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Madagascar Palm

One of my Favorite Plants-The Madagascar Palm


The botanical name for the Madagascar Palm is Pachypodium lamerei. ‘Pachypodium’ means thick foot in Greek, which refers to the extremely thick trunk of the Madagascar tree.

This sun-embracing tree is a native to southern Madagascar, in Africa. Though, named as ‘palm’ because of its close resemblance to a swollen trunk and palm-like top, it is, in fact, a cacti succulent derived from the Apocynaceae family.

It possesses the qualities of both an outdoor and an indoor plant. With its unique appearance and aromatic flowers, it can be planted in temperate climates. It needs full sunlight, and it is also drought-resistant.

One unique phenomenon about this palm is, before its initial bloom, it generates different seed pods that look similar to cucumbers, which ultimately open along its seam, thus revealing a large amount of white-winged seeds. Let’s get to know more about this tree:

How to Care for a Madagascar Palm

The Madagascar palm isn’t a palm at all. It is a succulent that got its name due to its resemblance to a small, quirky palm tree. Its trunk is thick and long like that of a palm tree.

However, it is covered in 2.5-inch spines. And though not fronds, the Madagascar palm tree leaves are located in a spiral directly on the top of its trunk, just like a palm tree.

It is also a hot-weather plant which can also be successfully planted and grown outdoors only in the USDA zones nine to eleven. However, this small and slow-growing tree flourishes well indoors as well.

Sparingly water your Madagascar palm tree – Only water your palm tree whenever the top third of the soil has completely dried out, then water the Madagascar plant until the soil gets moist.

During winter, when the plant sheds, it leaves and becomes dormant, stop watering, until spring.

Fertilize your Madagascar palm at least once during the spring, in case you want it to multiply – Utilize a balanced liquid fertilizer. Carefully study the package directions for the right amount of application and then divide the amount by half.

Put your Madagascar palm outdoors during the day when the weather is more than 70 degrees F – The Madagascar palms need full sunlight to survive. Whenever they are indoors, always keep them close to a window with sufficient access to sunlight.

Re-pot your Madagascar palm once in every three (3) years or when they outgrow their present containers – Always replace the soil every time you re-pot your Madagascar palm. The most appropriate soil to utilize is the commercial cactus mix.

How to Water Madagascar Palm Trees

Watering Madagascar palm trees the proper way is essential. Most of these palm trees like well-drained and moist soil. However, it is easier said than done.

Several palm tree lovers over water their tress or do not provide sufficient water since they do not know how to check for soil moist levels carefully.

They also do not have a valid idea of how much water their Madagascar palms require, and how to water it regularly.

1. What’s the amount of water does a Madagascar Palm need?

Here is an essential rule you should always use when watering your Madagascar palms. In case it is a ten (10) gallon container Madagascar palm tree, then utilize ten gallons of water.

In case it is a twenty-five (25) gallon container you used for your Madagascar palm, then use twenty-five gallons of water. During hot climate utilize a little bit more than that, during cold weathers, utilize a little lesser than that.

You need to understand that, watering your Madagascar palm depends on the type of soil and the Madagascar palm tree type. Always ensure to check the ground to be confident of its moisture level and adjust the amount of water if necessary.

2. How often do I need to water my newly planted Madagascar palm tree?

You should always water your newly planted Madagascar palm tree every day at least for the first week, every other day during the second week and then make it three times per week. Madagascar palm tree soil should always be moist.

Light origin growing in Florida
Did you know you can also grow light origin year after year within Florida?

Whenever we talk about light origins, there are ‘bulb-like’ and real bulbs plants. Your light source is those plants that contain all plant parts, like an underground stem, roots, fleshy leaves, and a flower bud.

These plant parts are preserved in an underground structure known as a bulb. These storage structures help in making them very tough.

Choosing the best light origin for Florida could be a bit challenging and tricky. However, as soon as you know which bulbs are perfect for Florida, you can grow them quickly and have colors from your light origin throughout the year.

The light source does not only provide lovely flowers, but they also have exciting foliage and strappy leaves — the various shades of green help in adding variety, structure, contrast, and texture to the garden.

Due to our subtropical and tropical growing conditions, you might want to plant light origins that are adapted to your region to ensure the best success.

How to Grow Madagascar Palm Indoors

Madagascar palms are not hard to grow as indoor plants as long as they are getting enough light and are also planted in good soil. Ensure to put the plant in the right container with drainage holes to avoid root rot.

Planting a Madagascar palm plant from its seed is most times possible. Ensure that the seeds are soaked in warm water for at least 24 hours before planting them.

The Madagascar palm could be very slow to sprout. Thus you must stay patient. It might take anywhere from two weeks to six months before you can notice a sprout.

It is simpler to propagate the Madagascar palm plant by just breaking off a piece of those growing shoots that are above the base and allowing them to dry off for at least one week.

After they are properly dried, the shoots can now be grown in a soil mix that drains properly.

The Madagascar palms also need relatively warm temperatures and bright light. Provide the plant with enough water whenever the soil surface is dry.

Like several other plants, you can water less during the winter. Water the plant adequately to keep the soil from getting dry. This sun-embracing tree is a native to southern Madagascar, in Africa. Though, named as ‘palm’ because of its close resemblance to a swollen trunk and palm-like top


Brent Richard Dixon

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