Sunday, July 12, 2009

The Madagascar Palm

I love unusual houseplants like this one:

This is a Pachypodium lamerei, a succulent plant which most of you know by its common name: Madagascar Palm. And even though it resembles a palm it isn’t a palm at all. Originating from – guess where? – yup, Madagascar, this odd-looking plant is a perfect choice if you’re looking for a succulent that is easy to grow.

Choose the sunniest spot available and reserve it for your Pachypodium lamerei. Use a porous, well-draining medium and keep it slightly damp but never soggy during the summer. During the colder months of the year keep the plant almost dry. Feed every three to four weeks during the active growing season and not at all during the winter. Pachypodium lamerei does not mind dry air, so humidity is not an issue.

This is an outstanding performer in hydroculture if you’re looking for an alternative growing style. When transplanting from soil to pellets, handle with great care to avoid being stabbed by the long, needle-sharp thorns. Water roots may form anywhere within 2 – 4 weeks after conversion. Expect some leaf loss due to stress; it will be replaced by new growth in next to no time.

For more information: Pachypodium Lamerei - Madagascar Palm


  1. My Madagascar Palm is growing in cactus soil. During the Summer, it is watered every other day and it is in a very hot and sunny spot outside my house. It grew by 5 inches during the 3 months of Summer and I love it. I'm watering it every couple of weeks and it doesn't mind the water.

  2. Anonymous, it sounds like your plant loves where it's growing. Keep doing what you're doing, and your plant will keep rewarding you with new growth.