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Jul 06,"First, collect your seed" Back in August of last year, a kind friend gave me a dozen enormous Araucaria araucana (Monkey Puzzle tree) seeds: they are fully 2" long, probably the biggest seeds I have ever seen.

Male cones are elongated, resembling the shape of a cucumber.

Having done a little internet research, I decided to germinate them using the ice-cream tub method, so I filled an old ice cream tub with clean new compost, nicely dampened but not Author: Rachel The Gardener. Sep 12, The monkey puzzle tree is most at home clinging to the sides of mountains, particularly volcanoes.

What’s particularly interesting about this is that the bark of the tree is resistant to fire, meaning clusters of them can actually survive lava flows.

Usually found at around 3, feet above sea level and higher, this gives a good indication /5(22K). Reaching up to 30m in height, monkey puzzle has a stout, almost cylindrical trunk with smooth bark that has a purplish-brown colour. The base of a large tree can resemble an elephant's foot. Look out for: the distinctive leathery leaves and the sharply pointed scales of the cones.

You can grow this plant from seeds. For better results, it’s advisable to use fresh seeds. First of all, soak the seeds in lukewarm water for about 24 hours.

Thereafter, fill a seed-starting tray with the potting mix. Place the seeds with the pointed tip facing down. Place them 2 inches apart, and about ¾ inch treemulch.pwted Reading Time: 6 mins. Sep 15, I have always loved the Monkey puzzle. They are one of the oldest trees on earth and originated in the Andes. I have seen one as far north as the Isle of Skye.

It produces large pods each year that fall off with seeds inside but they never seem to grow!

Wanted one ever since. Its not easy to get a little one or seeds because there need to be male and female trees in the neighborhood. Sep 11, Araucaria araucana (a.k.a. monkey puzzle tree, monkey tail tree, Chilean pine, or pehuén) is an evergreen tree which can reach over feet in height and can live to be a thousand years trees take twenty years to reach sexual maturity and similar to other ancient trees like gingko biloba, and fellow Araucaria genus member the bunya, they are dioecious having distinct male and.

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