if you have one Pachypodium lamerei then you are in luck because it is one of the most appreciated and requested plants. But surely you have also noticed that it is one of the most “picky” and it is possible that don’t know about it Pachypodium lamerei the care you need.
For this reason, on this occasion, we have focused on this plant so that you know what it needs to be happy and, incidentally, to make you happy with its development. Dark?
How is the Pachypodium lamerei
First, let’s get to know a little Pachypodium lamerei. As well known as the Madagascar palm, is one of the plants most adored by many. And although it is said that it can be taken by both beginners and experts, we doubt the first case because it is quite demanding and must be understood well to mimic the conditions of its natural habitat, which does not It’s not easy in some places. .
You must know that it’s a succulent (and not a palm even if physically we see it like that), with a very thick stem which is covered with thorns (so be careful, it stings). It grows very slowly, which is why they are usually placed in the garden in an area you know you won’t touch for years, or in pots. However, it grows easily up to 3 meters high. These thorns weren’t born just because. They are, in fact, because on another occasion, in this place, there were leaves. To give you an idea, the plant grows and comes out (only at the top). As it grows, the leaves fall off and new ones are born higher up. But instead of this fallen leaf, a thorn grows. What can he tell you? Well, the more thorns along the trunk, the older the plant.
As for its leaves, they are very similar to those of the oleander and are bright green and somewhat fleshy.
If you are lucky enough to make it bloom, it will give you in summer some small flowers at the top of the plant, very pink, very white. Following them will come fruits, which will be like small bananas.
Pachypodium lamerei: important care
You know more about Pachypodium lamerei. And now we have to focus on their care. It is important to have them and to follow them to the letter because, although it is a succulent and it is known that they are very easy to maintain, in the case of the palm tree things change a little and It’s something “picky” when it comes to developing properly.
Many say it’s inside. Others outside. what is the truth? The Pachypodium lamerei It is an outdoor plant. And more precisely, full sun. It loves light and needs it to grow properly. Otherwise, the leaves fall off and in a very short time they die.
So if you have one of these plants inside the house, get it out as soon as possible and place it where it gets the most sun.
Now well, it is not the same thing to have an adult specimen as a small one. If it is less than 40 centimeters, instead of putting it in full sun, it is better with indirect light because that way it will not wear itself out too much and the sun’s rays will not burn it. As soon as it exceeds 40 cm you can already put it down directly.
Due to the above, we assume that you have realized that the plant tolerates high temperatures very well. In reality, between 20 and 30 degrees would be its ideal, although it can hold up well up to 35-40.
However, in cold weather, it is not as resistant. At night or in winter, it will stay fine at 5-10 degrees, but lower it may struggle.
That is why many do not place it directly in the garden but rather in a pot because in summer they can take it outside without worrying about it and in winter put it inside the house without any problem.
Like all succulents, it must have a soil suitable for cacti and succulents. And most importantly, with good drainage. So our recommendation is that you put the soil in and if you see it is not loose enough also choose good drainage such as perlite or even akadama or similar.
You already know that succulents are characterized by the fact that they do not need a lot of water. But don’t leave her without it either. And in the case of Pachypodium lamerei It is one of the most important treatments.
To give you an idea, in summer twice a week is enough, and in winter it is better not to water it.
As for the amount of water, we recommend that it is not too much. Enough to see the ground soak a little, but not much more. It is better not to irrigate than to overuse the water. He will thank you.
We have already told you that it grows very slowly, to the point of only around 30cm per year. So if you fertilize it, you will help it grow a little. When? In spring and summer. How many times? Every 15 days.
Use a cactus and succulent fertilizer and a better liquid to add to the irrigation water.
When you see that the plant begins to take root profusely under the pot, it will be time to transplant it into a larger pot. But here you have to be very careful because the trunk stings.
So wear a good suit and sturdy gloves to avoid injury and you can handle it as best you can.
Plagues and diseases
It is one of the hardiest plants there is and that is why there is no need to dwell too much on pests and diseases as they usually do not affect it.
A) Yes, the only one that could harm it would be the cochineal. Indeed, when a Pachypodium lamerei it looks sick, it’s the first plague you think of.
The proliferation of Pachypodium lamerei is implemented through the seeds. These need to be in water for 24 hours before planting and so they germinate within a few days.
With these treatments you will achieve that your Pachypodium lamerei be healthy and well. Do not be afraid if the leaves turn yellow (if they are the lowest) or fall off as this is normal for your plant. Thorns will come out of there and as long as they continue to grow, everything will be fine.