Monday, 19 March 2012

Pachypodium Rosulatum

I must say growing Pachypodium Rosulatum from seed has been most fun. Within a year they form substantial seedlings and I had no trouble keeping them alive or overwintering them. Most information says to keep them completely dry during the winter but since they did not lose their leaves I kept treating them like I did the Adenium. In their first summer I decided to grow one seedling outside and the other inside the house. The main difference between these two is that the seedling grown outside had smaller more narrow leaves and a slightly larger caudex (though I'm not sure caudex is the right word in this case since the base is relatively skinny and the top is swollen). The difference in leave shape seems to have dissipated somewhat during the winter but you can still see it.

The first photo is the plant grown inside, the second outside. I planted the second seedling into a slightly larger pot to see if that would affect growth.

I can't wait to see them grow this year. They are reported to be able to bloom in the first or second year so maybe this growing season will bring flower and hopefully branching.

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