Can you prune a very tall madagascar palm and root the pieces you cut off???
Have a madagascar cactus that is 12 ft tall in a pot with a 9 ft and 8 ft one. Can I prune these, and then they might branch at the prune site? Can the pieces I prune off root??? Thank you?
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You don't see many instances where these are rooted by tip cutting. That isn't to say that it is impossible, but it is probably on the difficult side.
Knowing that it is a succulent will give you a clue at how to propagate this.
Succulents propagate when it is dry or only slightly moist. This means that your best bet is to root these in only semi-moist sand. Using rooting hormone may help here, but my guess is that they will dry or rot before rooting.
The best way to propagate multiples of this plant will be from offshoots. These will show themselves after cutting the tip off. They will come from the base of the plant, typically, and will have their own root system already if you split them off correctly, and with a sharp instrument.
This article will help you to care for the plant: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/madagascar-palm/madagascar-palm-care.htm