The “Madagascar Palm is a flowering plant native to Africa the island of Madagascar.
ThePachypodium lamerei plant isnot a cactusor a palm tree but gets labelled as one. The barrel stem of the ‘Cactus Palm’ is covered with thick spines. It carries an umbrella of shiny green leaves at the top of the trunk.
This succulent plant has an unusual combination of tropical leaves making Pachypodium plants look like a member of a desert cactus family and makes for a real conversation piece.
It can grow up to 1.8m indoors.
POSITION Madagascar Palm trees are sun-loving, prefers warm weather, bright light and full sun in some locations. When positioning plants, place Pachypodiums in a north facing window with lots of sunlight.
When growing indoors you may want to keep it near a heater vent or register to ensure it stays warm in the winter months.
WATER Keep the palm cactus on the dry side and water only when the soil is dry. When watering, the plants should be thoroughly watered throughout the summer and decrease the watering during the winter.
SOIL Like many succulent and cactus type plants Pachypodiums grow best in the regular cactus potting mix.
This mix tends to provide superior drainage, which helps keep the roots from rotting.
Pictured here in a 13cm pot, it will be posted potted.
Leaf drop in winter is perfectly normal. Madagascar palm may even drop all its leaves. But, don't worry. It'll grow more leaves in spring when it gets the sunshine and warmth it loves. When it comes out of dormancy and you see new leaves growing, that's your cue to resume normal watering and fertilising.