Transplanting a Pachypodium

Baja California, Mexico(Zone 11)

If I could ask for an expert opinion, I was wondering if I could solicit advice about this guy that I just dug up. It was time for him to move on. I was surprised by the minimal (but fat) root system, and I was wondering if I have butchered the plant or that is normal. How does the plant look in general? I noticed there was a stutter in growth a while back (the stem gets skinny near the top) and I had to whack a prickly pear that was growing out over it this spring.

I think I'll let this piece sit in the shade for a few more days and then put it in a container in bright shade to recover. Would that be the best plan? If I see new leaves this year then all should be good.

I was directed here from Cactus & Succulents. Never seen a root on one of these guys. Thanks for your consideration.

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Decatur, GA

Baja,
I think you plan sounds reasonable though I am nothing close to expert. I have just have the good fortune to get some pachypodiums to grow well. Mine like plenty of water when they are growing. Palmbob wrote an article on pachypodiums here on DG.

http://davesgarden.com/guides/articles/view/539/

Good luck.
Helen

Baja California, Mexico(Zone 11)

Thanks. I did revisit that article and learned that my two plants are P. lamerei and P. geayi (pictured). Hopefully spring hits soon.

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