Madagascar Palm help

YuyuNovember 19, 2005


I have a Madagascar palm that grows well indoors, but it is reaching the ceiling of our house very quickly. It is now about 1.5 meters in length, including the leaves. How do you trim it to a much shorter length, say 1 meter, while improving its chances of survival afterwards?


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jeffrey_harris(San Diego, CA)

Dear Yuyu,

If you do a search using 'Madagascar Palm' in the Cactus and Succulent Forum I think your question will be answered.

If not, let me know.

BTW, you'd best prune your Pachypodium lamerei (the scientific nmae for your MP) in the spring - it's going into dormancy now.

    Bookmark   November 22, 2005 at 10:46AM
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Yuyu Hi,

I cut the top of mine off, it was almost 5 foot when I removed about 2 feet of it. It is now branching out.

Stevi K

    Bookmark   February 4, 2006 at 5:41PM
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Madagasscar palm is kind of a confusing name, although that is the one often given for Pachypodium lamerei. They are not fast growers. You need to make sure that is what you have, as there are several palms native to Madagascar, and some you would not cut off.

    Bookmark   February 24, 2006 at 9:21AM
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I have a Madagascar Palm that I received for birthday last year and it outgrew my window pane, so I sat it outdoors next to my patio and it is doing wonderful. It has grow from 3 inches to 23 inches and is getting fat. It now also has two small branches or succulents growing out at angles from the base. My question is can I cut off those little branches at the base and transplant them to there own pot.???
Please reply;

    Bookmark   September 6, 2013 at 4:58PM
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Stevi k- how long after you cut the top off your Madagascar palm did it take before the bottom half sprouted new growth?

    Bookmark   May 11, 2014 at 7:37PM
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