Propagation: Monkey Puzzle Tree Seed Pod

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  1. Finerdreams

    Finerdreams New Member

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    I just acquired a Monkey Puzzle Tree Seed Pod yesterday. I was at the local landfill and a couple was dumping some cuttings from a Monkey Puzzle Tree and I asked for a branch to see if I could root it and start a tree. They said it was too hard that way and handed me a seed pod. How do I get the seeds from this pod? Can I get the seeds from this pod? If I can get seeds, what then? Please advise. Thank you.
     
  2. Michael F

    Michael F Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Can you post some photos? It is very unclear what you have. Monkey-puzzles don't have 'pods', they have cones; the cones break up on the tree when ripe in late summer (late August to early September) and shed the individual seeds. The seeds are orange-brown, about 4 cm long and 1 cm diameter, with a 2 cm spine at one end.

    It is also important to know the history of the items you were given; Monkey-puzzle seeds are very sensitive to drying out, and don't keep well, unless kept refrigerated (1-2°) and moist; if kept in a warm room they dry out and die in a few days. So don't get your hopes up!

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    Thanks for answering. I have a cone. That's the picture of what I have on the left.

    Darlene
     
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    Michael F Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Thanks! You could try breaking the cone apart and sowing the seeds, but I would have very low expectations, as at this time of year, the seeds are 5 months immature. Good luck, though!
     

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