Growing Gardens in Wisconsin: A Guide to Horticulture in the Badger State


Welcome to Wisconsin Horticulture! If you’re a plant lover or just someone who enjoys spending time in nature, you’ll find plenty of tips and information here to satisfy your green thumb. Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or just getting started, this article will provide you with everything you need to know about Wisconsin horticulture.

Wisconsin is known for its beautiful landscapes and diverse plant life. From the scenic countryside to the bustling city streets, horticulture plays a vital role in shaping the natural beauty of the state. With its rich soil and favorable climate, Wisconsin has become a haven for plant enthusiasts of all kinds.

One of the key aspects of horticulture is propagation, the process of growing new plants from seeds, cuttings, or other plant parts. In Wisconsin, propagation is widely practiced, and many individuals have mastered the art of raising healthy plants from scratch. Whether you’re interested in growing flowers, vegetables, or succulents, you’ll find a wealth of information on propagation techniques and tips to get you started.

Gardening in Wisconsin can sometimes be a challenge, especially when dealing with common pests and diseases that can damage your plants. From pesky insects like snails and whiteflies to fungal infections that cause wilting and leaf damage, it’s important to be knowledgeable about the various problems that can arise and how to handle them effectively.

In this article, you’ll find guides on how to identify and treat common plant diseases and pests that may afflict your garden. From using neem oil to control insects to implementing proper pruning techniques, we’ve got you covered with practical advice to keep your garden healthy and thriving.

So whether you’re a beginner gardener looking to learn the basics or an experienced horticulturist seeking advanced tips and tricks, Wisconsin Horticulture has something for everyone. Explore our collection of articles and guides, browse through our beautiful photos, and let us be your guide to successful gardening in the great state of Wisconsin!

Donkey’s Tail – Burro’s Tail Plant

The Donkey’s Tail, also known as the Burro’s Tail plant, is a popular succulent that is native to Central America. It is a captivating plant with its long, trailing stems covered in small, round leaves that resemble donkey’s tails. The plant’s scientific name is Sedum morganianum.

One of the attractive features of the Donkey’s Tail is its delicate, soft texture and its beautiful green color. The plant doesn’t require much maintenance and is easy to care for, making it a favorite among plant lovers.

The Burro’s Tail plant prefers to be planted in well-draining soil, as it doesn’t tolerate excessive moisture. It does well in sunny locations with partial shade in the afternoon. It is important to note that the plant doesn’t do well in temperatures below freezing, so it is best suited for indoor or protected outdoor environments in cold climates.

Propagation of the Donkey’s Tail plant can be done through stem cuttings. The stems of the plant easily break off, allowing them to be replanted for new growth. To propagate, one can simply plant these stems in a sterilized soil mix and wait for them to take root.

The Donkey’s Tail plant is relatively pest-free, although it may occasionally attract insects such as mealybugs. Regular inspections and appropriate pest control measures should be taken if any infestation occurs.

When it comes to fertilization, the Burro’s Tail plant doesn’t require much. It is best to fertilize the plant sparingly and only during the growing season, usually from spring to summer. A well-balanced fertilizer can be applied once a month or once every few months.

In terms of watering, the Donkey’s Tail plant should be watered thoroughly but infrequently. It is important to let the soil dry out completely between watering sessions to prevent root rot. During the winter months, it is best to reduce watering as the plant becomes dormant.

Overall, the Donkey’s Tail – Burro’s Tail plant is an attractive and low-maintenance succulent that is popular among plant enthusiasts. Its unique appearance and easy propagation process make it a great addition to any indoor or outdoor garden.


The Wisconsin Horticulture is a captivating houseplant that is known for its unique appearance and easy-care requirements. It is a type of succulent that belongs to the Sedum family. The plant is light green in color and has distinctive round leaves that turn a light gray when they wilt.

One of the great things about the Wisconsin Horticulture is that it could grow well in different light conditions. It can thrive in both bright, indirect light and low light environments. This makes it an ideal houseplant for those who might not have access to a lot of natural sunlight.

When it comes to watering, the Wisconsin Horticulture has slightly different requirements compared to other houseplants. It is important to let the soil dry out almost completely between waterings to prevent overwatering. However, it is best to water the plant thoroughly when you do water it, making sure that the water reaches the roots. This will help avoid any issues with root rot.

Another thing to note about caring for the Wisconsin Horticulture is that it rarely requires repotting. The plant has a shallow root system and is highly adaptable to its container. However, if the plant starts to outgrow its current pot, you can easily repot it into a slightly larger container using well-draining soil.

The Wisconsin Horticulture is generally a pest-free plant. However, if you notice any mealybugs or other common insects on the leaves, you can spray the plant with a gentle insecticidal soap to get rid of them.

In terms of uses, the Wisconsin Horticulture is a versatile plant. It can be planted in garden beds or containers, and it also makes a great addition to succulent arrangements. The plant is known to be an award-winning shape for different garden areas.

In conclusion, the Wisconsin Horticulture is a fascinating houseplant that is easy to care for and adds a touch of elegance to any indoor or outdoor space. Whether you choose to display it as a standalone plant or incorporate it into a larger succulent arrangement, this unique succulent is sure to turn heads!


Wisconsin Horticulture has an established history and a limited growing season due to its climatic conditions. However, horticulture in Wisconsin thrives with a flexible approach to care and the use of suitable plants.

