The Main Plant entry for Pachypodiums (Pachypodium)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Dry Mesic
Leaves: Deciduous
Fruit: Dehiscent
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth
Goes Dormant


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Posted by Baja_Costero (Baja California - Zone 11b) on Jun 15, 2017 10:28 AM

This genus of caudiciform succulents, native to southern Africa and Madagascar, includes trees (lamerei, geayi, decaryi, rutenbergianum), shrubs (saundersii), low-growing plants (brevicaule, eburneum), and geophytes (suculentum, bispinosum), plus sub-shrubs. Flowers are usually white or yellow (rarely red or purplish) and fruit is a two-horned pod which breaks open when ripe to release seeds with dandelion-like parachutes. These plants prefer excellent drainage, abundant water in summer during the active growth season (except namaquanum which typically is more of a winter grower), and lots of sun. Water much less often during dormancy or when plants are losing their leaves. Risk of rot due to overwatering at this time. Most species are not frost tolerant. Plants in marginal climates will be particularly sensitive to excess moisture during winter.

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Photo of the entire plant for these blooms by arctangent Feb 21, 2021 9:41 AM 0
Madagascar Palm by Hunbun Jul 13, 2021 8:36 AM 8
Pachypodium Lamerei's leaves turning brown then falling in summer weather by Deshdoe Jun 17, 2021 3:04 PM 0
How big? by mexifreckles Jun 7, 2021 2:10 PM 3
Can anyone identify this for me. by ginger67 May 23, 2021 12:13 AM 6
FINALLY ! Decent Weather by BBQNBLUES May 11, 2021 10:20 AM 6
Those in US Zone 10 do you bring your winter dormant plants inside over winter? by JimsPlants Apr 4, 2021 2:56 PM 4
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Pachypodium Repotting Advice by Crassulover Mar 18, 2021 5:08 PM 3
Pachypodium identification help by Victorghirotto Feb 13, 2021 2:39 PM 5
Not sure if dying? Does it need to be repotted? by Fabcica Feb 4, 2021 12:11 PM 6

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