Needs a draining cactus potting mix and regular water when the plant has leaves, contrary to popular belief, it likes a lot of water in the warm summers, as long as it's planted in a very well draining soil. Indoors it is best to err on the dry side, or it is prone to rot. It like full sun to light shade with warm temperatures. It is a fairly slow growing plant, but in 10 years it can easily outgrow its indoor location, requiring a 'pruning'. Though branching is usually a response to naturaly injury, or something that happens in older specimens, one can stimulate branching by cutting off its top.
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It has amazing regenerative properties. Repot the plant every 3 years; this is quite tricky given all the spines. The best way is to wrap several layers of newspaper around the trunk where it is to be handled. Propagation: Seeds or division.
Pachypodium horombense (Horombe Clubfoot)
Seed start sprouting in just days but continue to germinate erratically for about 6 month Pachypodium lamerei are also propagated by removal of small offshoots that grow at the base of the old plant. Carefully break off the offshoots, they should be allowed to dry for 5 to 8 days before potting up. Full Shade.
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Item Location see all. Delivery Options see all. Our instructions above will help you grow a good specimen, but even if you treat it badly from time to time it should stay alive for quite a long time.
Roots of Pachypodium are rotten and black Root Rot. This is a classic result of overwatering and constantly saturated soil, especially in Winter. If the rot isn't too widespread remove the dead roots, follow our watering instructions here going forward and the plant should eventually recover. If all the roots are dead then the plant like many a cactus is likely a lost cause, as a last ditch effort you can still remove all the dead roots and pot the "trunk" into fresh moist not wet compost then put in a light and warm place.
There is a possibility new roots will grow from the base. The leaves only grow around the top of the plant, as it ages it's normal therefore to see the lower leaves falling off a Pachypodium.
Madagascar Palm Care
In a short while new leaves will emerge from the crown to replace those which have fallen. If the plant has been positioned in a hot spot with great Winter sunlight it may have been fooled into thinking it's still Summer, in which case it will still be growing see issue above , i. However if the plant is "resting" and growth has completely stopped, but leaves are still falling it could be a sign the temperature is too low and dormancy has been triggered. Completely withhold watering until new leaves start to appear this could take up to a month or two. If all leaves fall off, it's time to inspect the roots for root rot.
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If there is no sign of rot, wait until Spring comes around and new leaves should start growing again. Over the last 20 years Tom has successfully owned hundreds of houseplants and is always happy to share knowledge and lend his horticulture skills to those in need. He is the main content writer for the Ourhouseplants Team. Our website is here to help you succeed with houseplants and get your indoor plants thriving. From the beginner to the more experienced, there's something for everyone.
As a Team, we've almost 50 years of hands on experience in growing houseplants as well as a variety of horticulture skills and qualifications. So let us help you become a houseplant expert too. Home Plants Guides About Search. Pachypodium Lamerei Madagascan Palm. About the Pachypodium Despite it's common name of Madagascan Palm or a Pachy to its fans the Pachypodium is actually a succulent and therefore more closely related to cacti than palms.