Light is an essential factor in the growth of plants, and proper care should be taken to provide the right amount of light. The editorial team recommends a mixture of varieties that can tolerate different light conditions. It is important to watch how plants respond to their surroundings and make adjustments accordingly.

Showy blooms are often removed to promote the growth of viable stems. Propagating plants is easy, and the best method involves propagating above leaves. When re-potting, it is important to carefully remove any snails or pests and ensure that the pot and soil are sterilized to avoid the spread of disease.

Succulents are a popular choice among Wisconsin horticulturists due to their hardiness and ability to thrive in well-drained soil. These plants can tolerate dry conditions, making them ideal for the drier climate of Wisconsin. It is important, however, to avoid over-watering, as succulents do not tolerate damp conditions.

Re-potting succulents is a common practice to ensure their optimal growth. Learning to properly suspend humidity is a valuable skill for any cactus gardener. Some succulent types, such as burrito or gray, are more commonly found in Wisconsin gardens and are known for their showy blooms.

Though succulents can thrive in full sunlight, it is always best to ask a horticulture expert, such as Butterfield, for tips on specific plant varieties. It is also important to monitor plants for signs of disease and take necessary steps to prevent its spread.

Donkey’s Tail Care

Donkey’s tail, also named Sedum morganianum, is a popular succulent plant that belongs to the Crassulaceae family. It is known for its long trailing stems that resemble the tail of a donkey, hence the name. This plant is native to warm regions and does best in temperatures above 60°F (15°C).

When it comes to caring for donkey’s tail, there are a few key points to keep in mind. First, it is important to provide well-drained soil for this plant to prevent root rot. You can use a commercial cactus or succulent mix and ensure that the pot has drainage holes.

Donkey’s tail prefers bright, indirect sunlight. Placing it near a window with plenty of light, but not direct sunlight, is ideal. If the stems start to stretch or become leggy, it may indicate that the plant is not receiving enough light. On the other hand, if the leaves begin to turn yellow or brown, it may be a sign of too much direct sunlight.

Watering donkey’s tail can be a bit tricky. It is important to provide thorough watering, but also allow the soil to dry out between waterings to prevent overwatering. As a rule of thumb, water the plant when the top 1-2 inches (2.5-5 cm) of soil is dry. During the winter months, the plant requires less water as it goes into a dormant phase.

Donkey’s tail is a low-maintenance plant that rarely requires repotting. If you notice the stems becoming too crowded in the pot, it may be time to consider repotting. Use a well-draining potting mix and gently separate the stems to create individual plants. When handling the plant, be cautious as the leaves are delicate and can break off easily.

One common challenge when caring for donkey’s tail is managing pests. This plant is susceptible to mealybugs and aphids. If you notice any signs of infestation, gently wipe the leaves with a damp cloth or use insecticidal soap.

In conclusion, donkey’s tail is an easy-to-grow houseplant that adds a unique touch to any space. By providing the right amount of light, water, and handling with care, you can enjoy the beauty of this trailing succulent for years to come.

Common Problems

While Wisconsin is known for its lush green landscapes and thriving horticulture, there are some common problems that gardeners in the area may encounter. In this section, we will bring up a few questions that gardeners may have and provide some advice on how to handle these issues.

1. Damaged Plants: Sometimes, gardeners may open their planters to find that their plants have been damaged. This could be due to various factors, such as extreme weather conditions, pests, or improper care. If your plants are damaged, it is important to assess the situation and address the problem accordingly.

2. Slow Growth: Some plants may prefer specific soil conditions or require certain levels of sunlight in order to grow properly. If you notice that your plants are growing slowly or not at all, it may be worth examining the conditions in which they are growing and making any necessary adjustments.

3. Mealybugs and Snails: These common pests can sometimes be found on plants such as sedum and donkey’s tail succulents. While they may not always cause severe damage, they can be unsightly and affect the overall appearance of your plants. If you notice mealybugs or snails on your plants, there are various methods of removal that can be used, such as carefully removing them by hand or using organic insecticides.

4. Pruning: Pruning is an important process in maintaining the health and appearance of your plants. Some plants, such as giant donkey’s tail and sedum, require occasional pruning to remove dead or damaged parts. However, it is important to follow the proper pruning instructions for each specific plant to avoid causing further harm.

5. Fertilizing: Fertilizing your plants is an essential part of their care. However, it is important to select the right type of fertilizer and follow the recommended guidelines for application. Over-fertilizing can hurt your plants, so it is important to read and follow the instructions carefully.

6. Light Conditions: Light conditions can sometimes be an issue for certain plants. Some plants prefer direct sunlight, while others may require more shade. It is important to learn about the light requirements of your specific plants and ensure that they are getting the appropriate amount of light.

7. Propagation: If you are interested in propagating your plants, it is important to understand the proper techniques for each specific plant. Some plants, such as sedum and donkey’s tail, can be propagated through stem or leaf cuttings. By following the correct propagation process, you can create new plants from your existing ones.

These are just a few common problems that gardeners in Wisconsin may encounter. By learning more about the specific care requirements of your plants and following proper gardening techniques, you can ensure that your plants thrive and grow beautifully for years to come.

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Dr Heidi Parkes

By Dr Heidi Parkes

Senior Information Extension Officer QLD Dept of Agriculture & Fisheries.