Monkey-puzzle Tree

usha_srinivasan(z5/6 SE MI)April 6, 2012

I just have to share with fellow plant enthusiasts here : finally I was able to identity this

indoor plant/tree that I have seen for years at one of the thrift stores I frequent. Always wondered what it was but no at the store had a clue.

Well the plant kinda sorta reminded me of norfolk island pine and I found it by searching under google images It is is Araucaria araucana, aka monkey puzzle tree. It looks somewhat like norfolk pine sold at stores in the US but is much more interesting looking to me : twisty, gnarly, not as droopy as norfolk pine . Here are some pics

Has anyone grown this plant? Know where I can buy one ? I also read

that it can be grown from seeds and would like to try to grow from seed if I can get my hands on some.

Any information appreciated.



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pirate_girl(Zone7 NYC)

try doing a search for "nurseries that sell Araucaria"

    Bookmark   April 6, 2012 at 3:43PM
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usha_srinivasan(z5/6 SE MI)


I am sure there are plenty of online sources selling Araucaria. I am a big online shopper so searching for online stores that sell this plant is not the issue.

One reason I love this forum is because people here are willing and happy to share their personal experience - in this case I am asking for GWers experience buying this plant or growing it from seed. Sorry if my original posting didnt get the message across .


    Bookmark   April 6, 2012 at 4:37PM
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pirate_girl(Zone7 NYC)

Hi Usha,

Well I went literally by your question 'know where I can buy one?' which you've just clarified above.

Sorry, I have no experience in either growing or buying this, likely someone else will.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2012 at 6:25PM
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dellis326 (Danny)

They get huge, I saw some in Ireland that were at least 100 feet tall. I do not think they would be hardy in Michigan.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2012 at 9:38PM
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Aracaria Araucana is the cold hardiest species--down to zone 7. Supposedly there are a few planted in my area but they are quite rare and you have to go searching for one being grown in the home garden. Years ago, a local garden center was selling nice ones for 10.00 and I passed it by only to regret it. I have since purchased one from eBay. No, it was not huge originally, but it has started to branch. I might eventually put it into the ground, but right now it's containerized and goes into a cold greenhouse in the winter. They all prefer cool, moist climates so resent excessive heat as much as cold--so Ireland is kind to them. You could grow one in Michigan but would need to protect it in typical zone 5 winters. I don't know how they would do as a houseplant in the winter under warm, indoor conditions though.

    Bookmark   April 7, 2012 at 7:55AM
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