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Bekmw
Mar 28, 2019 8:35 PM CST
So I've had this little donkeys tail succulent for about 3 years now and it has barely changed in size at all. Not dying and doesn't seem unhealthy it just doesn't grow at all?? I've tried putting it in a bigger pot but that didn't seem to help. Any advice?
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plantladylin
Mar 28, 2019 9:05 PM CST
Hi Bekmw, Welcome!

I'm not all that familiar with succulents but if you can upload a photo of your Donkey Tail (Euphorbia myrsinites) plant, I'm sure others who grow them will be able to offer suggestions as to pot size or if it possibly requires fertilizer, etc. Sometimes a larger pot is not the solution to getting plants to grow.
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kniphofia
Mar 28, 2019 11:34 PM CST
That looks more like Sedum burrito than Euphorbia myrsinites.

The compost looks very dry. I wouldn't have it in the same pot as the Sempervivum. What kind of light is it getting? I would put it in a smaller pot on its own in loose, gritty compost with the best light that you can provide.
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plantladylin
Mar 29, 2019 5:34 AM CST
It does look more like Burro's Tail (Sedum morganianum)
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tarev
Mar 29, 2019 9:38 AM CST
Reduce your container size, improve the soil by adding more pumice or perlite. Right now it looks so heavy and dense. Try to position nearer to the window, so it gets good light. Make sure your container has drain holes.

If it is indeed Sedum morganianum, depending on your outdoor conditions, it can take temps outdoors at 50F (10C). They do like to feel that transition of cool nights and warmer days, especially this Spring.

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