Indoor Araucariaceae?

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  1. Sky Bedke

    Sky Bedke New Member

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    I understand I am a bit out of my depth here, but I am looking for any advice or information anyone can give!
    In June I was given a Monkey Puzzle Tree from a man around Seaside, Oregon. In his yard was one he planted 15 years ago (pictures below) but sadly he will have to remove it next year due to its location/nearby power lines. Because of this he has started many seedling projects, and was super excited to give me one of his 3yr old starts.
    My dilemma- I live in Idaho, whereas monkey puzzle trees do not.
    I left it to live outside all summer, and it seemed to love the weather we had this year, I was surprised by how much new growth it had. Temperatures are starting to drop now, and I’ve brought it inside on nights its supposed to get below 30 F.
    I plan on keeping it in a cool location with a grow light once in a while, and then take back outside in the warmer months, repotting only every couple of years when necessary. Is this a feasible plan?
    I have done a decent amount of reading on the species, and current known growing locations, but it seems what I’m trying to do is unheard of (or unsuccessful :/)

    Anyways If you have any suggestions,opinions, helpful links, need clarification, anything, I’d love to hear it.


    Pictures-
    1&2: the tree in his yard
    3 : the tree when I first got it in June
    4&5: 2 months later, in August
    6: October, current
     

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  2. Michael F

    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Don't see why that shouldn't work for a few years, until it is too large to cope with.

    The other option would be to plant it in the ground, and erect a temporary greenhouse (poly tunnel style) over it each winter; they'll take temperatures down to about -15°C so it would only need minimal supplementary heating in the coldest winter weather. Shovel plenty of loose snow around the base of the greenhouse for extra insulation.
     
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  3. Ron B

    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Are you in the upland conifer belt or in the semiarid lowlands where most people located in the intermountain region live?
     
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    The Semiarid hills/lowlands :)
     

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