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Pachypodium

Pachypodium spp.

Halfmens (Afr.), Koedoelelie (Afr.), Kudu lily

Pachypodium consist of 20 species of caudiciform succulents of which 5 are indigenous to Africa and the rest to Madagascar. The trunk rarely branches, 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 retained on the trunk as a hard rigid spike.

Planning

Difficulty
Moderate
Fruiting time
Summer

Harvesting

Generally not harvested

Special features

Pot plant
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!
Indoor plant
P. lamerei can grow indoors and with plenty of direct sunlight will flower too.
Drought resistant
Specialised thick trunk stores water, termed caudiciform. All Pachipodiums are succulent and can survive with little water.

Geography

Origin
Africa, Madacascar

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Tender

Personality

Family
Apocynaceae
Flower colour
White, yellow, pink, red and bicolor.
Scent
Strong

Problems

Susceptible to aphids while in flower

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