Pachypodium geayi (the other Madagascar Palm)
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Arguably more palm like than it's cousin Pachypodium lamerei this guy is found growing in sandy soils near the sea or in open forest in the Southwest of Madagascar. These super easy to care for spiky succulents are very similiar to P. lamerei but are usually only have a single unbranched trunk and la crown of leaves that are thinner and more grey than P. lamerei with a prominent midrib of dark reddish brown. When they mature they will produce clusters of beautifully fragrant Frangipani-like flowers through the summer.
Through the warmer months (whilst it has leaves) water as you would most indoor plants - when the top 2-3cm of soil in the pot dries out. As it is generally more cold tolerant than P. lamerei it may not drop it's leaves through winter depending on where you live. If it retains it's leaves through winter continue to water but allow the soil to dry out more between waterings. If it does drop it's leaves only water once every 1-2 months very lightly to stop the soil from becoming hydrophobic. Once new leaves start to form as the weather warms resume normal watering.
Loves bright light so near a westerly or south facing window or balcony is great. As they will handle full sun and they will eventually grow into a small tree they make an excellent feature plant in a xerophytic garden or on a balcony.
These guys are currently about 10cm tall but over time will grow into a beautifully sculptural small tree with a bulbous pachycaudal (water holding) stem.
Greeting your Madagascar Palm
These plants are shipped in a 100mm nursery pot that is wrapped in a calico bag to keep the soil in during transport. They will fit any pot from our Small Pot and Plant Range.