The Encyclopedia of House Plants

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Pachypodium

Family: Apocynaceae.

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Pachypodium lamerei Common name(s): Madagascar Palm Pachypodium saundersii
Pachypodium Genus of 13 species of shrubby or tree-like, perennial succulents from mostly arid regions of Namibia, S. Africa, and Madagascar. Many have swollen, irregularly shaped caudices and very thick, thorny stems. Diurnal, salverform to funnel- or bell-shaped flowers are produced usually in terminal clusters, in summer. Pachypodium is unusual plant. Unfortunatelly, it is not an easy plant to grow - it need bright light and moist air. Keep away from direct sun and droughts. Pachypodium
Growing conditions Watering and misting Propagation
Warm - minimum 60F in winter. As much light as possible. Shade from hot sun. Grow in standard cactus potting mix or in soil-less potting mix. Keep compost moist at all times - reduce watering in winter. Mist leaves frequently. Take stem-tip cuttings in late spring. Use a rooting hormone and provide bottom heat. Sow seed at 66-75 F (19-24 C).
Pachypodium lamerei trunk
Pachypodium lamerei trunk

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