Madagascar palm (Pachypodium lamerei) is a member of the succulent/cacti family and therefore it requires a lot of light and little water. Ideally you want to to keep this plant in direct sunlight (the more the merrier) and keep the hydration on the low side, especially in the winter. During hot summer months watering the Madagascar palm every 7-10 days is ideal, however in the winter you will need to reduce watering to every 2 weeks. Only water the plant when the soil is dry, and water thoroughly. The first sign of over-watering is falling leaves.
Make sure to use well draining soil (succulent mix or 50/50 dirt/perlite mix) and a planter with drainage holes to ensure adequate drainage. If the plant receives enough sunlight and proper care, it can grow up to 12” per year and bloom every summer. In the winter Madagascar palm goes dormant so don’t be alarmed if your plant drops most of its leaves - it will bounce back in the spring.
We recommend fertilizing this plant in the spring and then again in the late summer. Madagascar palm might look a little intimidating but it’s not all that difficult of a plant. Find the sunniest spot in your home and enjoy.
- 10" nursery pot
- Toxic to pets
- Water every 7-10 days in summer, every 2 weeks in winter
- High indirect to direct light