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)

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


  1. Love the madagascar! beautiful!

  2. Where would one get a madagascar palm?

    1. I know of three vendors > Almost Eden

      Seeds >

      I also did an amazon search >

      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!