Top Questions About Monkey Puzzle Trees

Click on links below to jump to that question.

Questions About Monkey Puzzle Trees

Asked by
angiejcox5 on
March 13, 2017
West Sussex, england

Q. Monkey puzzle tree

Several years ago I planted a monkey puzzle tree in my side garden lawn which abuts the pavement. It is about 10 feet tall. Bought at Eden project years ago. The tree is 10-12 feet inside the property line. 2 boys were chasing each other and ran into my lawn and 1 scratched his arm and leg on the tree. The mom is really furious that I planted such a dangerous tree. I can see me going out one day and seeing it chopped down! Can she insist I chop it down? It is my property.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
March 14, 2017
A.

Unless your tree is encrouching on public property, I would no know of any reason you would be asked to remove a tree on your property.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Araucaria_araucana

00
Was this answer useful?
Join Us - Sign up to get all the latest gardening tips!
Asked by
Anonymous on
April 6, 2017

Q. Monkey Puzzle tree.

My MPT has turned brown except for the new growth. Over the winter. What is wrong and is there anything I can do.
The tree is indoors.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
April 6, 2017
A.

This is actually common for the lower, older branches to die off as the plant ages.
Here is a link with more information.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/monkey-puzzle/monkey-puzzle-indoors.htm

00
Was this answer useful?
Asked by
Anonymous on
September 29, 2017

Q. Monkey puzzle tree

How can I start a new plant off my monkey puzzle tree? Do I need to root it in water or just cut a section off and plant it? It is an indoor plant.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
September 29, 2017
A.

From what I've read, monkey puzzle trees cannot grow from regular cuttings. There is supposed to be a way to propagate them from dormant side buds which produce something known as epicormic shoots. See the Propagation section of this article:
http://www.pfaf.org/user/plant.aspx?LatinName=Araucaria+araucana

00
Was this answer useful?
Asked by
willow1961 on
November 18, 2017

Q. monkey puzzle tree

I have just brought a monkey puzzle tree cutting where and when do I plant in garden please?

Answered by
BushDoctor on
November 18, 2017
Certified Expert
A.

As long as you are in zone 7 or up, you may plant this in spring. If you are outside of this area, then you will want to consider growing this in container. This article will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/monkey-puzzle/monkey-puzzle-indoors.htm

00
Was this answer useful?
Asked by
Nicki Nightingale on
March 9, 2018
Central Scotland

Q. Monkey Puzzle tree

Is there a dwarf variant?

Many thanks

Nicki

Answered by
BushDoctor on
March 9, 2018
Certified Expert
A.

There seems to be some varieties that claim to be a dwarf, but I'm not certain on the accuracy of the information. Many trees can be kept smaller in large containers, as long as you know how to properly root prune them. I would check local nurseries, and online nurseries for claims of dwarf varieties.

00
Was this answer useful?
Asked by
A.Whiteley on
July 3, 2018
M40 9HY

Q. i think i have killed my 25 year old monkey puzzle tree :(

Hi i wonder if you could help me please, i have a 25 year old monkey puzzle tree and all around it is small old paving that had dandelions growing up in between them so i used weed killer on them then a few weeks later we had it jet washed now my branches on the tree and the tips on the end are going brown i planted it 25 years ago and it is nearly as big as the house i will be devastated if i cannot save it. Thank you.

Answered by
drtreelove on
July 3, 2018
A.

There is nothing you can do except wait and see.
You don't state what week killer you used or at what application rate, so there is no way we can provide information on outlook for the tree survival.

00
Was this answer useful?
Asked by
Anonymous on
November 8, 2018

Q. my monkey puzzle tree

My tree is 40 years old and has always had very dark green leaves, about 4 years ago I had the ground beneath the tree covered with a membrane and gravel. The leaves are now a very light green and some lower braces are brown. Do you think it will help the tree to recover if I remove the gravel and the membrane as I think it may not be getting sufficient water. A. Cooper

Answered by
drtreelove on
November 8, 2018
A.

If the membrane is not permeable then it is especially important to remove it. If it is permeable and water can penetrate, then try stepping up the watering in the entire root zone beneath the foliar canopy (dripline) and beyond. Apply a water soluble complete fertilizer.

But there is another possibility, that of a pest infestation. Araucaria species are subject to scale insects and mealybugs. They may become more susceptible if stressed from something like water deficit due to the change of conditions and soil covering.
For a 40 yo tree you may need to have an assessment and diagnosis from a certified arborist, plant health care specialist.

Pests and disorders of Araucaria spp:

Araucaria scale (similar to Cottony cushion scale)
Armored scales
Black araucaria scale
Dictyospermum scale
Mealybugs
Golden mealybug

Environmental disorders:
Mineral deficiencies
Nutrient and mineral excesses
Poor water management

00
Was this answer useful?
1 2 3
Learn

Learn From
Your Peers on
Our Blog

Visit Our Blog
The website that started it all!
Main Website

Do you know a lot about gardening?
Become a GKH Gardening Expert

Learn More