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Pachypodium is a genus containing 20 species of caudiciform succulents, of which 5 are indigenous to Africa and the rest to Madagascar. The trunks rarely branch, but they often have bizarre forms. The long, narrow leaves grow only at the top of the trunk, like a palm tree, and at the base of every leaf is a hard rigid spike. Combined with milky sap this makes a poisonous combination - especially to curious children. One species, Pachypodium lamerei is a popular choice for growing indoors as houseplants, it is commonly known as Madagascar Palm.
Common problems with Pachypodium
Susceptible to aphids while in flower
How to harvest Pachypodium
Generally not harvested
How to propagate Pachypodium
Special features of Pachypodium
Cactus potting mix provide fast drainage or use 2 parts all-purpose potting mix with 1 part sharp sand or perlite. Leca is special succulent rocks with nutrients and works well added to pots too!
P. lamerei can grow indoors and with plenty of direct sunlight will flower too.
Specialised thick trunk stores water, termed caudiciform. All Pachipodiums are succulent and can survive with little water.