Pachypodium geayi : Madagascar palm
    • Pachypodium geayi : Madagascar palm
    • Pachypodium geayi : Madagascar palm
    • Pachypodium geayi : Madagascar palm
    • Pachypodium geayi : Madagascar palm
    • Pachypodium geayi : Madagascar palm
    • Pachypodium geayi : Madagascar palm

    Madagascar Palm

    €12.00
    VAT included

    Pachypodium geayi

    Quantity
    One-off shipping costs
    One-off shipping costs
    regardless of the number of plants!
    100 % grown in France
    100 % grown in France
    All our plants are grown from seeds in the Loire valley.
    100% natural
    100% natural
    No chemical fertilizer or add on ever.
    Respects for plants
    Respects for plants
    At Rayon de Serre, we take our time, non-grafted, non-hybridized, their growth cycle is respected
    Seedlings
    Seedlings
    We sell our plants young, so that they are both adaptable and affordable
    Customized packaging
    Customized packaging
    All our boxes were designed especially for Rayon de Serre. 100% recycled and recyclable.

    Plant's characteristics

    • Pachypodium geayi : Madagascar palm
    • Family : Apocynaceae
    • Origin : Madagascar
    • Height in its natural environment : 10 m
    • Rusticity : -4°C
    • Flower colour : white

    Taille des plantes Rayon de Serre Height : about  10 / 20 cm


    croissance de la planteMedium growth

    Description of the plant

    Here is a magnificent little hider: it imitates palm trees perfectly, but it is really a succulent, tree-like plant with a bottle trunk!

    Its appearance is particularly remarkable, with its slender trunk branching out as it ages and concentrating leaves and flowers at the top. This trunk is covered with thorns, grouped in threes, which are actually an adaptation of the plant to its environment: living in hot and dry regions, it transforms its leaves into thorns in order to limit water evaporation.

    Its white flowers with a yellow heart are pleasantly scented and its brown shell-shaped fruit contains silky, light seeds that are easily carried away by the wind.

    In short, it's a loveable little hider! We also suggest its cousin, the Pachypodium lamerei.


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    Growing tips

    Repotting

    Repotting

    When you receive your plant, repot it in a pot slightly larger than the bucket, which must be well pierced. Avoid pot covers which prevent residual water from draining away and encourage fungal diseases. Choose a fine potting soil, ideally with added perlite or sand to lighten the substrate (do not use garden soil or acidic soil such as heather). Then plan two repottings per year (spring and autumn), gradually increasing the size of the pot and adapting it to the size of the root network (the roots must have room, but not too much as the plant must be able to dry out its substrate between waterings). This avoids having to add fertilizer, which always risks burning the fragile roots of the plants and making the plant wither as soon as the fertilizer is stopped.

    Watering

    Watering

    Moderate watering: watering should be copious (the whole root ball should be wet), but wait until the substrate has dried deeply before watering again (you can stick your finger in the soil: as long as you feel moisture, do not water). Your plant will recover better from a lack of water than from an excess of water. Always water at the base of the plant, and do not mist it, because stagnant water in the armpit of the leaves favors cryptogamic diseases. If your atmosphere is too dry, put bowls of water nearby (above radiators for example), so that evaporation humidifies the air.

    For an indoor planting

    For an indoor planting

    Your plant is best taken out in summer, full sun is perfect for it. It should be brought indoors in winter, and ideally placed in a warm and luminous place, like in a veranda or behind a window. It fears excessive humidity when temperatures are low, so avoid cold rooms. Attention: do not take it out and bring it in all the time, it should be taken out in good weather, then brought in when the cold weather arrives, because plants adapt their foliage to their environment, which should not constantly change. It often happens that plants lose their foliage when they are taken out and/or put in, don't worry, your plant will adapt and will emit its new foliage accordingly.

    For an outdoor planting

    For an outdoor planting

    If your climate allows it, you will be able to plant your plant in full ground, a full sun is recommended. We advise you however to cultivate it in pot the first year and to make it spend the first winter in the heat, in order to strengthen it well. Plant it between the end of the risk of frost (generally at the beginning of May) and the end of August, in a soil which must be light and draining; do not hesitate to add sand and fine potting soil if necessary. Be careful with the minimum temperatures indicated: they are given for a mature plant, and you have to take into account the wind which accentuates the cold felt, as well as the water retention capacity of your soil, which can rot the roots if it is not sufficiently draining. So take a little safety margin!

    Pruning

    Pruning

    This plant can not be pruned If you feel that it is becoming too bulky, you can limit its growth by continuing to repot it and change its substrate but without increasing the size of the pot. If the root network becomes too important, do not hesitate to prune the roots.

    Fertilizer

    Fertilizer

    Our plants are grown naturally, without chemical fertilizers, so we advise you to repot them regularly (twice a year) rather than adding fertilizer.

    In case of pest attack

    In case of pest attack

    If your plants are under attack by aphids or other pests, the best way to control them is by hand. Change their soil, remove as many undesirables as possible by hand and then shower your plants with a strong stream of water to eliminate any eggs that may be present. Spray them (insist on the underside of the leaves) with liquid black soap diluted in water. Repeat the operation several times at a few days interval. Take them outside in good weather, rain, sun and wind will kill most of the aggressors!

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