Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Madagascar Palm-Pachypodium lamerei

Over watered Palm
The Madagascar Palm: Pachypodium lamerei

Drought tolerant when established. fresh bought, transported or recently repotted plants don’t need to be feed/fertilized for 6 to 8 weeks.

 Needs fast draining soil, Cactus mix, or you can add some sand to cactus soil mix, 30-40% Sand to Cactus soil. Water when soil is dry to touch.


It is absolutely not tolerant to frost. It will Drop its leaves if it gets too cold, since its a native to Southern Madagascar it should not be below 50°f  and no hotter than 104 °f (10-40 °c)
Water regularly in the warmer months. Approximately once a week.
 It needs Full Sun (8 hours+ Less than 6hours it will become dormant)
Winter Dormant months, water once two weeks or when soil is dry to touch fertilize every month.



50% diluted cacti fertilizer monthly if the plants are in growth
Early spring to Early fall is the growing seasons and blooming seasons. 

pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)


Indoor Height Approximation
Outdoor Height Approximation
Description: It Has thick thorns (about 2½ inch spines) and Leaves Mainly at the top. Rarely ever branching out, it can grow up to 15-19 Feet tall (outdoors of course), indoors it usually tops out at about 6 feet tall.
Madagascar Palm in Bloom









When it flowers, it produces white pleasant smelling flowers at the top











Broken Palm top (let bottom callous over)









Propigation:
From stem cuttings
Allow the cut surface to callous over before planting
From seed; sow indoors before last frost






My Madagascar Palm

My Mad Palm
Was Starting to Bulge From Over watering

Happy Mad Palm :p

3 comments:

  1. Love the madagascar! beautiful!

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  2. Where would one get a madagascar palm?

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    1. I know of three vendors > Almost Eden http://almostedenplants.com/shopping/shopexd.asp?id=853

      Seeds >http://www.rarexoticseeds.com/adenium-seeds/pachypodium-lamerei-seeds.html?___store=english

      http://www.seedsandmore-store.com/catalog.php/seedsandmore/pd11458

      I also did an amazon search > http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B001GQN8F6

      They really are great! I'm so impressed with mine ( have you read the update to my madagascar's growth progress?) Sharing information as I learn!

      Hope that helps!

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