Dear Virtual Joe,
The so called "Madagascar Palm" is Pachypodium lamerei, is actually a
member of the Periwinkle family, Apocynaceae.
The plant is a stem succulent populary called a caudiciform but does not
propagate well from cuttings. You may want to donate your overgrown plant
to a botanical garden and start again with a smaller plant. There are now
several smaller growing species available that are better suited to
Virtual Joe <jduche at creighton.edu> wrote in article
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> 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?
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