madagascar palm help!

Steve Hinkson sphinkson at worldnet.att.net
Sun Sep 12 06:15:36 EST 1999


Yes, you may top your plant.  The trunk resprouts easily, although slowly.
you'll eventually have a nicely branched plant.  Toss the top, though, as
they don't root well at all. While I've seen it done with Pachy. crests,
grafting is the usual method of propagation.

When your branches have full sized leaves again, full sun...and I mean FULL
sun and high temps stimulate flowering.
Steve

Virtual Joe wrote:

> A number of years ago I was given (according to them) a madagascar palm.
> The plant is one very tall stalk covered in inch-long spines (ouch!) and
> the top 5-6 inches of the plant are long (6-10 inch) leaves. At the time,
> it was about 5 feet tall. Since then it has grown to almost 8 feet tall
> and my ceilings are only 8 feet high. It is currently on my patio for the
> summer, but I worry that it won't fit back in the house this fall!
>
> My question is: Can I treat this plant like a succulent and cut it in
> half, let the top part scar up and replant it? Will the bottom send out
> new shoots? I have also never gotten it to bloom. Any tips?
>
> Thanks!
>
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