Pachypodium lealii 

February 27. 2000

September 99
After spending the summer outside,  the Pachypodium is lush and beautiful.  Once moved indoors in September, the leaves begin to drop. For weeks they drop and drop until the plant is almost devoid of any green. Luckily, this is the time when the flowering cycle  starts, producing  many clusters of white flowers. It really makes up for it.
By the end of winter the  plant looks quite scraggly,  (see photo below) and may still produce a late batch of flowers. Now, at the end of February,  brand new leaves are appearing on some branches.

February 2000

This picture shows the still fat caudex, since I water just enough in winter to prevent the plant from going totally dormant.

The photo below was taken  Feb. 27. 2000
the last cluster of the season

Pachypodium lealii can be easily propagated from cuttings taken in early spring.
Dip the freshly cut pieces in Rootone and place in water. It takes about three months for roots to appear. Then just pot the babies up in a cactus-soil mixture