Best Sun for Madagascar Palm

madagascar palmI can’t tell you how many Mad Palms I’ve killed from too much water, not enough water, too much sun, not enough sun…the list goes on. (No wonder they’re mad). I was ready to give up, but I wanted to try One. More. Time.

A keen friend happened to mention that she saw a beautiful Mad Palm (Pachypodium lamerei) in an East-facing portico. I took it to heart and moved my withering Palm to the east end of my patio. Lo and Behold! The couple hours of (intense) morning summer sun, coupled with watering when I get around to it, renders a good six inches of growth a year. And all that growth happens in July and August.

Madagascar Palm at the Desert Botanical GardenIt’s as if he’s standing up and singing at the top of his lungs! Now if I can only figure out what gets them to branch out like the one at the Desert Botanical Garden


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