Deets: For lush tropical vibes with a desert twist, the Madagascar palm tree, or the pachypodium lamerei, is the perfect addition to your space. It is one of the most exotic houseplant for your home. Technically, this plant is a succulent instead of a true palm, which means that it’s low maintenance in terms of watering and humidity needs. While the Madagascar palm thrives in full sunlight, it’s definitely suitable as an indoor houseplant if you give it adequate lighting.
Name(s): Madagascar Palm Tree / Pachypodium Lamerei
Light: As a succulent, it appreciates full sun, but it can tolerate partial shade outdoors, as well. If you plan to keep your Madagascar palm indoors, make sure that it gets enough sunlight. The prime inside spot for a Madagascar is right next to a south- or west-facing window. Rotate your plant so that it receives sunlight evenly — otherwise, the plant may grow crooked as it reaches for sunlight on one side.
Water: The Madagascar palm prefers to stay dry, so keep it in a well-draining cactus potting mix inside of a pot with a drainage hole. Water your plant when the soil dries out completely and cut back on watering during the winter to avoid root rot. Keep in mind that your plant will likely go dormant during the winter, so don’t fret if leaves drop in colder months — they should grow back in the springtime!
Grower: Beginners, all types.
FAQ: What if my Madagascar palm tree’s leaves are turning black?
There are a lot of reasons this might be happening — it might be getting too much water, too little water, too much light, or too little light. It could also just be a healthy sign of the plant settling into a new environment; losing leaves is a regular part of its lifespan. The best solution will be to dial back care. Make sure the soil dries out between watering and it’s getting the light it needs, don’t fertilize, and don’t fret about any falling leaves. It should be healthy again in no time.
Pet Friendly: Yes
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