How to grow Alluaudia procera

Alluaudia procera grow and care – shrub‎ succulent of the genus Alluaudia also known as Madagascar ocotillo, Alluaudia procera perennial deciduous used as ornamental plant and drought tolerant plant, can grow in desert, mediterranean or subtropics climate and growing in hardiness zone 9-12a.

Leaves color green in round shape next to each leaves there is spines.

Alluaudia procera bloom

Flower color yellow or green, small flowers grow in inflorescence in umbel or ball.

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How to grow Alluaudia procera growing and care:

Well-drained soil, light soil, can grow in hardiness zone of 9b-10a but be aware that the plant might die over-winter when it’s young and need to cover in the winter and better to grow it in hardiness zone 10b+.

What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seed – sowing season it’s in spring to summer, better in sunny location, keep soil lightly moist / Vegetative reproduction – start from cutting, cut the stems at least 5cm (2inches) easier like this, can be bigger but then need support that won’t fall, after cut the stem need to wait until the cut area will hill, keep the stem in shade and dry location, important the drainage of the soil, do not over water, and let it dry little bit between water but don’t let it fully dry, shade in the beginning it’s important for the stem, after establish need to expose slowly to the sun.

Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?
No, but easy to start Madagascar ocotillo reproduction like cutting

Difficulties or problems when growing:
Toxic, spines

Recommended planting season?
Spring to summer in hardiness zone 9-10a, spring to autumn hardiness zone 10b-11, all year in hardiness zone 12a

Pests and diseases:

Pruning season:
All year

How to prune:
When the is rotten part need to cut one cm bellow the infected area, for design, dead or old branch, that starts to grow on the side or horizontal in a dangerous way be aware that the plant doesn’t always grow to the top and can be twisted, when they stems getting rotten by age can be checked but when the get infected by virus must cut it that won’t fall or won’t infected all the plant.

Size of the plant?
1-10 m, 3-30 feet

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Slow growing and very slow from seeds

Water requirement:
Small amount of water, let it dry between watering and do not overwater, in rainy location need to put under the plants in lava grit or something like that won’t let the water stay in the same place or plant it in higher location like raised-bed gardening

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun / Half Shade / Full Shade (with light)

Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant (indoor)?

Alluaudia procera indoor care:
When grow it indoor need to take care of the air ventilation, need that the soil that will be well ventilated and airy also need good to use sandy soil or cactus mix soil

Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:

Blooming information

Bloom season:

General information about the flower:
Yellow or green flowers, small flowers grow in inflorescence in umbel or ball.

Scientific name:

Alluaudia procera

How to grow Alluaudia procera

Alluaudia procera plant care

Alluaudia procera drought tolerant

Alluaudia procera leaves


Blooming Seasons
  • Summer flowers
Flower colors
  • Green flower
  • Yellow flower
  • Desert Climate
  • Mediterranean Climate
  • Subtropics Climate
Ornamental parts
  • Ornamental leaves
  • Ornamental plant
Plant growing speed
  • Slow growing plants
Plant life-form
  • Deciduous
  • Perennial plant
  • Shrub
  • Succulent
Plant Uses
  • Drought tolerant plants
  • Ornamental plants
Planting Season
  • Autumn Planting
  • Spring Planting
  • Summer planting
Plants sun exposure
  • Full sun Plants
  • Part shade Plants
Watering plants
  • Small amounts of water
Hardiness zone
  • Hardiness zone 10
  • Hardiness zone 11
  • Hardiness zone 12
  • Hardiness zone 9