Burro’s Tail Care: How To Grow A Burro’s Tail Plant
The first thing you need to do when growing a burro’s tail plant is to make sure it gets enough sunlight. You will want to keep your plants watered regularly, but not so much that they become too dry or wilted. If you are going to grow a burro’s tail plant indoors, then you will probably have some shade provided by the house. You may even want to use a greenhouse. However, if you plan on keeping your plants outside, then you will want to provide them with plenty of light.
You can purchase a small metal reflector that will allow you to shine bright lights onto your plants. These types of reflectors are available at hardware stores and garden centers. They usually cost around $10-$20 dollars each and come in different sizes. They are very handy to have in case you ever get into trouble because of excessive watering.
Another option is to buy a UV-B (ultra violet) bulb. These bulbs are available from most drugstores and grocery stores. They typically cost around $1-$3 dollars each and come in various colors. Make sure that these bulbs don’t contain mercury, which can cause cancer! It is recommended that you use a 40 watt bulb per 3-4 plants.
These can get rather expensive to run over time, but some people swear by them.
If you place your plants outdoors, then you will need to wait until spring before you can start. Most areas experience a certain amount of winter chill that will be necessary before the plants will begin growing. Once this has occurred, you can place your plants outside so they can get plenty of sunlight. Be sure that they are in a shady area during the hottest part of the day and make sure they have easy access to water.
So now that you know how to grow a burro’s tail plant, it is up to you to place them someplace where other people won’t trip over them. They can survive for long periods of time without being watered or if they don’t get enough sunlight. Just keep in mind that you will want to transplant them into bigger containers once they begin growing. If a lot of the roots are crushed or broken during the transplanting process, then they may die. If this occurs, then you should place the plant in a shady area until new roots begin to form.
It can take up to several months for this to happen, but the plant will usually survive.
You should be able to locate a burro’s tail plant at most garden centers or nurseries. If you have any problems finding them, then try another one. Some of the plants you find may already be flowering. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but they should be at least a couple years old before they do this. Once they flower, the leaves will begin to die.
It is still possible to grow a burro’s tail plant from the seeds, but it will take longer for them to begin producing flowers.
One of the best resources for finding burro’s tail plants is to join an online garden forum and make a post requesting information. Most of the members of these forums are very helpful and can tell you where they got their plants. You may be surprised by how easy it is to find these unusual plants.
Also, if you have any problems growing these plants, or if you begin getting large quantities of them, then you should post a help request detailing the issues you are having. Most of us gardeners love to help out others and we would be glad to give you tips on how to care for these plants. We were all new gardeners at one time and had to learn from our mistakes.
If you post a request for information, then be sure to give as much information as possible about the growing conditions of the plant and the issues you are having with it. Also, post any other information that might help someone identify the plant or point them in the right direction to find it. This will help people that might not have much experience with gardening.
Be careful when transplanting your burro’s tail plants. If you have a lot of them, then you should container garden. This will ensure that if any of the plants are damaged during the transplanting process that it won’t kill off the entire crop.
One of the most common problems that people have when growing burro’s tail is they kill the plant by accident. If you are inexperienced in container gardening, then it might be best to get some experience first. Burro’s tail plants can tolerate a lot of abuse, but if you happen to break a lot of the roots when transplanting them, they may die.
One problem that some people have is they don’t let the soil dry out enough before re-watering. This causes a lot of problems with container grown burro’s tail plants because they naturally grow in very dry areas. Let the soil get almost dry and then water it lightly. Never let the soil become completely saturated or the roots will rot and the plant probably will die.
If you have problems with animals, such as rabbits or deer, constantly browsing your garden and eating your plants, then container gardening is the best solution. Most of these animals won’t be able to easily browse your plants if they are growing in a container that is too big for them to tip over.
If you have no choice but to plant your burro’s tail plants in the ground, then a fence will help deter most browsing animals. You can make it a wooden fence, or even a high plastic fence will work since most animals won’t be able to reach over it.
Once you begin harvesting the plant, check daily to monitor when the leaves or flowers begin turning brown and crispy. When this occurs, it is time to harvest these parts of the plants so that the plant can then replenish itself for the next round of harvesting.
You can begin picking the leaves and flowers anytime after the plant has at least four sets of leaves. The larger the plant, the more you can take, but only take 1/3 to ½ of the top portion of leaves. Never take all the leaves since the plant needs some leaves to photosynthesize and produce energy.If you want to harvest the seeds, then allow the plant to flower and the flowers to go to seed. The seeds will be in tiny pods and will look like little brown peas.
When they are ripe, the pods will easily pop open at their weakest point.
Test your soil to see what adjustments need to be made in order to get your ph level to an optimum level of 6.5. Most bagged soils are already close to this, but if you need to make adjustments, it can be done.
Water your new transplants well and then mulch all of the plants heavily. A good four inches is good, but don’t walk on the mulch or stomp it down, just let it settle on its own. This will help with water conservation and keep the moisture in the soil near the roots of the plant.
Now you are ready to plant! If you have decided to start your plants from seed, then you can begin planting them outside after the last expected freeze. This will probably be sometime in April, however it never hurts to wait until May to plant them outside.
Water your plants well and then mulch heavily around them. Never let the mulch come into contact with the plants’ stems or leaves.
You can take your larger plant and break it up into smaller clumps. Each clump should have at least three sets of leaves on it, some will have just one or two, these you can throw away as they are weak and unlikely to survive the transplanting. You may also segment larger plants by digging around the root ball and dividing it into several clumps. Just be sure each one has enough roots and at least three leaf nodes.
Dig a hole for each one large enough so that the roots are not disturbed and the plant sits well below the soil surface. Fill each hole with water until it runs out the bottom. Never allow your newly planted clumps to sit in water, it will kill them quickly.
Water your new plant well and mulch heavily around the newly planted clump. Most of the leaves will be underground, but mulching still helps to conserve moisture and keep weeds from growing. Weeds will compete with your plants for water and nutrients, so it is important to keep the weeds from gaining a foothold.
Continue to keep the area around your plants free of weeds, and water as needed. Your plants should begin growing very quickly and should reach a blooming size by late summer.
Harvest your leaves or buds as needed. Some strains will be ready earlier than others, so you will need to pay attention to this so that you do not allow your leaves or buds to become sunburned or eaten by birds when left too long. Always pick the leaves or buds before they reach their mature color if possible, as this will keep them from shattering into tiny pieces.
Once fall comes, your plants will slow their growth and you can allow the leaves or buds to ripen fully. Always pick the ripe leaves or buds before the first frost, if left in freezing temperatures, they will shatter into pieces and be of no use.
Never plant anything in that bed for two years. Giving the soil time to replenish itself will help ensure your success next year!
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