Unusual succulents for the collector, landscaper & gardener
Pachypodium ~ "The Rose of the Karoo"!
Still rarely found at nurseries or seen in gardens, this adorable little plant is a real winner.
Growing Pachypodiums

Pachypodiums are very undemanding plants and do well with even no attention at all, although feeding during the growing season will encourage flowering.

They like a sunny position and well drained, neutral to alkaline soil with compost, superphosphate and potassium worked in.
Here is a plant that will survive drought, frost and neglect and still reward you with a bunch of flowers.
The pachypodium is a very slow grower, and it is only after many years that the caudex emerges and the plant becomes a characterful focus point in a pot or flower bed.
P. succulentum pink
P. succulentum white
These plants do well with just rain water but will tolerate being watered once a week. They can also survive two weeks of rain. For better flowering, however, they are best not watered from May to the end of the flowering season in October.

Should you wish to transplant a Pachypodium plant, leave it in a shady dry place without soil for three to four weeks or longer before planting in its new position. This will give any roots damaged during the digging up time to heal and seal before replanting.

The white flowering Pachypodium succulentum from the Free State with its grey leaves, is slower growing than the pink flowering one from the Little Karoo.

Related to this is the Pachypodium bispinosum - an even slower growing but floriferous plant which we are currently cultivating.

P. bispinosum
We are also releasing a hybrid of the Pachypodium for bigger flowers.

There are only two other indigenous Pachypodiums in this genus: the famous "Halfmens" (P. namaquanum) from the Northern Cape, and the Kudu lily (P.saundersii) from the north eastern part of the country.

They both make beautiful focus and statement plants.

Pachypodium hybrid
P. namaquanum
P. saundersii