Thursday, January 30, 2020

The Succulent Lamb's Tail

Sedum x orpetti

This is my friend, Suzy's Lamb's tail. I just had to snap a picture of this great specimen! Her care for it is impeccable and it has thrived for quite a while in a very bright spot in her home. It's a hybrid of the more common Mexican native, the Burro's tail. Both are fairly easy to grow with consistent attention.
The Lamb's tail is distinguished from the Burro's tail by its fatter leaves that are spaced a little farther apart along their tasseled branches. This can also be grown beautifully as a hanging basket.

Care Instructions-- 
  • Direct sun indoors. They will probably do well with only an hour or so of direct sun.
  • Let them dry out some below the soil line. If they sit dry for too long, they will begin to lose lower leaves. Even though they are succulent a thorough watering when necessary is best so that all of the roots are moistened.
  • A plant in a 4" (10 cm) diameter pot should dry out slightly below the soil line, then water with about 1/2-3/4 cup, (enough so the water seeps through the bottom of the pot.)
  • A plant in a 6" (15cm) diameter pot should dry out about 1/2"'-1" (about 2cm) below the soil line before watering with about a pint of water.
  • In an 8" (20cm) hanging basket, let it dry out about 1" (2 1/2 cm) below the soil line and water with up to a quart of water.    
  • Fertilize regularly for best growth and blooming.

 *If you can't find your plant on this blog, here is a link to some other great blogs on houseplants:

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**For a variety of  video clips on houseplant care from my 90's TV series, click on: 

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