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Basic Info

Pachypodium Lamerei is also known as the ‘Madagascar Palm’. As the plant matures you can expect it to grow slowly upwards reaching around 1.8 m (6ft) tall when grown indoor but around 4.5 m (16ft) if grown in its natural habitat. The leaves grow from all around with long green leaves.

Care and Propagation Information


Pachypodium Lamerei ‘Madagascar Palm’ can be quite beautiful when it is well-taken care off. This succulent type needs typical watering as the other succulents. The watering method is very important to keep your Madagascar Palm healthy. It should not sit on the water, and an excess amount of water should be avoided. The best way of watering is soak and dry method this succulent. Yet, the succulent should be controlled to avoid overwatering.

General Care for Pachypodium Lamerei ‘Madagascar Palm’

This succulent type is a cactus that looks like a tree. When it grows you will enjoy a unique cactus at home. It is a nice addition to your outside garden!

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Quick Facts:

  • Prefers full sun
  • Can be grown outdoor
  • Grows 1.8 m (6ft) tall indoor
  • Grows 4.5 m (16ft) tall outdoor
  • Can die easily if overwatered see: How to Water Succulent Plants
  • Does not handle cold well
  • Prefers Zone 9a-11b -1.1 °C (30 F)
  • Best propagated by seeds
  • Looks like a palm tree but is a cactus

Where to Plant

Pachypodium Lamerei ‘Madagascar Palm’ succulents need strong light. When planting this succulent type in a garden, make sure it gets sunlight. Full to partial sun is the best for its growth. It is better to grow outdoor rather than indoor.

This type of succulent prefers a warm climate. It can survive at zone 9a-11b which is around -1.1 °C (30 °F). If you live in a cold area, it is better to plant Madagascar Palm in an indoor environment. As long as it gets enough sunlight, the plant will grow happily.

How to Propagate Pachypodium Lamerei ‘Madagascar Palm’

Madagascar Palm can be propagated by seeds. This succulent type does not require repotting often. Of course, the first-time repotting is essential when it is bought from the store.

Like all the other succulent types, a well-drained soil mixture is essential. If you want to know about well-drained soil mixtures, check How to Prepare Well-drained Soil for Succulent Plants.

How to Propagate Pachypodium Lamerei ‘Madagascar Palm’ Using Seeds

This succulent type is a slow grower so even if it can be propagated by its seeds, this method is not recommended. To propagate from the seeds, plant the seeds in a well-draining soil mixture. This method can be used outdoors. In cooler areas, indoor propagating is recommended.

Origin and Habitat

Madagascar Palm is native to southern Madagascar.