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Germination of

Pachypodium rosulatum subsp. cactipes

Elephant Foot Plant: Beaucarnea recurvata (also known as Ponytail Palm or Bottle Palm)

Pachypodium rosulatum subsp. cactipes

Pachypodium rosulatum subsp. cactipes, also known as the Madagascar Palm, is a slow-growing succulent tree native to Madagascar. It can be propagated from seed or by vegetative methods such as offsets or stem cuttings. To propagate from seed, soak the seeds in water for 24 hours to soften the hard seed coat. Sow the seeds in a well-draining soil mix, cover them lightly with soil, and place the pot in a warm and bright spot, preferably with temperatures ranging between 20-25�C. Keep the soil moist but not waterlogged, and germination can take several weeks to months.

Some of plants may have very have specific germination requirements that may not be covered in these general instructions. 

Many seeds require pre-treatment before sowing which we try to list here when we can, but this information may not be present here.  Germination times and germination temperatures are to be a guide only.  Many factors can DRASTICALLY affect this.


It's always a good idea to research the specific germination requirements from multiple sources for each plant before attempting to grow them from seed.

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