Top Questions About Burro’s Tail

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Questions About Burro’s Tail

Asked by
Brooksplants on
October 28, 2012

Q. Why Is My Burros Tail Losing “Leaves”?

My burros tail is beautiful except it has a very long trailing stem that has lost over half of its “leaves”. It is in a south exposure, water once a week in the summer, less in the winter. Am I doing something wrong? The top is beautiful. Should I cut this long stem off and let it start over?

Answered by
theficuswrangler on
November 3, 2012
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If I'm understanding you correctly, there is one long trailer hanging down, and losing leaves. Could it be that this long stem is getting brushed against? Burro's Tails are very delicate, and the leaves can be easily knocked off.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
January 2, 2015

Q. Burro’s Tail is Drying Up

I have a burro’s tail houseplant. The little leaves are drying up like raisin. I water when soil is dry. I also use filtered water when watering. Help before I lose it.

Answered by
theficuswrangler on
January 5, 2015
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Try testing the soil moisture near the bottom of the pot, rather than just on the surface of the soil. If the soil underneath is too damp, the roots will probably start to rot. Try also moving it an area where it gets more light, and set up a small fan to blow gently over it, to help evaporate extra soil moisture. Here's useful information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/testing-moisture-in-plants.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/cacti-succulents/burros-tail/burros-tail-care.htm

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Answered by
diannasgarden on
January 4, 2015
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I would take it out of the pot and check the roots for rot. All the roots and stems should be firm and whitish. Look for anything that is black and smelly, if this is found, I would take cuttings which lay out to dry for a couple days, then pot up in a cactus soil mix. Each individual round leaf will also start a plant if it is further gone.

Leave this plant dry out thoroughly between watering and make sure it has great drainage.
Thanks for asking your question!

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Asked by
Plant Lady on
June 21, 2015
Berkeley, CA

Q. My donkey tails developed brown spots

I have several donkey tails that I have raised (many from propagating) over many years. Never had a problem with them but recently one of the healthiest ones has brown spots on it. I keep in a pot on my patio (northwest corner) and it gets direct sun. I live in the San Francisco Bay area which has a mild temperature in summer, rarely above 70-75. Any suggestions?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
June 22, 2015
Certified Expert
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Dry brown spots are a sign of under watering.

If the spots are soft it is most likely leaf spot disease.
This can be treated with a fungicide.
Adding circulation among your plants is a good idea.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/cacti-succulents/burros-tail/burros-tail-care.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/disease/plant-leaf-spots.htm

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Asked by
tashakay on
September 24, 2015
Indianapolis, Indiana

Q. Burros Tail flowers

I have had a Burros Tail for 8-10 years now and I had no clue they flowered until I found this site. How can I get mine to flower? This plant is kept indoors.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
September 26, 2015
Certified Expert
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The perfect growing conditions is the key to blooming.

It is rare to see blooms on an indoor growing Burros Tail.

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Asked by
Ida Meyer on
August 10, 2017
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Q. Burro tail

Is it normal for my plant’s ends to project upward?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
August 12, 2017
Certified Expert
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It may be looking for more sunlight. Try moving it to a better light position.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/cacti-succulents/burros-tail/burros-tail-care.htm

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Asked by
mummareynolds on
September 19, 2017
manningham, south australia

Q. Burro’s Tail

Hi, I put my burro tail out in the sunshine and all the leaves turned white. It may have been very wet from recent rains. Would being wet do this to the leaves??

Answered by
BushDoctor on
September 19, 2017
Certified Expert
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I believe it to be a sudden switch to unfiltered sunlight. These must be introduced to full sun slowly, a few hours at a time. Over-watering will cause a whole different set of symptoms, however is a real possibility if it continues to get so much water. Here is an article with more information:

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/cacti-succulents/burros-tail/burros-tail-care.htm

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Asked by
Csmithey on
November 15, 2017

Q. Donkeys tail pruning bare vines

I just received this plant that was left from previous tenants. There are a good ten vines that are bare from roots and have about two feet before the leaves start. My question is should I cut the bare vine part off completely?

Answered by
BushDoctor on
November 15, 2017
Certified Expert
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You can, but this will change the shape of the plant. It will want to regrow from the branching point right above the soil level. You can take all of these leaflets, and put them into moist soil. They will each grow into full plants.

When you go to cut them, they will likely drop most of their leaflets. This is ok, and it will recover.

Here is an article for more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/cacti-succulents/burros-tail/burros-tail-care.htm

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