shower Baby Burro’s Tail with love but not with too much water. Overwatering is the leading cause of death of succulents as keeping the roots in a moistened state for a long period of time will cause them to rot.
If you see the leaves of Burrito turning dark or blackish-yellow, grab a sterilized pair of garden scissors right away. Cut off the infected sections of the plant – the leaves or stems. After every cut, wipe the scissors or knife with a cotton ball dipped in 70% isopropyl alcohol.
Once all the discolored sections have been removed, turn your focus toward the roots. Remove the plant from the soil and cut off the roots that are rotten and beyond salvation.
Leave Baby Donkey’s Tail to dry out while you prepare the succulent’s new home. Fill out a ceramic pot with a fresh, new batch of standard potting mix and replant Sedum morganianum.
Keep pests such as mealybugs, aphids, spider mites, and mollusks away from Sedum morganianum by spraying it with neem oil.
These insects are bad for your plant’s health because they drain it with sap and leave substances on it that can cause a fungal infection.
If you see white substances on Burrito’s leaves, wipe them off with a cotton ball that’s been soaked in 70% isopropyl alcohol.
Yes, Sedum morganianum produces magenta-colored, star-shaped flowers with bright-yellow stamens and light-pink sepals in the spring. The blooms will appear in clusters of 6 flowers per stem.
Last Updated on June 9, 2022 by Sofia Lara