Burro’s Tail Leaves Falling Off? Here’s What To Do

Burro's Tail Leaves Falling Off
Burro's Tail Leaves Falling Off

Burro’s Tail leaves falling off, what can I do? If you are reading this post, there is a high chance that you experience the same problem. Fortunately, this post is written just for you. Here, I will share with you some issues of this plant and some tips on how you can fix it.

Burro’s Tail also known as sedum morganianum is one of the most amazing and beautiful succulents you can have in your garden. I have this plant in my garden too.

The only problem is that the Burro’s Tail, despite its amazing features is fragile. If mishandled, the leaves will fall off quite easily.

Why burro’s tail leaves falling off so easily?

Well, being fragile is one of the characteristics of this Burro’s Tail. That means that if it is disturbed, the leaves will fall off the stem. Another cause is over or under-watering. The second one is something you can control.

If you are new to growing this plant, it might be frustrating for you to see Burro’s Tail losing most of its leaves.

But you need to understand the very nature of the plant. The good news is that; the fallen leaves or beans can be grown into new plants. It is because you can plant those seeds and grow burro’s tail again.

The falling of leaves is a natural phenomenon as far as the growing burro’s tail goes. As long as it is infrequent, there is nothing to worry about.

However, if it is more frequent and in large numbers, then probably something wrong is happening. Check the amount of water your water is getting. In this case, there are two possible reasons.

The first one is under-watering. Sometimes, especially during the seasons when this plant is actively growing, it needs more water than before. So you need to give it enough drink.

On the dormant season, however, when the burro’s tail is not actively growing, watering should be minimal. Most over-watering incidents happen during the dormant season.

My suggestion is that always check the soil. If it is dry, apply a soak and dry watering method. This means that when watering, soak the soil completely with water and allow it to dry. Only water if the soil is already dry.

This way you can save your succulent from over or under-watering. Extra care should be exercised especially when dealing with delicate plants like burro’s tail.

How to Care for and Propagate Burro’s Tail or Sedum Morganianum

Burro’s Tail is one of the succulents that grow tall. In most cases, it can reach up to 4’ in height. It takes several years for this plant to reach its full-length potential.

Like other plants, as it gets older, it also gets heavier and heavier because it gets thicker and thicker. The stems become heavy with overlapping plump with leaves that will form like a groovy braided pattern.

When growing Burro’s Tail, I suggest that you use a more resilient pot such as a hanging basket. Do not use a fragile pot because it may not be able to support the plant as it grows bigger.

Unlike other succulents, growing Burro’s Tail is more challenging. Because it is a fragile succulent, it also requires special care.

Below are the things you need to give this plant for it to grow healthily.


Like most succulent species, Burro’s Tail loves partial sun or bright shade. It does not like hot full sun because it is fragile. It prefers morning sun. I suggest give it 4-5 hours a day of sun exposure in the morning.

If the Burro’s Tail is exposed to hot direct sunlight, its stem tends to become pale green. If this happens in your plant, then there’s a high tendency that the plant has exposed to the direct sun.

A healthy Burro’s Tail has a blue-green color. Any color that will develop in the plant might mean something.


Overwatering is the best way to kill a succulent plant. This is true with the Burro’s Tail. It is not tolerant of overwatering. Its stems and leaves store water very well. Giving it too much water will certainly harm the plant.

If you have newly planted or young Burro’s Tail, you need to minimize the amount of water you give. But if you have a well-established plant, for example, 4-5 years old Burro’s Tail, you can increase the amount of water and the frequency of schedule.

Watering once every two weeks is a good practice. When you water, make sure to soak the soil then let it dry. This will not only help all the roots to absorb water but also help to flush all the toxins deposited in the soil.

During summer or growing season, Burro’s Tail needs more water. During this period, you can give more water and more frequent watering schedule. Do it once every 8-11 days.


Like other succulents, Burro’s Tail needs a fast-draining soil. A soil mix that does not store water but enough moisture that the plant like this loves.

You can find a perfect soil mix online or from the nearby garden supply store. If you want, you can also make your own succulent soil mix.


Temperature also an influential factor of Burro’s Tail growth. Generally, this succulent loves a temperature that varies from 40-70 degrees. But of course, this also depends on many factors.

My recommendation is that observe your plant every season. If something unusual happens to them, try to investigate what could have caused the issue.

Although some succulents are tolerant of extreme environmental conditions, not all of them could survive extreme temperatures.


Insects and other pathogens can really hearth succulent plants. Fortunately, Burro’s Tails are less susceptible to insects. The only common insects that attack this plant are the aphids.

But you don’t have to worry about it. Aphids are easy to control. You just need to spray a mixture of alcohol and water and they will be gone.

To learn more about how to kill aphids, you can read my post here.


Burro’s Tail is one of the easiest succulents to propagate. You just need to cut the stems you want to propagate. Then peel the bottom part of the leaves and let them callus for 2-3 weeks to several months. Make sure that the new plant has already established before planting it.

Planting Burro’s Tail is different from other succulents. It needs to be pinned in the pot to support the weight of the stems. Burro’s Tail can also be propagated using leaf cuttings too.

Remember that overwatering is the number one enemy of this plant. Depending on the season, adjust the amount of water and the watering schedule if necessary.

Related Question

Burro’s Tail leaves are shriveling up, what should I do?

One of the common causes of this is overwatering. As mentioned, falling leaves is normal. But if it happens more frequently and larger numbers, probably something is wrong with the plant.

In this case, I suspect that overwatering is the primary cause. You can fix this by minimizing the amount of water you give to your plant. Also, lessen the frequency of the watering schedule to heal the plant.

This problem is easy to fix especially if the problem is just started. So keep an eye on any changes that happen on your plant.

What is the best way to propagate Burro’s Tail?

In propagating burro’s tail, it is important that you allow the cutting to callous. You do this by sitting the cutting in the soil. Keep it that way. Do not burry. In a few weeks or months, roots will gradually show up.

At this stage, refrain from misting too much because the cutting may develop new plants before roots start to shoot. Or, completely avoid misting those tiny developing plants until you see roots grow.

Once the new roots are already established, you can then slightly burry the baby Burro’s Tail. Remember that this plant loves fast-draining soil. So don’t use compacting soil to allow the plant to gain healthy growth.

I hope this helps. For more information about succulents, read my complete guide on how to grow succulents.


I am a university teacher by profession, researcher, blogger, and gardener.

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