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Monkey Puzzle

Monkey Puzzle Tree (Araucaria araucana)

The Monkey Puzzle tree (Araucaria araucana) is a coniferous tree sometimes known as the Araucarian or Chilean pine, although it is not actually a pine species. It is the hardiest member of the genus Araucaria, in the Araucariaceae family, the other members of which are found widely scattered in Oceania, northern Australia and parts of South America. The Monkey Puzzle is native to the south-central Andes, the main habitat region being situated at latitudes between 37.5 and 39.5ºS. It is found mainly on the Chilean side, typically above 1000m. The climate is mild temperate and annual rainfall is 1250-2000mm (in one locality up to 4000mm).

In their native habitat Monkey Puzzle trees can grow up to 48m high and live for over 1200 years. Mature trees produce large cones, each of which contains up to 200 nuts. The nuts are both tasty and nutritious and have been long prized as a food by indigenous peoples. In the wild, trees begin to produce nuts at around 25-40 years. However, there is strong evidence that cultivated trees begin flowering much earlier in life (early flowering in a common phenomena in cultivated seed-grown trees and may be partly due to root stress during the first few years). The first cones have been recorded on cultivated Monkey Puzzle trees at around 12 years.

Popular as an ornamental tree, the Monkey Puzzle has been planted in many northern hemisphere countries and is found growing well as far north as 63ºN in western Norway. It will tolerate wet maritime climates, salt exposure, and winter temperatures down to -20°C.

Germinated Monkey Puzzle seeds

The seeds are from a sustainable source, collected by the nursery and then germinated in compost. When supplied the seeds have a tap root approx 5-10cm long.

Orders are normally despatched within one week of payment being received. Delivery to other European countries normally takes 6-10 days.

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The seeds are recorded delivery so can be tracked. There are approximately 100 germinated seeds per kg (this includes some compost). The seeds are packed into sealed plastic containers. Detailed cultural instructions are sent with each order