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Pachypodium

Pachypodium spp.

Pachypodium consist of 20 species of caudiciforms succulents of which 5 is indigenous to Africa and the rest from Madagascar. The trunk rarely branches, but they often have bisarre forms. The long, narrow leaves grow only at the top of the trunk, like a palm tree, and at the base of every leave is a hard rigid spike that remains even after leaves disappeared.

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
Special thick trunk store water and make it part of caudiciforms. 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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