How to grow a monkey tree from the pod?

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  1. ceejay

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    I have a big monkey tree pod,(cone?) and I know I can use this to grow a tree, but how do I go about doing that? Do I break the pod take the seeds out and then sow them?
     
  2. Michael F

    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    The cones won't be ripe yet, they ripen in September to October in the northern hemisphere. When ripe, the cones break up to release the 200 or so seeds. Sorry, but a cone picked now won't have any viable seed in.

    If you can get some more in the autumn, there's details on growing the seeds here: http://www.pinetum.org/adviceAR.htm
     
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    chimera Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Thought that the cones may take 2 years to ripen? If you search "seed " in this forum "Monkey Puzzle Trees and Relatives" some more useful info will come up of others success with seed.
     
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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    About 18 months, from spring pollination to seed maturity in autumn the following year.

    The two years probably refers to the total reproductive cycle, including the months between when the cones first start development and pollination.
     
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    chimera Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Interesting, thank you.
     
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    I didn't know monkeys grew on trees! LOL
     

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